River with forest along both sides

Here are some sites and activities to add to your bucket list this season.

Monarch Woods natural area

Multiple access points on Stoke Drive and Victoria Street South

Kitchener is home to more than 125 kilometres of trails, and Monarch Woods Trail is a scenic stretch worth paying a visit. Nestled in the Victoria Hills neighbourhood, the Monarch Woods natural area shows Mother Nature’s maturity with old trees that have cavities or holes which provide nesting for birds. On a hot summer day, you may be able to spot an orange-winged monarch butterfly. The trail goes in a loop which allows you to enjoy the beauty of the area time and time again. kitchener.ca/trails

Enjoying the grand river

Multiple access points

The Grand River stretches a total of 280 kilometres through much of southwestern Ontario including through Waterloo Region. One way to experience this beautiful waterway is by canoe, kayak or by simply enjoying it from a distance along the riverbanks. The Grand River Conservation Authority provides more information about getting ready for a trip on the water. Learn more about routes and access points at grandriver.ca

Kitchener make tracks 5 km challenge

Any City of Kitchener community centre

We’ve set up a five kilometre Make Tracks route around each community centre in Kitchener, with a bonus route near the future site of the Huron-Brigadoon community centre. With 15 locations in total, there is one to enjoy near you. Strap on your hiking shoes and explore your neighbourhood from a different point of view.

Get started with the Make Tracks story map at kitchener.ca/MakeTracks to learn more.