Iron Horse to Transit Hub Link

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NOTE: This web page is related to the Spur Line Ironhorse Trail Loop web page as well as the Strange Street Aboriginal Settlement, near Berlin, Ontario web page.

Introduction (updated 2023OCT22)

Multi-purpose trails have been the trend in the past few years in Waterloo Region. The Region and the various cities and townships are to be commended for the development of these urban, multi-purpose trails. Obviously they are quite different from the footpath trails like the Bruce Trail, the Grand Valley Trail, the Avon Trail, the Walter Bean Grand River Trail, the River Trail at rare Charitable Research Reserve and the Health Valley Trail to name a few. The urban trails compliment my interest in exercise, wildlife and history. I have been following news coverage of the possible routes for this "side trail" or "link" that will connect the Iron Horse Trail (at Gage Street) to the future Waterloo Region Transit Hub near the intersection of King and Victoria Streets and to the Spur Line Trail.

King Victoria Transit Hub Virtual Tour (video)

Part 1
Gage Ave to Park Street (finished)

Cherry Park

The asphalt "side trail" begins at approximately 43.447755, -80.513067 on the south side of Gage Ave on the Iron Horse Trail. The Transit Hub Trail leaves the Iron Horse Trail and passes over Westmount Creek (formerly known as a branch of Schneider Creek on older topo maps) to the north side of the creek and through Raddatz Park passing to the dead-end of Waverley Road. Then it follows Waverley Road north east (sidewalk or street bike lane), past St. John's Roman Catholic Church and across Strange Street using a newly constructed crossing. At the Strange Street entrance to Cherry Park, you will notice a small parkette and shelter as depicted in the image shown here. The trail passes through Cherry Park arriving at and crossing Park Street at another crosswalk that has pedestrian-activated, flashing lights. You would be at about 43.450720, -80.505810 on the sidewalk near Swanson's Home Hardware Building Centre and Stewart Street. Refer to the red line on the Google Map below.

Part 2
Park Street to Joseph Street (completed as of 2023OCT20)

As of October 20, 2023 this "in-between part" appears to be complete except for a few adjustments. It is about 300-350 m long. Once the trail crosses Park Street, at the new crossing signals, it passes straight ahead along the side of Stewart Street (beside Swanson's Home Hardware & Building Centre), passes the new and big Google parking garage arriving at the north end of  Jospeh Street (43.45195 -80.50266) where it meets and crosses over the train tracks to the south side of those tracks.

ALTERNATE ROUTE for Part 2 - Once you have crossed Park Street to the sidewalk on the Home Hardware side, you can proceed about 200 m southward from 43.450720, -80.505810 along the sidewalk, past the front of Swanson's Home Hardware Building Centre and under the railroad overpass to about 43.449441, -80.504165. Shortly after passing under the railroad overpass abutment, head northeast (left) into a large parking lot area. Pass through this parking lot near the CN freight spur for about 310 m reaching the end of Jospeph Street (43.45195 -80.50266). This alternate route is a blue line on the Google Map below.

Part 3
North End of Joseph Street to King Street

From the north end of Jospeh Street (43.45195 -80.50266) to King Street is done. At about 43.453250, -80.500120,  before the trail descends to King Street, there is a short exit trail that allows people to enter the University of Waterloo health sciences area. The Transit Hub Trail descends to and reaches the King Street sidewalk at about 43.453010, -80.499020 at the Central Station of the ION light rail. At this point one may pass along the sidewalk and cross to the north side of King Street at the traffic light arriving at a parcel of land destined to be the King Victoria Transit Hub (VIDEO - 6 min).

Iron Horse Trail with Transit Hub Trail branching
off to the left, over creek & into Raddataz Park.

Junction Transit Hub and Iron Horse Trails

Junction Transit Hub and Iron Horse Trails

Iron Horse Trail with Transit Hub Trail
branching off to Raddatz Park.

Start at Gage Ave

Iron Horse Trail (foreground) with Transit Hub Trail
passing over creek into Raddatz Park
& then to Cherry Park.

Start at Gage Ave

Start at Gage Ave

Transit Hub Trail passing over creek into
Raddatz Park & then to Cherry Park.

Non-Pedestrian, Railroad Bridge Over King Street

Transit Hub Trail exits Raddatz Park (in background)
& reaches Waverly Rd. (foreground).
Creek on left.

Reaches Waverly Road

Transit Hub Trail reaches
& follows Waverly Rd to Strange St
passing St. John's Roman Catholic Church.

Reaches Waverly Road

Transit Hub Trail reaches & crosses
Strange St entering Cherry Park.

Enters Cherry Park

Transit Hub Trail exits Cherry Park,
crosses Park St to Stewart St.
Trail visible on right.

Exits Cherry Park

The next segment is from Park St to Joseph St.
The asphalt trail passes along
the edge of Stewart St.

Exits Cherry Park

Completed 2023 October.
The trail passes up Stewart Street, past Swanson Home Hardware,
and past the Google parking building.

Trail passes Google Parking Garage

The trail location (red line)
as it passes the new Google Parking Garage
and crosses railroad tracks
& toward King St.

Trail passes Google Parking Garage

Trail passes Google Parking Garage

The Transit Hub Trail from the end of
Joseph St towards King St.
Google Parking Garage off to left
on north sideof railroad tracks.

Trail past Google Parking Garage

The Transit Hub Trail looking back
to Joseph St & Google Parking Garage.

Trail past Google Parking Garage

Device for Counting Trail Pedestrians & Cyclists
Sample Website

Counter

Tansit Hub Trail descends to King Street.
It passes behind the Health Sciences buildings.
VIA/CN/GO Train tracks on left

Trail descends to King St

Transit Hub Trail descends to King & Victoria Streets.
Health Sciences parking lot to left in picture.

Trail descends and passes Health Sciences

Descent to King Street

Trail descends to King St

Transit Hub Trail at Light ION Rail Central Station.
The Transit Hub would be built on land across King St.

Trail descends to King St

 

 

GPS Tracks for Download

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Iron Horse To Transit Hub.gpx OR Iron Horse To Transit Hub.kml