The Laurentian Trail runs for 3 km, connecting Fischer Hallman road in the west through to Homer Watson Boulevard at its east end and connects several schools and parks together.

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Location
  3. Washrooms
  4. Amenities
  5. About the trail
  6. Improvements
  7. 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.

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: 

  • 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.

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 starts at Fisher Hallman Road near Activa Avenue and ends at Kingswood Drive neat Selkirk Drive. Once at Kingswood, after a short section of sidewalk, trail users connect to the Multi Use Trail along Block Line Road with extensive links toward Courtland and onto Homer Watson Boulevard.

Along its route, it connects to:

  • Dinison Park
  • Laurentian Senior School Laurentian Hills School, Trillium School, Monsignor Haller School, Our Lady of Grace and Alpine School are located on the trail
  • McLennan Park
  • Alpine Park
  • The Activa Sportsplex and Peter Hallman Ballyard at near the east end of the trail

Get direction on Google Maps


Washrooms

Publicly accessible washrooms are available at McLennan Park during spring, summer and fall.


Amenities

Play areas can be found at:

Visit McLennan Park for these amenities:

  • street skatepark
  • mountain bike trails
  • beach volleyball and basketball courts
  • tobogganing hill

About the trail

The Laurentian Trail is one of many trails through the City of Kitchener that follow hydro corridors to connect communities and neighbourhood together, off busier city streets and roads. It is a Significant Trail which is largely paved and accessible through the year for pedestrians and cyclists as it received winter maintenance along many sections of the trail.


Improvements

In 2021, we expect to work on several sections of the trail to upgrade them to an asphalt surface and see winter maintenance extend along this important corridor.


Trail etiquette

Help everyone enjoy the trails!

  • 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.