An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Riverside Park, Cambridge

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There are many beautiful parks in Waterloo Region each with their own special appeal. Some are particularly suited for young children, others for organized sports, and others are enjoyed for their trails in a natural setting. Riverside Park is the largest park in Cambridge (102 hectares) and has something for everyone. Located in the old Preston area of the city, it is situated along the Speed River, a couple of kilometers upstream from the confluence with the Grand River.


There are several playgrounds, picnic areas, playing fields, a skateboard park, tennis courts, and a beautiful trail with a well maintained boardwalk which runs through a marsh along Riverside Creek. Some of the roadways are closed to traffic in the winter, but the city clears snow for walking paths on the pavement.

Common Yellowthroat Riverside ParkI started going here last year on my lunch hour as the park is quite close to my workplace. Birdwatching opportunities are excellent in all seasons and chickadees are accustomed to being hand fed in the boardwalk area. Large patches of Marsh Marigold bloom in the spring and Skunk Cabbage grows along the boardwalk. I have seen raccoons, red squirrels, foxes, muskrats and a multitude of birds along the trails. Robins are known to overwinter here in small numbers and Great Blue Herons can be found into December. And if nature watching is not your pleasure, pick another part of the park to enjoy a picnic, to play with a child, or to fish along the river.


Directions: King Street West, Cambridge Ontario with the main entrance between Fountain and Eagle Streets (map)

Open year round, but some sections of the park may be flooded in early spring.

All Photos by Ruth Kinzie


Written by Ruth

July 26, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. Cool site, love the info.

    Bill Bartmann

    September 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm

  2. […] Bean Trail at Zeller Drive in Kitchener. I found the Red-bellied Woodpecker along the boardwalk in Riverside Park, Cambridge. Pileated Woodpeckers are also around although I haven’t come across one yet this […]

  3. […] the beginning of May. They include Steckle Woods, Lackner Woods, Homer Watson Park, RIM Park Trail, Riverside Park and Huron Natural Area to name a few places. These trails are also excellent for birding. Homer […]

  4. ma i know that is there any bicycling park like free bike riding park and is biking allowed in the park roads


    April 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    • There is a bike park at Riverside and biking is allowed on the roads and trails within the park. I hope to post a picture of their bike park soon.


      April 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

  5. […] Black-capped Chickadee at Riverside Park in Cambridge had its feathers ruffled by the high winds yesterday afternoon. This is a good park […]

  6. Jim Utton Divere Eye photography…..looking for piliated woodpecker in the cambridge area…any ideas for a frequent sighting,s spot?….thanks


    December 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

  7. […] went for an early morning walk at Riverside Park in Cambridge. As I approached the bridge which spans the Speed River, I found this squirrel eating […]

  8. […] 7C today but this group of teenaged boys kept warm while doing stunts on bikes and skateboards at Riverside Park in Cambridge. An artist applied spray paint to the wall which faded during the winter […]

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