Laurel Creek Conservation Area is one of the largest natural areas in Kitchener-Waterloo. With plenty of paths through forested greenery, day camp opportunities, and the Laurel Creek reservoir, this conservation area offers something for any nature lover. Laurelwood is in extremely close proximity with Laurel Creek, and a few lucky houses are situated right on the edge, looking out over their backyards to the greenery and ponds beyond. However, there are plenty of activities to take advantage of other than gazing at trees and the occasional goose. Why not check them out this summer?
Yes, you can actually go camping in this conservation area! In total, there are 122 campsites in Laurel Creek, with 44 unserviced and 76 serviced sites. This is a great option for those who are trying their hand at camping for the first time, families with young kids, or the camping lover who can’t always get away to more distant campsites! Book a campsite here.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Get out on the water! Of course, motorized vehicles aren’t allowed, but canoeing or kayaking on the reservoir is an amazing option for some fairly tranquil exercise. You can rent equipment from the gatehouse, or bring your own.
Have you ever gone swimming in a reservoir? We haven’t checked it out, so we can’t testify as to the quality of the water. However, there is a sandy beach on the reservoir, and life jackets are available to rent. The water quality of all Grand River beaches are tested weekly during the summer. See water quality information here.
There is a baseball diamond in the park, as well as open spaces for other sports like soccer or football. Pack a ball or a frisbee and enjoy a game with friends in the sun!
There are plenty of other activities and facilities available in Laurel Creek Conservation Area. See the full list here!