Explore the most popular birding trails near Ottawa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful and starting to green now that it's mid-May

Did the whole jack pine trail in 52 min. Pretty well groomed and easy for all types of hikers, families included. Mosquitos are kind of aggressive near the boardwalk but if you move at a decent rate you should be fine. Nice trail

hiking
14 days ago

Quiet and pretty. Nice length. So many of the NCC trails are under 4km.

Fair warning, the 'Winter Trail' portion across Hawthorne was still quite wet (standing water wet) as of May 5th

No dogs allowed but this said dogs were allowed. Made the trip and had to leave

This loop is pretty flat and the trails are mostly well groomed which makes it good for all ability levels. We went after a big wind storm so there were a few downed trees covering the trail and some Giant puddles requiring us to go off the trail to get around. That isn’t a complaint, just a warning in case someone is planning to go with a stroller. Saw lots of gardener snakes, red squirrels, chickadees, and a duck, goose, woodpecker and a heron. There is a variety of scenery, forest, swamp, ruins, fields etc. Bathrooms at 2 of the trail heads.

walking
23 days ago

Great easy walking trail to just relax and look at the beautiful pines.

fun and easy, good for families

Nice little hike close to bridlewood that offers some neat wooded sections across a variety of terrains (groomed paths, logs , Stoney areas, wood bridges).

walking
1 month ago

This trail is borderline 2 or 3.

Once you are away from the parking lot (P20) and the sound of cars, the woods are really nice. They were teeming with woodpeckers and red squirrels. But the massive hydro towers in the middle of the trail is a bit jarring. There were also a lot of people, so not quite as quiet as other trails.

On the positive side, the species of trees varies nicely throughout the trail and the start is nice as it feels like you are walking on top of a bluff.

Really enjoyed it

Very pleasant.

hiking
1 month ago

I wasn't sure how the trail would be with the warmer weather this past week. It was great! The slushy, melted snow made for great resistance and there were several spots of ground to tread on to break from the resistance of the snow.

Nice winter easy winter trail. Also good for Nordic cross country skiing. Trails are relatively flat. Great for viewing birds!

Better for cross country skiing than snowshoeing but enjoyable all the same. River was frozen over well so we were able to venture out!

walking
4 months ago

Nothing wow but pleasant enough trail. Very flat and new growth mixed forest.

Two things stand out: the lake is pretty impressive considering this is a lake smack near the Kanata suburbs; the portion of the trail near the "North Dogsled" intersection is a lot rockier and more hilly. I would give that part 4 stars.

The area seems mostly promoted as a place for mountain bikers (there were lots of fat tire cyclists when we went) but we saw lots of walkers too.

We found street parking off 2nd line road. There are a couple of entrances.

Lots of red squirrels!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Very nice trail for cross country skiing but the snow was a bit too compact for snow shoeing. I recommend going just after a heavy snowfall if you want to do snowshoeing.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was great! We made sure to not walk on the Cross County ski paths(it was super easy to stay off their tracks), but still encountered a very unpleasant vocal skier . Being considerate and respectful goes both ways ☺️
Please remember it’s a multi-use trail!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Rock and roll times.

hiking
6 months ago

Second time completing this trail. Last time Was in the summer and bugs are overwhelming but in the late fall it’s quite nice. The return path on the other side of Ridge Road is low and extremely wet even without recent rain.

Great walking trail with such beautiful scenery.

Good 3 hour hike with swamps, forests, grassland, boardwalks, Canadian Shield, potential for deer (early morning). Hike through 2 west end NCC trails (NCC 23 - Old Quarry, NCC 24 - Stony Swamp) that intermingle with no roads to cross. Parking either from Old Quarry or Stony Swamp - whatever is preferable.

hiking
6 months ago

Some boardwalks across marshes through mixed forest.

Be careful, went hiking there with my dog today and came back he was covered in ticks.
The trails are amazing though

This map contains a trail that is off access!

Love these trails and so close to home!

Walking trail vs hiking. Bring bird seed in the winter and they will come right into your hand to eat it (if you stand still) :)

7 months ago

It is a great and beautiful trail. I love the nature, I love Canada.

Please update that dogs are Not allowed on the Beaver trail. It is a conservation area.

trail running
8 months ago

Definitely not an "easy" trail for trail running. Rather technical with many roots, rocks, and sometimes mud. It's called "Rock Hopper" for a reason. Lots of fun, but stay alert!

trail running
8 months ago

Not easy, but technically challenging at times with many rocks, roots, and mud.

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