The Iron Horse/Trans-Canada and Laurel trails are two centrally located multi-use trails connecting Kitchener and Waterloo, as well as key sites and numerous parks. These flat, paved trails are also connectors to other area trails and can be combined for a longer run. Note: these trails are maintained in winter.
Iron Horse Trail. Paved multi-use path that overlaps with the area’s section of the Trans Canada runs for 5 km between Park Street in Waterloo (close to King St. & downtown), and Ottawa Street in Kitchener. Combination of woods, open spaces, residential areas. Key sights along the way, starting in Waterloo: Kaufman Park, Woodside Park, Highland Courts Park, Victoria Park, Raddatz Park, and the Transit Hub Trail through Cherry Park. Can combine with our Victoria Park route. BONUS: Lit at night!
- Add-On: The Laurel Trail (below) runs just north of the Iron Horse Trail.
Laurel Trail. Paved 5 km multi-use path connecting key points in Waterloo. From downtown, the trail runs northwest for 3 km, through Waterloo Park, skirting the eastern side of the University of Waterloo, to the Research & Technology light rail station. Or, run for 2 km northeast along Lautel Creek to Marshall St.
- Add-On: The Spur Line Trail connects to the Laurel Trail in uptown Waterloo and runs for 2.4 km to just north of downtown Kitchener, near the train station.
- Laurel Trail: 5 km (3.1 miles) one-way; Spur Line Trail: 2.4 km one-way; Iron Horse Trail: 5 km (3.1 miles) one-way
- These trails are flat
- See description: Numerous possible start points
- Both trails accessible from the light rail system