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:

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 at 10:00 a.m. January 9 - Feb 27.
    • 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.Free! No registration requird. Note: Indoor bathrooms are not available.
      • Lantern Walk - Saturday, December 8, 7 p.m.

        Bring a lantern (not a flashlight) and we will sing some songs about light and go for a short evening walk around the pond. Many simple tin can lantern DIY ideas can be found online if you need to make one in advance. If you don't have a lantern, come out anyways! We will have some tea light candles available for use as well. Meet at the main entrance picnic shelter. 

      • Winter Scavenger Hunt - Saturday January 12, 1 p.m.
        Meet at the play area with a camera in hand. Pick up a scavenger hunt list and be on your way to explore the winter woods to see how many things you can find. Come dressed for the winter weather. Note: Indoor bathrooms are not available. 

      • Tracking Forest Life in the Winter - Saturday February 9, 1 p.m.
        Weather dependant! If there is snow on the ground, we will scour the land for clues of creatures that make their way through the park in winter. Come dresseed for the weather and meet at the picnic shelter. Note: Indoor bathrooms are not available in the winter months. 

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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