Huron Natural Area


Most of us don't equate the word 'city' with forest, streams, trails and meadows - that is, until we discover Huron Natural Area, Kitchener's largest and most valuable natural space.

Located on Trillium Drive in the south end of our city, Huron Natural Area offers something for everyone - from hikers and joggers, to photographers, bird watchers, and those who simply enjoy basking in nature's serenity. Here, you'll find:

  • Strasburg Creek, one of our only coldwater streams
  • Provincially significant wetlands, forest, meadows and significant species
  • Scenic hiking trails, boardwalks and lookout areas
  • Children's natural playscape
  • An amazing natural and cultural history

Plan your visit to Huron Natural Area using the following resources:

Help us preserve perfection

Huron Natural Area is a partnership between the city, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the Waterloo Region District School Board. We work together to maintain and improve the ecological integrity of the park, and to educate visitors about the indigenous ecosystems of the area.

When visiting the Huron Natural Area, please do your part to keep the space healthy and enjoyable for everyone by:

  • Staying on the trails
  • Keeping your dog on a leash
  • Picking up after your pet
  • Do not remove plants or animals.

Go natural with us

  • Throughout the year, we present a variety of events and workshops at Huron Natural Area to help people of all ages learn more about their natural surroundings.
    • Tales and Trails discovery walks - Grow your young child's love of nature through our storytime in the forest. We gather for songs and a tale around various themes, then hit the trails for a short hike. Content is suited to children age 5 and under. 
      • Walks are every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. - noon. July 4 - August 29.
    • Summer Forest School Programs - Our summer forest school programs are for those who would like to try out our forest school program. Our programs are taught by a certified instructor from Nature Connect. Sessions can include games, crafts, storytelling, nature exploration and other activities, which are intended to be play-based, hands-on and focused on connecting youth with nature. We still have space in our August program.
    • KNAP: Family and friends nature program - Geared to families looking to discover nature in our city. Sessions can feature nature walks, crafts, games, storytelling and hands-on nature exploration.
      • Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt - Saturday, July 28, 1 p.m.

        Bring a camera and your keen eyes along to look for and learn about the various bugs and flowers that are buzzing and blooming in the park at this time of year. Come and explore the park on this self-guided adventure. You will be given a list of items to search for and find. Meet in the play area to receive your scavenger list.

      • Lakeside Park Swamp Tromp and Pond Exploration - Saturday August 18, 1 p.m.
        Bring a net and bucket if you have them. We will explore the pond to see what creatures can be found. Meet at the playground off Lakeside Drive. 
    • Adult Nature Workshops - Many studies have shown the positive health benefits of spending time in nature. Our programs will help you to slow down, relax and take in the beauty of nature within a small group setting. 
      • Shinrin Yoku walks, Equinox celebrations, yoga hikes and yoga sessions in the park. For more information and upcoming dates, please visit Humans in Nature. You can register here for any of these programs or call 519-741-2600 ext. 4177.

We also partner with the Kitchener Public library to present the Nature in the City speaker series. This series of talks, presented by Kitchener's Natural Areas Program (KNAP) and Waterloo Region Nature (formerly Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists), introduce various topics on nature and urban ecology. These events take place at the KPL's central branch.

For more information on coming events, check out our KNAP schedule or contact our natural areas coordinator.

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