Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

Great trail for relaxing walk, many different paths makes this trail fun to explore.

We walked about 3km on this sweet trail. A nice way to start the weekend.

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.

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

hiking
2 months 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

walking
2 months ago

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

fun and easy, good for families

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.

Easy trail, fairly quiet, lots of birds

Really enjoyed it

Very pleasant.

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!

walking
5 months ago

This trail leads from the p11 parking lot. We walked the portion of this trail to the M26 marker. It was nice but the major negative was that the hum of the highway never was completely muffled out. Also, not as varied as the portion leaving from p9 and seemed to have more people. The power lines running through the middle of the trail aren't that nice either.

A nice bonus though is there lots of cute chickadees to feed!

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

hiking
6 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!

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.

9 months ago

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

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 .

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

Busy, lots of secondary trails. Saw 2 deers and a porcupine.

birding
Monday, July 03, 2017

Easy crushed stone comes out to a swamp with a viewpoint lots of birds. Regularly see wildlife around the trail.

trail running
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nice flat trail. A bit swampy in the spring.

Friday, April 28, 2017

It was a nice trail! Recommend pushing past the loop toward lime kiln ruins.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

It was a very beautiful trail. I took some of the alternate paths which were much more challenging. I saw lots of snakes! The arboretum was very educational and interesting. Perfect hike for families.

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