Places to Ski

Rockway Golf Course, Kitchener

Through agreement with the City of Kitchener, Rockway Golf Course is the official home of the WRNSC trails. For Information and maps:

Bechtel Park, Waterloo

Bechtel park is a popular skiing location in Waterloo. Please note the trails are no longer maintained or groomed by the WRNSC.

Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo

This area is located in the north end of Waterloo. To get there, you can go to the intersection of Northfield and Weber, then turn West to take Northfield to Westmount Road North. Turn right onto Westmount road and park at the side of the road. The park entrance is on the left hand side, about 200 metres north of the intersection with Northfield. The conservation area grooms trails also, but you have to pay a small fee to use the trails. Ski equipment is available for daily rental when the gates are open.

For more information on cross-country skiing and other winter activities at Laurel Creek and other local GRCA locations, see

Shade’s Mills Conservation Area, Cambridge

The conservation area is located at 450 Avenue Road, east of Franklin Boulevard.  They have about 10 kms of groomed and trackset trails in the winter that travel through various forests within the property, and trails available for novice through to the more experienced skiers.  They only offer classic cross country skiing though, as the trails are not wide enough for skate.  Ski equipment can be rented for $13 a set and is available on weekends and daily during March break, but call ahead for other weekdays.  You have to pay a small fee to use the trails.  Hot drinks and food are available on weekends.

For more on Shade’s Mills, see

Highlands Nordic, Duntroon

Early in the season and during marginal snow conditions in Waterloo, Highlands Nordic gets ski enthusiasts going. It is a full service cross-country ski area with a pro shop, ski rentals, a cafeteria, and superbly groomed ski trails for both classic and skate skiing. It is always worth the drive for a nice day out of town.
For more information you can visit their website at