Running for almost 4 km, the trail runs between Morgan Avenue in the south of the City to Ottawa Street north, linking Chicopee Ski Hill and Stanley Park Conservation Areas.

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Location
  3. Washrooms
  4. About the trail
  5. Trail etiquette

COVID-19 updates

City of Kitchener parks and trails remain open for walkthrough access, outdoor amenities are closed

Ontario is in a state of emergency and under a stay-at-home order. This is in addition to the current provincewide shutdown.

The Province of Ontario has added further restrictions to the stay-at-home order, including the closure of outdoor amenities such as: 

  • Courts (tennis, basketball and pickleball)
  • Golf courses and driving ranges
  • Soccer fields and multi-use fields (includes frisbee golf)
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Skate parks and BMX parks (e.g. McLennan Park)
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Picnic tables and shelters

Residents are encouraged to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

If you plan to enter a city-owned park, trail or open space in Kitchener, please follow these guidelines:

  • Parks remain open for walkthrough access. Please do not gather in parks. 
  • Maintain a physical distance from other people of at least two metres or six feet, except for members of the same household.
  • Masks are strongly recommended.
  • Only visit with people in your household.
  • Share the space on a trail – keep your visit short and try to avoid busier times
  • Keep moving – try to keep moving to let others also use the trail
  • Walk in your own neighbourhood
  • Leave if the park is crowded
  • Keep your dog on a leash when not using off-leash dog parks.
  • Wash or use hand sanitizer before eating or drinking and upon returning home.
  • Please only park in designated parking areas.
  • Be mindful of what you put in garbage bins. Only throw out what is required in the designated garbage bins.

Under provincial guidelines, bylaw enforcement will enforce gatherings of those not living in the same household. If you notice gatherings larger than five people outdoors or groups not physical distancing, please call 519 741-2345.

To help ease parking congestion at McLennan Park, a temporary one way system has been implemented. Traffic should enter the park from Block Line and exit onto Ottawa Street. Please park in designated parking bays and, if parking is full, park in the Lions Arena parking lot.


Location

The trail begins at Morgan Avenue near the Centreville Chicopee Community Centre and follows a hydro corridor for most of its length. After passing by the base of Chicopee Ski Hill, the trail swings north westwards and crosses through the woods of Idlewood Park. The trail turns westwards, crossing through Midland Park, ending near the Stanley Park Community Centre on Ottawa Street North.

Along its route, it connects to:

Get direction on Google Maps


Washrooms

Publicly accessible washrooms are at Stanley Park Community Centre and Centreville Chicopee Community Centre when they are open.


About the trail

The Dom Cardillo Trail is named after the former Mayor of Kitchener; Dom Cardillo was the second longest serving Mayor of Kitchener filling the role between 1982 and 1994. Before he was Mayor, Dom Cardillo worked as a teacher in Kitchener then serving on Council between 1963 and 1982.

Pedestrians and cyclists can use the trail, and in winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing can happen on the trail.


Trail etiquette

The Dom Cardillo trail is a well loved local trail connecting communities and service local recreation needs; please help everyone enjoy the trail, and always be aware of users around you.

  • keep the right side of the trail as you move along it
  • keep dogs on leash and remember to pick up after them
  • if you are moving up behind people in front (for example, runners and cyclists) please make people aware of your approach – use a bell, or provide a verbal indication (‘on your left’)
  • if walking in a group, be aware of others using the trail and give them space to pass
  • do not use motorized vehicles on the trail, and respect residents that live along the trail by proceeding quietly – particularly in the early morning or evening