The Spur Line Trail runs between Ahrens Street West, to the north of Kitchener’s downtown to the uptown core of Waterloo where it meets the Laurel Trail. As the name suggests, the trail runs alongside a sideline of the rail network through the region.

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Location
  3. Amenities
  4. About the trail
  5. Improvements
  6. 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 Spur Line Trail starts at the intersection of Ahrens Street West and Breithaupt Street in Kitchener and ends at the Laurel Creek Trail in uptown Waterloo.

Along its route in Kitchener, it connects to:

  • Kitchener Train Station (GO and Via)
  • George Lippert Park
  • Uniroyal Goodrich Park

Get direction on Google Maps


Amenities

Play areas can be found at:

  • George Lippert Park
  • Uniroyal Goodrich Park

 

About the trail

Approximately 1 km of the Spur Line trail runs through Kitchener, linking to the City of Waterloo. The trail was established by the Region of Waterloo in 2016 and formalized a dirt trail that had been established through informal use alongside the rail corridor.

The trail is a Multi Use Trail. It is asphalt along its full length and receives year round maintenance, meaning it is kept free of snow and ice in the winter. Multi Use Trails in Kitchener can be used by cyclists and pedestrians, but the trail should not be used by motorized vehicles such as motor bikes or cars.

The trail links residents, communities and businesses and provides an Active Transportation corridor for many people undertake daily trips for work, school or business along the trail. It is also an important recreational trail linking parks and open spaces and helping add to the quality of life of residents of Kitchener.


Improvements

Work is ongoing at Uniroyal Goodrich park to make improvements to this park space. Work is anticipated to be completed by mid-2021.


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 on the trail, and respect residents that live along the trail by proceeding quietly – particularly in the early morning or evening