Pioneer Park is actually in Cambridge, right off of Hespeler Road. It forms the eastern part of Homer Watson Park, and clings to the eastern shores of the Grand River. Pioneer Park is not nearly as spectacular as Homer Watson Park, largely because it lacks the views of the river and the surrounding area. There is a neat little tower, but much of the park is designed for children and young families, as the surrounding area is heavily residential and has many new developments popping up. Still, it is a cute little area for half-day trips, especially with a dog.
Puslinch Lake is a park not far from the Kitchener-Waterloo region that provides excellent opportunities for those who enjoy outdoor activities of all kinds. The park can be reached by taking the 401 east from Kitchener to exit 284 (Puslinch Line), turning right and then taking the first left. The area is not in fact a conservation area or a national park, so signage is pretty basic and it's easy to get lost. Once you're in the park, there are trails that are well worn, but not marked. If walking, it's best to stay around the area near the large ponds and lakes, as these are the most frequent paths for walkers and hikers. The less-walked paths that go farther east are the favourites of bikers, and they are usually rougher. It can take up to 2 or 2.5 hours to be able to get all the way around the park, and that usually includes time for getting lost. It's best not to visit right after storms, as the area gets quite muddy, and to bring bug spray during the summer months to avoid the worst of the mosquito bites. Most people tend to stay around the lake near the entrance and the two ponds (one north-east of the lake, and the other directly east through some of the forest). The smaller lake in the forest has some decent beaches, as far as beaches go in the area.