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Cycling at West Montrose Covered Bridge  (Photo Credit: Explore Waterloo Region)

Finding quiet rural roads for cycling in Waterloo Region is never a challenge. While exploring endless kilometres of rolling hills or flatter landscapes, cyclists will experience rural rides dotted with charming villages, meandering rivers, as well as a rich cultural heritage of past and present. Head north of Kitchener-Waterloo to the Township of Woolwich, which has 13 on-road cycling routes or head south and explore six neighbourhood cycling routes that can be found around Cambridge, offering recreational cyclists shorter loops in and out of the city.

With an increasing network of on-road cycling as well as a multi-use trail system that interconnects the major centres of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge; cycling is an easy, safe and enjoyable way to visit unique destinations, urban neighbourhoods and attractions throughout the region.

Mountain bikers won’t be disappointed with a fantastic trail system of 25km at The Hydrocut, including 22 distinct sections and terrain suitable for riders of all abilities.

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Numerous rural and urban roads have been mapped or signed throughout the region of Waterloo. These have been published by Explore Waterloo Region Tourism, Region of Waterloo as well as by municipalities in various cycling and/or trail maps. See Information Sources Published Maps for more details.

  • Explore Waterloo Region – Signature Cycling Routes – NEW in 2023, Explore Waterloo Region Tourism (EWR) has published a collection of new signature cycling routes exploring the region. Whether you prefer trails close to urban amenities or quiet country roads, there is something for every type of rider. Three of the signature routes are currently available on the EWR cycling webpage, and some are exclusively available through the new Waterloo Region Cycling Guide App, a cycling navigation mobile app specific to the Region.
    • Hespeler Village-Mill Run Trail Ride – 14km
    • Classic Grand River Loop – 40km
    • Kissing Bridge-Woolwich Countryside Tour – 44km
    • Uptown Waterloo to Downtown Kitchener Loop – 7km (currently available in Cycling Guide App)
    • Waterloo to St. Jacobs Village and Market Ride – 22km (currently available in Cycling Guide App)
    • Cambridge Ayr Loop – 45km (currently available in Cycling Guide App)
    • Waterloo Region Four Rivers Bikepacking Route – 212km, suggested 3 day itinerary (currently available in Cycling Guide App)
  • City of Cambridge – Neighbourhood Cycling RoutesThe Cambridge Cycling Focus Group has mapped 6 cycling routes designed for all ages and skill levels. Routes are generally comprised of dedicated bikes lanes, low volume roads and multi-use trails. See Information Sources Published Maps for more details.
  • Walter Bean Grand River Trail (Waterloo/Cambridge/Kitchener/Woolwich) – This paved multi-use trail is 11km in length and suitable for cyclists of all abilities. The trail runs close to the Grand River through the cities of Waterloo, Cambridge, Kitchener and the Township of Woolwich. Multiple parking and access points available.
  • Iron Horse Trail (Kitchener/Waterloo) – This trail provides a scenic and historic route linking the cities of Waterloo and Iron Horse Trail LogoKitchener along a former railway corridor. The Iron Horse Trail is more than 5km in length. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • Market Trail – newly constructed in 2022, the Market Trail  is a paved, off-road section of the Trans Canada Trail route through uptown Waterloo and north into the Township of Woolwich, connecting Waterloo to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and the Township of Woolwich trail system. Future trail construction will see a fully paved and off-road trail connection between Downtown Kitchener and St. Jacobs.
  • Laurel Trail (Waterloo) – This 9km trail is a mix of stone dust and asphalt and follows Laurel Creek through Uptown Waterloo, continuing north through the University of Waterloo to Columbia Lake. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • RIM Park Community Trails (Waterloo) – This trail system has over 7km of paved, multi-use paths that make exploring the area easy for cyclists of all abilities. The facilities here offer access to washrooms, food and drink. The trails also feature a connection to the Walter Bean Grand River Trail.
  • Schneider Creek Trail – Homer Watson Trail (Kitchener/Cambridge) – This 11km gravel trail takes cyclists south from the city of Kitchener along the Grand River to the village of Blair, north of Cambridge. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • Grand Trunk Trail (Cambridge) – This multi-use trail is over 10km and has a mixed surface of asphalt, concrete and stone dust. The trail connects the village of Blair and travels southeast into the city of Cambridge along the Grand River. It eventually connects to the Living Levee Trail (3km), which connects to the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail into the County of Brant. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail (Cambridge) – Running south out of Cambridge, this 19km trail is a converted rail bed that follows the Grand River through beautiful Carolinian Forest. The trail is level with a stone dust surface. Food and washrooms are available in Glen Morris, Paris and Cambridge. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • Mill Run Trail (Cambridge) – This 6km trail in Cambridge runs along the Speed River between the two neighbourhoods of Preston and Hespeler. Connecting to the Linear Trail in the south (an additional 3km), this trail is multi-use and has surface of stone dust and boardwalk.
  • Kissing Bridge Trailway (Wellesley) – The western portion of this 45km of trail runs through the Region of Waterloo and Township of Wellesley. The trail surface is stone chip, primarily flat and suitable for cyclists of all skill levels. The trail starts outside of Guelph and ends in Perth County. Part of the Trans Canada Trail. (See Regional Published Maps and Tools).
  • Wellesley Township Trans Canada Trail (Wellesley) – This trail is nearly 7km of gravel and starts in the community of Wallenstein, continuing south to Hawkesville. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • Woolwich Township Trans Canada Trail North and South (Woolwich) – Combined these gravel surface trails total 13km in length. Starting east of Hawkesville and running through the village of St. Jacobs, they end in the city of Waterloo. Sections of these trails are on road. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • Health Valley Trail (Woolwich) – Approximately 5km in length, this multi-surfaced trail connects the communities of St. Jacobs and Waterloo. The trail surface varies and includes areas of compact soil, stone dust and wood chips.
  • Hydrocut select finThe Hydrocut – Located east of Kitchener and Waterloo, this trail system has 22 distinct sections that total 25km of well-maintained single track. Managed through a legal stewardship agreement between the Region of Waterloo and the Waterloo Cycling Club. Downloadable PDF map available.
