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.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful trail through a beautiful forest close to Stoney Swamp. It follows the Rideau Trail for a part of it. I highly recommend it for the family or anyone who wants to be out in nature.

Really nice walk! Took me around 2.5 hours for the route provided. It’s definitely not dog friendly right at the start/finish but I’d say that 3/4 of the route was dog friendly. I parked at the Old Quarry Trail parking lot and there were signs saying no dogs on the trails but I had my dog on leash the whole time and no one said anything. It wasn’t overly scenic, but it was a nice forest walk! There’s lots of ways to make the walk shorter or longer so I’d definitely do this one again!

A nice easy walk.

Bring bug repellant. A short hike through the woods. A part of the trail was blocked from vegetation and a huge puddle so you had to take a detour trail for 25m or so. The detour trail sucked because it was wet and muddy and tree branches were getting in the way. I ripped my shirt on one of them. Overall though a pleasant trail.

Great place to take a family walk within the city limits.

I like this trail. Sometimes alot of people walking with can be a bit of a pain when biking. But trails sprouting off of this one are alot of fun.

Nice place for a walk. It’s mostly flat so it’s easy for everyone. Lots of recent rain and standing water meant lots of mosquitoes. Take something for the chickadees and nuthatches. They fly at you at the first junction on the north side of the loop (leaving from the Eagleson parking lot).

For travelling on foot this trail sucks! Too many cyclists. There are better trails to walk or hike on than this. There are some parts downtown though that are good to walk on but most of it should be left for the cyclists. It is a great trail to bike on though.

Near flat so 3 stars as not challenging. It’s definitely easy. But very beautiful! You can make it longer by adding in extra trails.

Very nice and quiet trail but nothing special.
Bring seeds so you can hand feed birds especially in winter

Great multi-use paved trail, used by both cyclists and hikers. This path offers great views of the Ottawa River the back of the parliament buildings and Rideau Canal.

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
3 months ago

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

walking
3 months 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
3 months 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
5 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
11 months ago

Some boardwalks across marshes through mixed forest.

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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 .

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