Waterloo has over 150 km of off-road and multi-use trails. We have installed trail counters at several points along our trail network.

On this page

  1. Trail maps
  2. Trail profiles
  3. Share the trail

Trail maps

View trails and other active transportation features using our in-house city map or Google Maps.

Trail profiles

Our most used trails are listed below. Some popular trails are not maintained by the city, such as the Hydrocut Trail or those running through Laurel Creek Conservation Area.

Bechtel Park Trail

  • located at Bechtel Park
  • 3.2km of trails
  • groomed cross-country trails in the winter
  • close to Bechtel dog park
  • nearby parking

Farmers Market Trail

  • runs from R&T Ion Station to St. Jacobs Farmers Market Rd.
  • 3.4km of trail
  • multi-use trail
  • fully paved
  • part of the Trans Canada Trail

Forwell Trail

Hillside Trail

  • runs from Lexington Road to Hillside Park
  • 3 km of trails
  • partially paved
  • multi-use trail

GeoTime Trail

  • Geotime trail maptrail illustrates major geological events that have taken place through 18 interpretive signs along route
  • 4km of trails
  • showcases the Archean and Proterozoic eons as well as the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras throughout the earth's formation
  • each metre of 4 km trail marks one million years of geological time, every centimetre represents 10,000 years and every millimetre represents 100 years
  • features a sundial where you can learn how to tell time
  • trail highlights when biological organisms appeared and when major catastrophic events took place

Iron Horse Trail

  • runs between Erb Street West in Waterloo and Ottawa Street in Kitchener
  • 5.5 km of trails
  • connects Waterloo Park to Victoria Park
  • multi-use trail
  • fully paved
  • part of the Trans Canada Trail
  • historic route linking Waterloo and Kitchener on former railway corridor

Laurel Trail

  • runs from uptown Waterloo through University of Waterloo to Columbia Lake
  • 8 km of trail along the Laurel Creek
  • multi-use trail
  • partially paved

RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex Trails

  • runs throughout RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex
  • 7 km of looping trails
  • access to the Walter Bean Trail
  • multi-use trail
  • fully paved
  • nearby parking

Spurline Trail

  • connects north end of downtown Kitchener to uptown Waterloo
  • 2.5 km of trails
  • access to Trans Canada Trail and Iron Horse Trail
  • multi-use trail
  • fully paved
  • lit trail

Trans-Canada Trail

Runs along the Iron Horse Trail and part of the Laurel Trail to St. Jacobs Farmer Market

  • 7.5 km of trail
  • connects Kitchener, Waterloo and Township of Woolwich
  • multi-use trail
  • fully paved
  • parking points along trail

Walter Bean Trail

  • runs through the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Township of Woolwich
  • over 8 km of trail
  • multiple access points from Waterloo including the Marsland Landing, the Calude Dubrick trailway and the Musagetes trailway at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex 
  • multi-use trail

Westside Trails

  • runs through the Forest Hills woodlot
  • 12 km of trails
  • access the trail through Laurelwood Drive
  • woodlot contains rare plants, migratory breeding birds and a variety of wildlife

Share the trail

Photo of share the trail sign on one of our trailsFollow these basic rules so everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • yield to pedestrians
  • ring your bell or shout out a friendly greeting to notify someone that you’re approaching
  • pass on the left when it is safe to do so (slower trail users keep right)
  • slow down when approaching a bend or a curve
  • stop for traffic where trails cross streets
  • stay on trails to avoid damaging nearby vegetation or creek banks
  • leave plants and small creatures in their natural habitats
  • use waste bins or carry your litter home
  • respect the privacy of people living adjacent to trails
  • keep your pet on a leash and pick up after your dog 

Help protect our trails.