Farmer's Market Trail

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Photo of a multi-use trail running alongside a road, similar to the one proposed along Parkside Drive as Stage 2 of the Farmer's Market Trail project.

Welcome to the project page for the Farmer's Market Trail Stage 2 development (between Research and Technology Park and Northfield Drive).

Since 2016, the city and region of Waterloo have worked together to realign “The Great Trail” (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) between Research and Technology Park in Waterloo and the St. Jacob’s Farmers Market in Woolwich. The city is currently working on Stage 2 of this project, a multi-use trail along Parkside Drive which will extend from the Research and Technology ION Station and existing Laurel Trail to Northfield Drive, where it will connect to Stage 1, which continues to the Farmers Market. Construction of this Stage 2 portion of the trail is planned for 2021.

Several different routes were presented and considered in 2018, and the chosen alternative (based on utility and property constraints, minimum multi-use trail standards, and public feedback) is along Parkside Drive between Bearinger Road and Northfield Drive. This design option includes the following:

  • The existing sidewalk on the east side of the road will be replaced with an asphalt multi-use trail. The trail will be a minimum width of 2.4 metres (with some narrowing in certain locations).
  • To accommodate the trail, a portion of Parkside Drive just north of Bearinger Road will be reconstructed.
  • Improved trail crossings will be included at the major intersections and side streets.

Sample cross section of Parkside Drive, showing vehicle lane, multi-use trail and separated sidewalk.

Please watch our presentation video to learn more about this selected option, and let us know what you think in our Comments section. If you require any information from the presentation in an alternate format, please contact a member of the project team and we will be pleased to work with you to ensure a full understanding of the project information.

Follow our project to stay up-to-date as this project continues moving forward.


Welcome to the project page for the Farmer's Market Trail Stage 2 development (between Research and Technology Park and Northfield Drive).

Since 2016, the city and region of Waterloo have worked together to realign “The Great Trail” (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) between Research and Technology Park in Waterloo and the St. Jacob’s Farmers Market in Woolwich. The city is currently working on Stage 2 of this project, a multi-use trail along Parkside Drive which will extend from the Research and Technology ION Station and existing Laurel Trail to Northfield Drive, where it will connect to Stage 1, which continues to the Farmers Market. Construction of this Stage 2 portion of the trail is planned for 2021.

Several different routes were presented and considered in 2018, and the chosen alternative (based on utility and property constraints, minimum multi-use trail standards, and public feedback) is along Parkside Drive between Bearinger Road and Northfield Drive. This design option includes the following:

  • The existing sidewalk on the east side of the road will be replaced with an asphalt multi-use trail. The trail will be a minimum width of 2.4 metres (with some narrowing in certain locations).
  • To accommodate the trail, a portion of Parkside Drive just north of Bearinger Road will be reconstructed.
  • Improved trail crossings will be included at the major intersections and side streets.

Sample cross section of Parkside Drive, showing vehicle lane, multi-use trail and separated sidewalk.

Please watch our presentation video to learn more about this selected option, and let us know what you think in our Comments section. If you require any information from the presentation in an alternate format, please contact a member of the project team and we will be pleased to work with you to ensure a full understanding of the project information.

Follow our project to stay up-to-date as this project continues moving forward.


  • Project background

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    In late 2016, the Region of Waterloo and City of Waterloo began working together to realign the Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) with existing trail networks, specifically to better connect our urban and rural trail system between St. Jacob’s Farmers Market in Woolwich Township and the Research & Technology Park in Waterloo. The current Great Trail route in north Waterloo combines on and off-road routes that generally follow Westmount and Benjamin Roads. The improved alignment is a more direct connection, generally following the ION route and Waterloo Spur Line. The improved alignment is identified in the Regional Cycling Master Plan and City of Waterloo Transportation Master Plan (2011). The trail will connect people to the ION system, Waterloo Central Railway and the market area, and will benefit residents, commuters and tourists using active transportation modes of travel.

    The project has been broken out into two distinct portions:

    Stage 1: connecting Farmers Market Road and Northfield Drive. This is a Region of Waterloo project. This part of the trail is within the region-owned railway corridor between Farmers Market Road and Northfield Drive, connecting directly to Northfield ION Station at the existing signalized crossing. Working in collaboration with the City of Waterloo and the Township of Woolwich, the region consulted with citizens, business owners and other local stakeholders. In response to considerable public feedback and requests, the trail will be illuminated and maintained year-round. Construction of Stage 1 was approved for funding through the federal government's Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, and approved by regional council in June 2020 and construction is expected to begin in 2021.

    Stage 2: connecting Northfield Drive (Northfield ION Station) to Research and Technology Park. This is the current project the city is working on, with the planned construction of a multi-use trail along Parkside Drive to extend the Farmer's Market Trail from Northfield Drive to Research and Technology ION Station and the existing Laurel Trail. Once complete, Stages 1 and 2 of the Market Trail will serve as the realigned Trans-Canada (“Great Trail”) route to better connect transit and key destinations within our rural and urban communities.