An extensive trail network of more than 6 km of trail that link Forest Heights in the west side of Kitchener to the Iron Horse Trail in central Kitchener.

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Forest Heights trail corridor
  3. Henry Strum Trail
  4. Sandrock Trail
  5. Trail etiquette

COVID-19 updates

City of Kitchener parks and trails remain open

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

  • 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
  • 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.

NOTE: public washrooms are only available at limited facilities. It is recommended that you use the washroom before leaving home.

Under provincial guidelines, bylaw enforcement will enforce gatherings of those not living in the same household. If you notice gatherings larger than 10 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.

Forest Heights trail corridor

This trail loop forms a triangular shape along to the north of Highway 8 in the Forest Heights Community. The trails follow hydro corridors and are largely unpaved in nature. The trails are accessible by cyclists and pedestrians.

Henry Strum Trail

The trail starts at the Iron Horse Trail near West Avenue, and heads west alongside the Henry Sturm creek, from which it takes its name. The trail is partially paved and some sections are winter maintained. The trail is a Multi Use Trail and accessible to cyclists and pedestrians.

Sandrock Trail

The Sandrock Trail starts at Highland Road West, near the intersection with Fischer Hallman and follows the Detweiler Creek. The trail is partially paved and some sections are winter maintained. The trail is a Multi Use Trail and accessible to cyclists and pedestrians.

Trail etiquette

  • 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 (cars, mopeds, ATVs, snowmobiles) on the trail, and respect residents that live along the trail by proceeding quietly – particularly in the early morning or evening