  • Petersburg Regional Forest – a woodlot with approximately 25km of single track mountain biking and hiking trails, just east of the town of Petersburg.
  • Dumfries Conservation Area – Managed by the Grand River Conservation authority, this trail system has 4km of single and double track and is located just north of Cambridge.
  • Cambridge Bike Park – Located in the city of Cambridge within Riverside Park, this BMX park is open from dawn until dusk, weather permitting. Helmets must be worn; while elbow, knee, and wrist guards are strongly recommended.
  • McLennan Bike Park – A specialized cycling facility geared to mountain biking, BMX and free-riding cyclists of all ages. Facilities include four dedicated courses for beginners, intermediates and advanced riders. Located in McLennan Park in the city of Kitchener.
  • Trans Canada Trail – This cross-Canada trail runs through the Region of Waterloo. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. A number of the Region’s trails are incorporated within this larger, national trail including: Kissing Bridge Trailway, Wellesley Township Trans Canada Trail, Woolwich Trans Canada Trail (North & South), Iron Horse Trail, Laurel Trail, Schneider Creek Trail, Grand Trunk Trail and Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail. Connecting Trans Canada Trails in neighbouring regions include the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail that connects to the communities of Brantford, Hamilton and Port Dover. Kissing Bridge Trailway connects to the community of Guelph.
  • G2G Trail Goderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail – The Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail, which has become known as G2G, runs 127 km along the former CPR railway line, which stretches from downtown Guelph to the waters of Lake Huron. The G2G Rail Trail officially opened in July 2015 and consists of 3 regional trails, the Kissing Bridge Trailway, the Perth Harvest Pathway and the Lake Huron Route. The G2G connects through 13 communities and many other beautiful trails, including the Trans Canada Trail, the Grand Valley Trail, the Elora Cataract Trailway, the Avon Trail and the proposed Port to Point Trail. Trail surface varies along the 127km route, with a mix of hard pack stone dust suitable for hybrid bikes, to grass covered sections. Development continues to improve trail surface from end to end and construct bridges to connect the gaps. An interactive map on the G2G website has the most up to date information on trail conditions, connecting trails and communities.
  • Ontario By Bike Self Guided Ride Itinerary – Waterloo Guelph Explorer – In 2020, Ontario has hosted a small group tour that lets riders explore the well-developed road and trail cycling network spanning through the regions of Waterloo and Wellington. This two-day self-guided ride itinerary starts and ends in Guelph. It features a multitude of trails including portions of the Goderich to Guelph Trail, Iron Horse Trail, Laurel Trail, and more. Find detailed digital maps and additional information here.
  • Bikepacking Ontario Routes – BT700, Grand Nith Ramble (GNR), Farmer’s Folly: For experienced cyclists seeking multi-day adventures on gravel roads and rough off-road trails, there are three routes developed by Bikepacking Ontario starting from the village of St. Jacobs near Waterloo. All routes are provided with Ride with GPS files and notes and are unsupported and should only be attempted with caution and preparation, plus the awareness that route conditions can change seasonally and without notice.
  • Waterloo Region Cycling Guide App (new 2023) – this mobile app specific to Waterloo Region helps local and visiting cyclists navigate to safe cycling routes in the Region and give riders options and information about the type of infrastructure enroute. Also included in the app are bicycle friendly businesses, bike parking locations, and a collection of signature urban and rural rides.
  • Region of Waterloo Bike Map (2021)A summary of all bike infrastructure in the cities and townships of Waterloo Region. The digital and print map highlights public art, scenic historic bridges, the Hydrocut trails (a premier mountain bike destination) and Ontario by bicycle friendly businesses. Printed maps are available at many local bicycle friendly businesses in partnership with Explore Waterloo Region. A limited supply of maps can be found at Regional buildings open to the public.
  • City of Kitchener Bike Map – This digital and print cycling map was produced by the City of Kitchener and features signed bike routes and trails throughout the city.
    • Print copies available for free at any City of Kitchener community centre or at Kitchener City Hall.
  • Hydrocut Mountain Bike Map – Produced by Waterloo Cycling Club this map provides routes for 25km of trails.
  • Cambridge Trails Map – This map features 7 trail systems, including portions of the Trans Canada Trail. On-road bikeway and trail linkages, points of interest and other services are listed.
  • Waterloo Cycling Map – Digital PDF maps are available for download and represent various areas throughout the city of Waterloo. Maps include signed cycling routes and trail information.
  • Kissing Bridge Trailway Map – This map was developed in partnership between the County of Wellington, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, five community groups and a volunteer Trail Advisory Board and shows routing and services for the entire 45km trail.
  • City of Cambridge Neighbourhood Cycling Routes – The Cambridge Cycling Focus Group has mapped 6 cycling routes designed for all ages and skill levels and downloadable as PDF files.
  • Woolwich On-Road Cycling Routes – The Township of Woolwich has identified 13 on-road bike routes and published them online with route information and maps.
  • G2G Trail Interactive Map – An interactive Google Map with details including trail kiosks, connecting trails and other rider information helpful to explore the trail.
  • Hamilton – Brantford – Cambridge Trails Map (2007) – This map includes the trail network from Cambridge to Hamilton, including regional conversation areas, trailhead and parking information.
    • Guidebook to Woolwich Trails CoverA Guidebook to Woolwich Trails – In its 6th Edition, this guide includes foldout maps, photographs and Guidebook to Woolwich Trails Coverdetails of trails within Woolwich Township. Price: $20. Guide available at a variety of locations listed here.
    • Grand River County Trails – This printed guide is spiral bound and features illustrated maps, including a fold-out map and route details for regions surrounding the Grand River. The price of the guide is approximately $14.95 and can be purchased online.
    • PingStreet – This mobile application available on Apple iOS, Android and Blackberry, PingStreet is a free mobile app that offers one-touch access to listings and maps of trails that run throughout parts of the region.

