Waterloo Park Loops

The primary focus of these two walks is Waterloo Park. The park was established in 1893 and covers about 45 hectares (111 acres). During 2020-2022 major alterations took place most of which had to do with water flow along Laurel  Creek into Silver Lake and beyond. For the longer loop walk you may wish to park in the City Centre Lot located off William Street East (usually a 2 h limit). For the shorter loop walk, parking at the Bauer Lot located off Father David Bauer Dr is suggested for a Saturday or Sunday. See parking information below.

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Parking Location for the 5.3 km Loop Walk

Assuming you are driving to the core of Waterloo and wish to walk the 5.3 km loop depicted on this page, I suggest parking at the large municpal parking lot (City Centre Lot) at  43.46415872734833, -80.51924945015357. Be sure to park in the "white lines - free parking" section and note the two-hour limit. There are washrooms in Waterloo Town Square (assume no pandemic closure).

Other Parking Locations

WATERLOO PARK PARKING - along an unnamed park road at 43.464796811655525, -80.53667158953112
DIAMONDS LOT - 43.466181960322665, -80.53533397349686
BAUER LOT (CONDITIONS) - 43.46552612246661, -80.5326744531445. This area is under construction (2022) so signage may be absent or different. Available Saturdays and Sundays according to signage. See image below.
CENTRAL STREET LOT - 43.46957181568943, -80.52898946675137
LIONS LAGOON LOT (currently closed) - 43.46702858377376, -80.52922374392125
SEAGRAM PARKING LOT - 43.46963612586682, -80.53345730711719

 Parking Bauer Lot

Waterloo Potters' Workshop

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New Bridge 2021 JUNE 22

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Information About Rehabilitation of Waterloo Park, Silver lake and Laurel Creek, Waterloo, Ontario

Static Map of Short Loop (~3.5 km)

The red line is a GPS track of one loop we walk. Note that some of the trails on this map may not exist after the park renovations in 2021-2022.)

Short Loop Map

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Map of 5.3 km Loop

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GPS Tracks for Download

HELP: If clicking on the links does not provide a download option, try RIGHT clicking the link (especially the .gpx file) and then choose "Save Links As" (or equivalent) from the drop-down menu. Pick a download location (e.g. desktop) for the file.

WaterlooParkLoop_5 km.gpx OR WaterlooParkLoop_5km.kml
WaterlooParkLoop 3.5 km.gpx OR WaterlooParkLoop 3.5 km.kml