Friday, 14 October 2016

Sampling the fall hiking in the Waterloo, Ontario area

by Keith and Heather Nicol
Autumn colours along the Mill Race trail
      Over the Thanksgiving weekend we visited the Waterloo area where Heather’s sister Barb Ryan hosted a Family Reunion. It was a great way to catch up Heather’s brothers and sisters and we also had a chance to do some hiking on some of the trails in the area. We thought the fall colours might be more advanced but it seems like the peak is still 10 days away. On one afternoon we headed to historic St Jacobs which is just on the outskirts of Waterloo. It also has popular trail along the Conestoga River called the Mill Race trail which was heavily used on Monday, October 10. The ideal fall weather really helped bring out the families and since this trail is 1.5 km one way it is suited to a wide range of walkers. We even saw a couple of cyclists using the smooth gravel trail and dogs are welcome on the pathway as well. See for more information. 

Walking along the Mill Race trail in St Jacobs

    The next day we explored one of the perimeter trails on the Laurel Creek Conservation Area. This trail is also a multi use trail and we saw cyclists as well as walkers using it on the day we went out. It had nicer fall colours than the Mill Race Trail and you also get glimpses of the reservoir within the Laurel Creek Conservation Area. This trail is just abit less than 1 km long and we parked near the trail on Laurel Gates Drive. The Waterloo area has many other hiking trails and over the next couple of weeks as the leaves begin to change they should make ideal destinations for anyone wanting to get some exercise. For more information see:

The Laurel Creek trail had nice fall colours when we recently walked the trail

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