Explore the most popular wildlife 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 easy and short trail that walks through forest and over boardwalks in the swampy areas. Great place for a family walk!

Beautiful trial in the woods with some awesome views of swamp/wetlands areas. There is a Wild Birdcare Centre here too. The trail is easy and great for anyone or a family to come explore!

on Old Quarry Trail

6 days ago

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).

Short and easy trail. The path was well maintained and was easy to access from the main road. I would recommend this hike for someone with kids and/or looking for a quick fix of nature.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Love this trail! I use it for biking as well as walking my dog some really great look out points.

walking
1 month 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
1 month 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

fun and easy, good for families

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.

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
9 months ago

Some boardwalks across marshes through mixed forest.

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

Excellent pathway for cycling, walking, jogging, nature walks, birding, and for accessing the river to canoe or kayak. Much quieter than the western section of the Ottawa River Pathway. Lots of wide open spaces in certain sections while others are heavily forested. The path is well maintained and well signed so wayfinding is quite easy. Passes the RCMP Musical Ride and The Canada Space and Aviation Museum.

walking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

My family and I did the north end of Torbolton Forest. We had heard this area had pine trees and sand dunes but although the soil is very sandy, we didn't see any dunes. There were lots of pine trees though! You park at the community centre on Len Purcell Drive and cross the street for the trails.

Heard lots of birds and saw blue jays, woodpeckers and red squirrels.

The trail itself is dead flat with very little elevation changes. It was nice but somewhat repetitive after awhile - hence the 2 star rating. .

I'm curious to walk the southern portions of the trail to see if that's where the dunes are.

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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

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

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.

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