We inspect the tobogganing hills on this page on a regular basis throughout the winter. These are the best hills to go tobogganing on in Kitchener.

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Locations
  3. Enjoying tobogganing safely

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.


Locations

There are designated tobogganing hills in these parks:


Enjoying tobogganing safely

We inspect these locations are inspected on a regular basis through the winter season. We will close the toboggan hills if conditions do not support safe sliding (example: if the hills become too icy). Please follow the posted signs.

We do not have staff at these hills. Adult supervision is recommended. Use good judgement going up and down any of the designated hills.

When using one of our tobogganing hills, please follow these safety tips:

  • only toboggan on recognized areas, and make sure there’s nothing blocking your path down the hill
  • never use a toboggan run that has an obstacle on it
    • avoid using slopes with trees, light poles, signs, garbage cans or other things near to them
    • toboggans have no steering and riders have limited control on direction to their slide
  • wait for other users to clear the hill before you start sledding
  • use recognized lanes outside of the toboggan hill to return to the top
  • clear the bottom of the hill promptly to allow the next person to start their run
  • only have one person tobogganing on a run at a time
  • you don’t need to start at the top
    • find a point of the hill you are comfortable with starting from
    • the lower down the hill, the more control you’ll have over your speed
  • know where you are and carry a cell phone in case there’s an accident
  • remember to dress up to keep warm and dry!
    • gloves, a hat, snow pants and a jacket will help you enjoy your time on the slopes