Laurel Creek Conservation Area is a quiet place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Swimming, windsurfing, hiking, and camping are popular activities. The conservation area offers a beach and three picnic shelters.
City of Waterloo
RIM Park is the City of Waterloo’s premier recreation and park complex. This 500-acre facility is home to the Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre as well as many events which draw large crowds to the world-class venue.
More than a million people visit RIM Park each year to take in events and to make use of the facilities’ many amenities. The Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre is a multi-purpose recreation building, home to a wide variety of indoor activities, including sports, theatre groups, art classes, corporate meetings and special events. It has four Olympic-sized ice pads, a skate shop, an indoor playing field, gymnasium, and several meeting rooms. The Waterloo Sports Medicine Clinic is also on site, providing a number of services including physiotherapy, massage and occupational therapy, as well as sports psychology and nutrition.
Outdoor sports facilities include 12 multi-purpose sports fields, six ball diamonds and four sand beach volleyball courts.
The Grey Silo Golf Course, also located a RIM Park, offers golfers 18 holes of championship golf along the Grand River.
The RIM Park Trails offer more than seven kilometres of trails that are perfect for walking, cycling and rollerblading.
Visitors can also catch a glimpse of Waterloo Region’s past at RIM Park. A sixth-generation Mennonite farm house and surrounding buildings is located on site; the Elam Martin farmstead is representative of a traditional Mennonite farming operation in Waterloo County.
RIM Park is also home to the GreenLab pavilion which demonstrates and teaches environmental best practices. A great place to educate kids and students about conservation, the GreenLab has a green roof and an innovative water-harvesting system that stores rain to water the four natural fields.