Nature in K-W


Most students from Wilfrid Laurier University have only really experienced the visual beauty of our campus.

Venturing out into the wonderful wilderness that is Kitchener-Waterloo may seem to be a little bit of a stretch for most people.

However, fall — arguably the most picturesque season in Canada — is officially upon us.

This means it’s time to grab the windbreakers, lace up the boots and take a stroll through some of Waterloo’s best natural landscapes.


Photo by Will Huang
Photo by Will Huang

Waterloo Park
The most popular picturesque place in the area can be found right down Albert Street. It’s filled with tons of green space to toss a frisbee, have a picnic or catch some sun — weather permitting — but the best part is obviously the petting zoo. On top of that, you can explore the trails, play tennis or baseball.

Columbia Lake

Most of you have passed by this lake on your way to Sobeys student day, but might not have taken it in. This miniature lake is located at the corner of Westmount Road and Columbia Street West and can be seen from most of the surrounding area. It has fields and trails all around it and is most known for hosting Canada Day fireworks in the summer.

Laurel Creek
The Laurel Creek Conservation Area is a very well-maintained green space at the North-Western edge of Waterloo. In fall months it is a great bike trail for all you off-roaders, but doubles as the perfect cross-country ski trail in the winter. Its diverse fauna and large perimeter makes for the perfect fall Instagram backdrop.

St Jacob’s
I would hope that most of you reading this know exactly where St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market is. Even with the fire that happened in 2013, it could not deter the flocks of Waterloo residents that go each and every Saturday for the freshest food to be bought. Also, don’t forget to visit the town, which has museums and other interesting establishments.

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