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.

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

hiking
13 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

walking
21 days 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
3 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
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!

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.

7 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.

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.

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

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.

The wooden sidewalks are nice and provide a great spot from which to observe the wild life. Very muddy in some areas at this time of year. Signs regarding dogs are not clear.

walking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A nice greenbelt Ottawa walk - really fun for small kids. Of all greenbelt walks in Ottawa that I've walked, this is probably the one where the chickadees feed out of your hands the most. Just bring a few seeds and they'll be all over your hands (and head!)

A young but healthy looking forest. There's also a bird rescue at the start of the trail in the woods,which is interesting.

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.

walking
Friday, June 10, 2016

Great easy walking trail April-Nov for aging dogs. Also excellent for an easy to follow snowshoe in the winter if people would refrain from trudging on the ski / snow shoe trails.

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