Explore the most popular cross country skiing 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.

Quite flat, easy trail

Nice trail, not too muddy at this time of the year. Some bugs, but I have seen worse. Had a really good time with the girlfriend !! :)

hiking
5 days ago

Very nice, relaxing and peaceful hike. It has very interesting wildlife.

walking
14 days ago

Perfect with kids! We had the chance to skip on wood deck paths, climb tree stumps and fallen branches. Find singing frogs and ready-to-eat raspberries. Of course you are welcomed with notices about ticks and coyotes (which scared the crap of of me) but amazing people with dogs only were met on the trail!

hiking
29 days ago

Nice hiking area to bring your dog! There are a lot of different “off route” trails that give you the option to extend your hike and see different things. Dogs are allowed during spring, summer, and autumn but not during winter.

Love this trail! But got completely accosted by some woman about the dog, both on the trail and in the parking lot.
There are trails that are clearly marked no dogs in the conservation area, but others say dogs are ok or there is no signage. I was on one of the dog green trails. They should update their signage so it’s more clear for both summer and winter as their are a couple of signs that say no dogs in the winter and some that have no restrictions. Otherwise a great walk.

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

Very muddy in parts. We started at P21 and made our way to the bog trail which is really beautiful and allowed us to see lots of birds up close along the boardwalk. We started to make our way back via 53E however it was very muddy in the first 50 yards so we made our way back up on to the road. We look forward to going back and finishing that part of the trail when it is drier.

A bit muddy in parts, will need gortex lined boots to comfortably complete full trail. Almost no snow left,. Trail may get muddier in the next week or two because still some frost under the muddy parts.

walking
3 months 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.

Went on our first hike of the year and we're both beginners, had a ton of fun but it's still covered in snow. Some areas are very wet still, very fun beginner trail that was a good distance. Bring water!

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

It was mostly packed snow when I went. parking spaces were limited.

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
8 months ago

Some boardwalks across marshes through mixed forest.

Nice trail but share it with too many mosquitoes

First 4 km of the trail was amazing. Gorgeous scenery, lots of beautiful birds and chipmunks. Downside of the trail was the ending, which we had to walk on the road with a child to get back to the car.

The first half of the trail was scenic and I would consider it easy not moderate. The second half was a road which was very disappointing .

trail running
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nice flat trail. A bit swampy in the spring.

My favourite of the NCC trails in east Ottawa. Begin the hike at P20 and follow trail 51 (which is made up of 3 connected loops). The trail has a good diversity of trees with unique groupings throughout. The seasonal changes highlight different aspects of the forest - truly beautiful at any time of year.

Nice multi terrain hiking trails. This is a dog friendly area but please poop and scoop! These trails are more for a leisurely stroll and not for the hard core hiker.

hiking
7 days ago

on P20 and O51 Loop

1 month ago

hiking
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