Bechtel Park Loop

This walk is situated in the north east part of Waterloo, Ontario. It is at the eastern end of the Laurel Creek drainage basin around which Waterloo was constructed, especially the "uptown" part of the city. If you wish to take some friends on a pleasant, short and local walk this may be it. There is ample parking and the loop follows a relatively easy, wide path, some of which is wooded. Bechtel Park is a popular cross country skiing location in Waterloo. Apparently the trails are no longer maintained or groomed by the Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club. Hikers should avoid walking in the ski tracks during the ski season.

Parking & Access to Trail

Park inside Bechtel Park at approximately 43.483090, -80.492080. At this spot you are situated about 800 m (as the crow flies) from the main round-about in central Bridgeport. This location is also near the Bechtel Dog Park. Here is a Google Maps link that shows where to enter the park from Bridge Street West & the route into the parking area.

Related Walks

Listed immediately below are two walks that are in the same area of Waterloo as the one described on this web page.
Dearborn Plaza (Lexington Rd) to Bechtel Park & Back - a longer walk in north east Waterloo, Ontario.
Forwell Laurel Creeks Loops - an easy walk starting & finishing at Dearborn Plaza with a drop-out point.

GPS Track of Walk


Bechtel Park Location & Static Map

Bechtel Park Loop Map

Volunteer Remembered

While you walk the trails at Bechtel Park you may see a rock with this plaque. Les was a track and field and cross-country running coach in Waterloo Region.

Les Roberts Plaque.jpg


GPS Tracks for Download

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BechtelParkLoop.kml OR BechtelParkLoop.gpx