Huron Natural Area

Suburbs

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:

The Huron Natural Area cannot be rented or reserved for private events or functions. To find suitable locations, you can check the weddings or bookable venus pages for more information.   

Events and activities

KNAP (Kitchener Natural Areas Program) offers fun events and learning opportunities for people of all ages. Check out the programming that's currently available for Huron Natural Area and other natural areas in Kitchener. 

Programs are free unless otherwise listed.

Tales and trails discovery walks

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. from September 11 - November 13 at Huron Natural Area

  • Grow your young child's love of nature through stories in the forest. We gather for about an hour and a half to enjoy nature-themed songs and tales, as well as a short hike.
  • Content is suited for children age five and under.
  • Admission is free and registration is not required. 

Family and friends nature programs

These programs are free of charge, less than two hours in length, and suitable for all ages. Each event may feature nature walks, crafts, games, storytelling and hands-on nature exploration.

Creature Feature: Wetland Friends - Sunday September 22, 2 p.m. Huron Natural Area
  • Meet in the play area and participate in crafts and and nature play activities. There will also be live wetland creatures (snakes and turtles) to learn about and get up close with.  
  • No registration required. 

Fall Colours: Art in the Park - Sunday October 20, 2 p.m. Huron Natural Area

  • Family friendly activities earth art and scavenger hunt.  
  • Meet in play area to participates in art activity and pick up your scavenger hunt list. 
  • No registration required.

Thirteen Moons on a Turtle's Back - Sunday November 10, 4 p.m. Huron Natural Area

  • Experience singing and storytelling with local Anishnaabe Knowledge Keeper Jan Sherman.
  • Hear about how a turtle's shell is like a calendar.   
  • Limited Space. Registration required. Register here

 

Neighbourhood nature play program
  • Discover play at one of our newly installed nature play parks. We have partnered with Evergreen to deliver nature play programming at Kingsdale and Gzowski Parks. There will be afternoon, weekend and weekday programs.
  • Check the Nature Play website for more information.  
    • Kingsdale Park - Tuesdays: 3-5:30 p.m. 
    • Gzowski Park  - Wednesdays: 3-5:30 p.m.
Humans in nature - forest bathing walks, wellness walks and nature yoga
Forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku walks) - various dates (see below)
  • Join us for a gentle, mindful and engaging walk rooted in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing.
  • Space is limited and offered on first-come basis.  No Registration Required. 
  • Meet at picnic shelter and dress appropriately for outdoor program.
    • Saturday Oct. 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Huron Natural Area
    • Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Huron Natural Area 
    • Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 10:00-12:00 p.m. Huron Natural Area
    • Friday Nov. 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Huron Natural Area
Family forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku walks) 
  • Join us for a gentle, mindful and engaging walk rooted in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing.
  • Registration is required. Register here.
  • Recommended for kids ages 6+. 
    • Sunday Sept.22, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Huron Natural Area.
Autum Equinox Walk
  • Seasonal shinrin yoku walk to embrace the change in seasons.
    • Monday Sept. 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Registration Required. Register here.
Outdoor Yoga Hikes - Thursdays from Oct 3 - 31; Nov 7-28 and Dec 5-12. 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area for an outdoor yoga hike. (no registration required).
  • Please wear appropriate clothing including insect and sun protection. 
  • Meet in the open grass space area.
  • Program to run rain or shine and will be rescheduled in severe weather. 
Wellness walk - Sunday Oct 6, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Join us in Strasburg Woods for a 90 minute wellness walk. Meet at trail entrance on Rush Meadow at Anson Court. 
  • Nurture your body and mind with an afternoon wander through the woods. This guided walk will have a slow-moderate pace with stops along the way to take in our surroundings.
  • Recommended for adults and families with kids ages 6+. 
  • No registration required. 
Nature in the city speaker series at Kitchener Public Library

We've partnered with Waterloo Region Nature (formerly Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists) to deliver a series of talks about nature and urban ecology. Hosted by the Kitchener Public Library at the Central Branch location.  

  •  Wednesday Sept 18, 2019. 7-8:30p.m.  Levi Moore - Turtle Monitoring in North Dumfries.
  • Wednesday Oct 16, 2019. 7-8:30 p.m. David Gascoigne - Warblers - Our Neotropical Gems
  • Wednesday Nov 20, 2019. 7-8:30 p.m. Peter Raspberry - Gaia's Gifts

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.

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