    For more information on accommodation, attractions and activities within the greater region visit Explore Waterloo Region, or OntarioTravel.ca

    * Please note there are may be additional trails, routes, events and information resources for the region that may be of interest and useful to cyclists. Changes to the above links, listings and cycling routes may occur.

Waterloo Region – Related Blogs

Explore Seven New Rides in Waterloo Region

October 12, 2023|

Waterloo Region is emerging as a really interesting ride destination and cyclists around the province are taking note. The Region has put a lot of work and resources into developing trails and cycling infrastructure and more recently has developed a collection of signature rides to explore for everyone from locals to day trippers, to overnight bikepackers.

The Grand Watershed Trails Network: Encouraging Tourism on Two Wheels

March 30, 2022|

The Grand River is a beautiful and scenic heritage waterway that spans all the way from the highlands of Dufferin County to the mouth of Lake Erie. While these trails exist along the Grand River, there has never been a single route that links them together to provide a network of trails from end to end. Until now.

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Locals Share Top Rides in Waterloo Region

September 14, 2021|

If you are a keen cyclist chances are you know the best routes in your neighbourhood, city and surrounding area. Hence who better to ask for ride suggestions than a local. We reached out to a few connected friends to ask them to share some insider tips, their favourite rides and destinations in and around Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge areas.

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Bikepacking Ontario Style

February 16, 2021|

Over the last few years, bikepacking has become increasingly popular. It allows for some epic cycle touring and while it can take many forms, it often gets riders out on a more challenging experience exploring exciting areas off the beaten track. With its diverse landscapes and large network of old railway lines, trails and gravel roads, Ontario is an ideal location for a bikepacking adventure.

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