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An Afternoon Snowshoeing at Laurel Creek Conservation Area

Winter here in Southern Ontario had been a bit of a bust up until a couple of weeks ago. When the cold and snow finally arrived every outdoors person I know was itching to get out and enjoy the "real" winter weather we had all been pining for.  So it was perfect timing when Matt from Paddle In sent a tweet to me and Ashley from Tales of Me and challenged us to get out there with his family for a bit of winter wonderland snowshoeing.

Challenge accepted! We made our plans in no time at all and agreed to meet at Laurel Creek Conservation Area in Waterloo.

Trail signpost

Laurel Creek Conservation Area is a Grand River Conservation Authority park. It is a popular spot for camping and fishing in the summer and showshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice fishing in the winter.  The park rents snowshoe and cross country ski equipment for a reasonable price - perfect if you want to get outside and try these two sports without committing to the expense of buying your own gear.

 After spending an afternoon on the trails a couple of weeks ago, I could see why it's a go-to place for people wanting to get outside with their families - especially in the winter.  The trails are groomed and easy enough for kids to navigate, while still being interesting for the grownups.  With a beginner, intermediate and advanced loop, you have a good choice in how long you are on the trail, and how much effort you want to put into your snowshoeing or skiing.

Our group snowshoed the beginner and intermediate loops, travelling about four km in about two hours. That was moving at a pretty good pace, with three kids (ages 9, 5 and 3) and six adults. Matt brought along a pulk and pulled the kids every now and then, but they were awesome hikers and spent a lot of the time walking along with us.

In fact, the little Paddle Inners even spent some time pulling the pulk. These kids are definitely the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

One great thing I noticed about the trails, was that we often felt like the only group in the park. We knew there were a lot of other people out enjoying a perfect winter afternoon - the cars in the parking lot were proof of that. But we never felt like the trails were crowded. This is a huge bonus for trail system located in a busy, urban area.

By the end of our trip around the trails at Laurel Creek, we were feeling warm and toasty from getting some great exercise on a beautiful winter afternoon with friends and family.  This Conservation Area definitely provided a great backdrop for soaking-in all the great things about getting outside in winter.

You Should Go! Here's What You Need To Know...

Laurel Creek Conservation Area is located at 625 Westmount Road North, Waterloo Ontario

Hours:  Weekdays - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends - 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m

There is a very reasonable entry fee, which is paid at a ticket station in the parking lot. Equipment rentals and a snack bar are located in a building located beside the parking lot.  The 2015 fee schedule, include equipment rentals can be found here: Laurel Creek Conservation Area Fees

A trail map is available online. Check it out here: Laurel Creek Conservation Area Winter Trail Map

Dog Policy:  All of the online information states that dogs are allowed in the park. However, Pitbulls or Pittbull crosses are not allowed in the park, in accordance with City of Waterloo regulations.   


  1. Looks like a fun day! You've inspired me to get out there and take advantage of winter more!

    1. Mission accomplished! I am so glad you feel inspired... that is the whole reason I write posts like this one. Thanks for commenting - it really made my day. :) I'd love it if you visited the Sometimes Eventful Facebook Page and shared your own stories and pics of getting outside in the winter. Maybe you'll inspire someone, too!


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