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  Norumbega Park Conservation Area

LOCATION: Auburndale


Newton Conservators trail map   (Buy a copy of our trail guide)

Location and driving directions on Google Maps for entrances at:

Islington Road  Woodbine Street

MBTA: A 0.5 mile walk from Auburndale commuter rail station

Other maps and aerial photos:   Newton Assessor   Bing   

Connects to: Auburndale Park via a short walk on Commonwealth Avenue or Islington Road

SIZE: 13 acres

LONGEST WALK: 1 mile (a longer walk that includes this park)


OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Conservation Commission


Trails wind through a meadow, steep pine and hemlock covered riverbanks, and wooded knoll opening to a scenic view of the Charles River. There are tagged, honorary trees and shrubs in the meadow.


1897 Part of Norumbega Park, a 27-acre, privately owned park situated at the end of the streetcar line from Boston. The park originally had a deer park, small zoo, popular canoeing facilities, amphitheater, and later the famous Totem Pole Ballroom. Old photo of canoeists
1963 Norumbega Park closed.  
1976 Using state funds, the City of Newton took by eminent domain the 13 acres of old Norumbega Park that remained after the 1969 construction of the Marriott Hotel on the western portion.  


Boating in Boston was awarded the DCR contract for canoe and kayak rentals at the historic boathouse on the Charles, beginning in 2015.

Paddle Boston (formerly Charles River Canoe and Kayak) has a paddling store at a site near this park, and a rental location at the Moody Street Dam in Waltham.

Lakes District paddling map

Norumbega Park bandstandThe website has historic information and photos. A Boston Globe article talks about the creator of the website, and about the park.

Canoeing on the Charles

King's Handbook of Newton (1899)


An AMC book, Exploring the Hidden Charles, gives information about canoing the Charles River.

The Charles River is an out-of-print book, available from online sellers. It also provides information about canoing the Charles River and hiking near its banks. It includes USGS maps of the entire length of the Charles.

Photo gallery

Norumbega Park Then and Now

Love Boats: The Delightfully Sinful History of Canoes

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