What can I say about Huron Natural Area? Other than half the time I call it Huron Nature Area or Huron Park. Huron Natural Area,Kitchener's largest and most valuable natural space, is a oasis of natural beauty but also education. The park has recently had some upgrades including:
Here is a video about how it all started!
You can hike up to 2 hours within the park if you stick to the perimeter trails. In one area of the park they have marked out where a native Indian longhouse was located and interpretive signs tell you more about the natives that used to live there. People have seen turtles laying eggs in the sand towards the West end of the park. Others have seen a rare birds in the tall forest towards the east end of the park. The largest pond is only a short walk from the parking lot and you can regularly see beavers swimming in there. Located on Trillium Drive in the south end of our city, Huron Natural Area is an awe-inspiring 107-hectare destination for nature lovers, families, trail walkers or joggers, photographers, bird watchers, and those who simply enjoy basking in nature's serenity.
You can see a PDF map of all the trails by clicking HERE.
Here is a video about the Playscape at Huron Natural Area, ignore her winking 😉
There are some programs that take place at the Huron Natural Area. Me and my kids favourite is Tails and Trails. Its a free event that takes place every Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am. It is best suited for kids five and under and is designed to grow your young child's love of nature through nature-themed song, tales, and short hikes in the forest.
Occasionally there is outdoor yoga hosted at the park, as well as a gentle, mindful and engaging walk rooted in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing (no nudity involved). I have no idea what forest bathing is but it sounds like something we could all use a bit more of.
This place has so many stunning places for photos. I think this is my most requested location for photos, and every time I am there I see other having their photos taken as well. There are fields, hills, tall trees, ponds, boardwalks. This place is perfect for photos all year round. Huron Natural Area full of natural beauty and bio-diversity. I love the fact that Bio-diversity is not only very important but celebrated, I wish diversity was celebrated more often in all aspects of our lives.
The City of Kitchener,Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the Waterloo Region District School Board work together to maintain and improve the ecological integrity of the park, and to educate visitors about the indigenous ecosystems of the area.
When visiting the Huron Natural Area, please do your part to keep the space healthy and enjoyable for everyone by:
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