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Iron Horse trail, Kitchener-Waterloo 

Hike Ranking: Up to 15km out and back for the entire route, but choose your distance.

Level 1: easy, flat, fully paved and perfect for strollers or wheelchairs.

Paved urban trail linking Waterloo Park in Waterloo, Victoria Park and Rockway Gardens in Kitchener. Any of these locations have lots to see and are good for people of all ages to spend some pleasant time strolling around. On the trail keep right and watch out for bikes!    

 

Starting at Waterloo Park

Parking: Enter the park from Young St., off Albert St., north of the Waterloo Public Library. 

[Coordinates: GPS 43.466935, -80.528739]

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Description:

Tour the park and see the gardens, gazebos, the first school house in the region, lakes with geese and ducks, domestic animal enclosures, splash pad and playgrounds, then head downtown to Carolyne St. past the old railway station and the Clay and Glass Gallery. The trail passes the back of the shopping mall going along Carolyne St., then turns right between buildings in a pretty walkway just past Vincenzos. From there you will be able to follow the trail without any navigation problems. Note the old industrial machinery adorning the trail, reminding us of the flourishing manufacturing industry we used to have locally.

 

Starting at Victoria Park

Parking: Lots are off Jubilee Drive that cuts through the park, and at the end of various streets running off David St.  

[Coordinates: GPS 43.445278, -80.498612]

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Description:

Take time to do a circuit of this beautiful park with its large playgrounds, free splash pad, lakes, geese, ducks, bridges, gazebos, gardens and shade trees. At the back of the park furthest from downtown you will find the Iron Horse Trail, which you can follow to Waterloo Park or to Rockway Gardens. In both directions there are installations of historic, local industrial machinery.

 

Starting at Rockway Gardens

Parking: On Floral Cr. that goes through the park.   

[Coordinates: GPS: 43.438504, -80.464826]    

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Description:

Take time to tour the beautiful and extensive gardens, pools, bridges, fountains, rockery, shady grassed walkway above the rockery, and the gazebos. Much of the park is wheelchair accessible or can be seen from the quiet roadside. Go down the hill towards downtown, first left along Delta St. First right on Nyberg and you will see the trail continuing just across Ottawa and a little to your right. At the big intersection of Stirling and Courtland the trail continues on the right of the plaza across the road. It is then easy to follow the trail to Victoria Park on your right where the trail jogs left across live railway tracks.