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Farmers Market Trail

Trail update

Following the recent rounds of consultation, the Farmers Market Trail study work is progressing onwards based on the following key decisions:

Stage One: 
Northfield Drive to Randall Drive, a multi-use-trail within the rail corridor on the west side of tracks;
Randall Drive to Farmers Market Road, a multi-use-trail within the rail corridor on the east side of tracks.

Stage Two:
ION at R&T Park to ION at Northfield Drive, a multi-use-trail outside the rail corridor following route option 5 (Parkside Drive).

For information on these key decisions, please refer to information on presentation boards.


A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on Thursday Nov. 30, 2017 at the Albert McCormick Community Centre. The presentation boards that were presented at the PIC are not accessible in their current format.

In addition to the PIC, stakeholder meetings were held throughout the month of November with agencies such as Union Gas and adjacent business owners. Some of the themes the project team heard,

  • Safety, such as lighting and crossing major roads;
  • Connections to adjacent businesses;
  • What would happen to the current Trans Canada Trail alignment. 


An exciting new study to investigate realigning the Trans Canada Trail between Waterloo and the Township of Woolwich has recently commenced (see the notice of commencement). Consultants WSP have been retained to assist in this work.

The City of Waterloo, in conjunction with the Region of Waterloo and Township of Woolwich are collaborating to determine if it is feasible to connect the Trans Canada Trail along the rail corridor between the Research and Technology Park in Waterloo to Farmers Market Road in Woolwich. Currently, the trail diverts westwards away from the existing rail corridor towards Westmount Road connecting to Woolwich via Benjamin Road, an approximate diversion of around 3.5 km.

Realigning this trail was initially identified in both regional and city cycling plans. Ultimately, constructing this trail would form an important and virtually direct multi-modal corridor connecting the Township of Woolwich to Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond. Completing this section would see the Trans Canada Trail finished between Woolwich all the way south to Port Dover on Lake Erie (a length of approximately 120 km).

Goals of the study  

Transportation goals of this study are to:

  • provide more transportation choice between communities in the Waterloo region;
  • provide tourism, commuter and recreational opportunities between the new ION system, Waterloo Central Railway (WCR) and the St. Jacob's Farmers market employment area;
  • connect residential neighbourhoods and local employment areas to the trail; and
  • attract residents and visitors to cycling and walking.

The study will examine how a trail can be physically accommodated within the rail right-of-way, identify issues and constraints and provide a basis for an action plan. This plan would then be used to solicit future funding opportunities to construct the trail.


Funding for this study is provided by the Federal Government of Canada through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). Funding timelines require the study to be completed by March 31, 2018.

Study details

Based on time constraints of the funding program, the study has been divided into two distinct parts:

  1. Stage one - Farmers Market Road to ION station at Northfield Drive 
    • Prepare the detailed design of a multi-use trail within the existing rail corridor between Farmers Market Road and Northfield Drive, including the proposed WCR tourist train
  2. Stage two - ION station at Northfield Drive to ION station in Research and Technology Park
    • Investigate options for a preferred route alignment between Northfield Drive and the existing Trans Canada Trail route in the Research and Technology Park

Trans Canada Trail work outline

Public engagement

This project may be of interest to both the public and businesses along and within the vicinity to the trail corridor. Public and stakeholder outreach will be critical in the success of this project. Further details on this will be made available at the appropriate time in the process. For further information on this study, please contact either person listed below:

Mr. Chris Hodgson, P. Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Engineering Services

City of Waterloo

100 Regina St. S.

Waterloo ON N2J 4A8


Mr. Jay Cranstone, B.Sc., MLA, OALA, CSLA

Senior Landscape Architect, Manager

Landscape Architecture & Urban Design


582 Lancaster St. W.

Kitchener ON N2K 1M3


About the Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is a nationwide trail that links the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener and the Township of Woolwich at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market.

It follows the Iron Horse Trail and part of the Laurel Trail for 7.5 kilometres (4.7 miles), and is suitable for walking, cycling and some rollerblading.

We have a Trans Canada Trail pavilion in Waterloo Park, by Silver Lake.


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