Huron Natural Area is our biggest natural space. It has a natural playground, hiking trails, lookout areas and lots of nature to explore.

We’re working to transform Huron Natural Area into a space that represents Indigenous communities, arts and culture. Learn more about Indigenous placemaking at Huron Natural Area.

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. About Huron Natural Area
  3. Location
  4. Parking and transit
  5. Washrooms
  6. Help us preserve Huron Natural Area
  7. Indigenous placemaking
  8. Programs and events

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.

Effective Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m., the Province of Ontario has added further restrictions to the stay-at-home order, including the closure of outdoor amenities such as: 

  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic tables and shelters
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Sportsfields
  • Skate and bike parks
  • Courts (tennis/pickleball, basketball)
  • Golf courses

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.

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.


About Huron Natural Area

Huron Natural Area is home to more than 250 acres of protected forest and wetland with more than 7km of trails to explore. It is one of the City’s largest natural spaces.

We work with partners to offer programs and events all year long, focused on sharing the special natural spaces of Huron and providing insights into wildlife.


Location

Address: 801 Trillium Drive

Trail accesses from Parkvale Drive and Strasburg Road

Get directions on Google Maps.


Parking and transit

Free parking is available off Trillium Drive.

Grand River Transit (GRT) route 26 stops on Trillium Drive at the entrance to Huron Natural Area. Plan your route with GRT’s trip planner.


Washrooms

There are accessible men's and women's washrooms at Huron Natural Area.

Due to COVID-19, the washrooms are open during winter this year. The washrooms are usually open between May and November.


Help us preserve Huron Natural Area

We work with the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to maintain and preserve Huron Natural Area. Our goal is to maintain and improve the park and to educate visitors about the indigenous ecosystems of the area.

When you’re visiting Huron Natural Area, please:

  • stay on the trails
  • keep your dog on a leash
  • pick up after your pet
  • do not remove plants or animals

Indigenous placemaking

Huron Natural Area has evidence of Indigenous settlement dating back hundreds of years. We’re working with Indigenous communities of what is today Kitchener/Waterloo to ensure that Huron Natural Area is a safe, welcoming space for Indigenous people to celebrate culture, heritage and gathering today.

Our goal is to create an outdoor space that feels welcoming to Indigenous organizations, Indigenous student centres, and Indigenous community members looking to host ceremonies, events or gatherings.

Learn more about Indigenous placemaking at Huron Natural Area.


Programs and events

Visit our Kitchener Natural Areas Program page to find fun activities for the whole family.