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.

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
28 days 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
6 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 .

As novice hikers, this was our longest attempt. The trail is easy to follow and is mostly well groomed. The only exception is the section from marker U to V to W (I hope I have that right); This section is at the mid-point, the trail leaves the wide flat area and heads into a forested section parts of which were quite wet with some standing water and muddy areas to cross. The terrain is also uneven so watch for exposed roots or rocks. What we didn't anticipate was the sheer number of aggressive mosquitoes. we were using bug repellent but it only slowed them down. Otherwise this is a good trail.

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.

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