Waterloo Park

Run park trails and go for tunes uptown

Trail / Hike


Half day

In the heart of Waterloo, bordering the university and steps from the iconic Perimeter Institute, is expansive Waterloo Park. With a huge infrastructure upgrade on its way, this park is a great place to get to know in your running shoes, and is close enough to King Street for a cool drink or live music when you’re done.

Waterloo Park

Waterloo Park, Young Street West, Waterloo, ON, Canada

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Planning your run

Set yourself up for a run through Waterloo Park

Paving the way

The park is home to freshly asphalted pathways for an easy run, and there’s a boardwalk lining Silver Lake with a pavilion that’s great for taking a break by the water. There are ongoing upgrades happening to Waterloo Park, so it seems to always be expanding to help locals get outside. The next planned feature? A glow-in-the-dark trail for your nighttime running (or meandering) pleasure.


Petting zoo view

As you’re running around this 111-acre picturesque park, don’t be alarmed by the occasional farm animal sound – the Eby Farmstead is here. It makes a nice running backdrop plus is a great place to get in some pictures with alpacas, llamas, goats, pigs and more. Heads up: the peacocks in particular can get pretty noisy.

Back-in-time detour

If you’re in the mood for some local history, run to the southeastern edge of Silver Lake and check out Abraham’s Erb’s Grist Mill (and now you know: a grist mill is for grinding grain). This building, though constructed in the 1990s, is a replica of the original mill built in 1816, to give the park a hit of historic charm. Not into history? For something a little more modern, look westward at the windows of the Perimeter Institute, a theoretical physics research centre.

Post-run refreshments

After your run session, head to one of the restaurants and pubs in Uptown Waterloo. If you’re in the mood for some fresh food, stop by Abe Erb to top of your day. Or head a little further down King Street to the Duke of Wellington. They have live music every night at 9pm, but if you’ve got an evening run planned make sure to show up early – it can get pretty packed.

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