An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Huron Natural Area

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Beaver Pond

Huron Natural Area, located in south west Kitchener officially opened in October 2007. The city partnered with the public and Catholic school boards in the development and maintenance of the site. There are several kilometers of groomed trails, some paved for wheelchair accessibility. The area has meadows, wetlands, forests, a stream and large beaver pond to explore. Wooden walkways have been built over sensitive waterways at the beaver pond.

Ample parking is provided and clean washrooms and picnic tables are available at the kiosk near the entrance. The washrooms are open April to October during daylight hours. The park is open year round but the trails are not cleared of snow.  Some of the paths are ideal for snowshoeing and cross country skiing and others are well trampled down by other walkers.

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Pileated Woodpecker

I have seen numerous birds here, over 60 species in varied habitats. Some of the rarer finds have included the Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Towhee, Black-billed Cuckoo, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, a variety of Wood Warblers, Great Horned Owl, Great Crested Flycatcher and Indigo Buntings. Other animals seen have included coyotes, beaver, mink, raccoons and numerous frogs which make a very loud springtime chorus when they are mating. The meadow is full of butterflies and dragonflies in the summer and early fall. If you visit in the summer, make sure to use plenty of mosquito repellant, especially in the woodland and beaver pond areas.

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Monarch Butterflies prepare to migrate in September

Most of the trails are less than 1 km in length and are suitable for children and the trail through the meadow has a number of rest stations.  If you take your dog, be sure to stoop and scoop. There are garbage cans at the entrance. Several geocaches are located here, some quite challenging to find.

Location: 801 Trillium Drive, Kitchener Ontario (map)

Cost: Free

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Written by Ruth

July 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm

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  1. Great website, with beautiful pictures, but like so many other sites about the HNA there is no detailed information as to where the access point is.
    I’ve scanned 4 sites and no good info on accessing.
    All the work that went into creating this area should be acknowledged, but how does the public get to actually enjoy it?
    I’ll move on to other sites (the official one was no help) to find the information. We are having wonderful fall weather, and I just want to go for a walk.

    Ted

    Ted Glauser

    November 14, 2009 at 8:19 am

  2. Hi Ted, if you drive to the address given there is a large circular driveway, parking lot, picnic area, washrooms and maps of the trails.

    waterlooinsider

    November 14, 2009 at 8:55 am

  3. […] forecast for Saturday has improved greatly since mid-week and the events planned for Earth Day at Huron Natural Area will be well worth attending. The Canadian Raptor Conservancy put on several shows during the […]

  4. This natural Area used to be my backyard. We had a horse farm and used to ride the trails and fish in that very pond to catch catfish. I was saddened when i knew that my childhood farm was being torn down to make way for new developing houses, but to find out that they have preserved this area for other to enjoy, warms my heart.

    Anne Ingram

    August 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm


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