The Waterloo Region is traced with many trails, and last year we shortlisted four of our favourites! Whether you’re looking for leisurely paths near the city or trails that wind through scenic countrysides and forests, there’s no shortage of natural beauty to discover here. Check out our 2021 Top Hiking Trails list to get ready to spend time in the beautiful outdoors!
Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail
Take a hike along the Grand River on the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail. This 18-kilometre trail winds along the river through a mature forest, making it the perfect spot for an easy stroll or bike ride. You can access the trail in Cambridge at The Canadian General-Tower Trailhead, which is just a 10-minute drive from our hāvn community.
Along the trail, you will see riverside lookouts, an old railway station site and The Murray Overlook. While this trail leads all the way to Paris, you can always turn back to make your hike as long or as short as you want. This trail is open all year long, you can even bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes in the winter!
Iron Horse Trans Canada Trail
Linking the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener, the Iron Horse Trail is a significant recreational trail that acts as a corridor to parks and open spaces, workplaces and schools. Over 250 thousand people every year use this trail as a route of transportation to navigate through the city.
While you’re there, keep an eye out for historical artifacts! This multi-use asphalt trail is built along the former rail corridor. You can see artifacts that reflect its original industrial heritage along the way, including former rail tracks!
Kissing Bridge Trail
Just outside of Waterloo in The Township of Woolwich is the Kissing Bridge Trailway, a 45 km trail that runs from Guelph to Millbank. Significant sites you will see may include The Grand River, The Conestoga River and significant wetlands.
The entrance to the trail is just a 15-minute drive from our Trailside community. Here you will also see a spectacular view of the West Montrose Covered Bridge, also known as the Kissing Bridge. This historical attraction is the last covered bridge in Ontario. We recommend visiting the bridge in the fall, it’s especially beautiful while the leaves are changing colours!
The Uptown Loop Lake Walk
Go on a leisurely stroll around Silver Lake and take in the beautiful scenery of Waterloo Park. The Silver Lake Boardwalk is a popular spot for residents to enjoy as they stroll along the lakeside. You can even learn about the area while you’re there! The history walk includes a series of signs that tell a story of Waterloo’s natural and cultural past.
Points of interest on this walk include the City of Waterloo’s visitor and Heritage Information Centre, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Victoria Gardens and so much more. You can even stop by Eby Farm to feed some friendly farm animals!
Explore Waterloo Region
You don’t need to travel far to spend time outdoors, we strategically build our communities in areas where natural beauty isn’t far from home. We hope you take some time to explore and enjoy one of the many beautiful trails in the KW Region!