Carbide Willson Ruins

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Carbide Willson Ruins is a 5.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chelsea, Quebec, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and cross country skiing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
226 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

cross country skiing

beach

forest

lake

historic site

17 minutes ago

Great family hike!

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

Short hike but really cool to see the ruins, for sure! Great photo op!

hiking
2 months ago

It's an enjoyable trail, particularly good if you're short on time. You can easily link to another longer trail if you need a bit more of a challenge after getting to the ruins.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

short and sweet hike!

hiking
3 months ago

walking
5 months ago

walking
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walking
6 months ago

The only Ottawa/Gatineau trail I am aware of that has "ruins" - a turn of the 20th century industrial plant in the middle of the woods next to beautiful rapids/waterfall.

It's a bit of a hike for small kids to get to the ruins but the sight is so interesting and unusual that I think its well worth it (my 6-year old daughter liked it). The trail is shared with mountain bikers.

On the way you get a nice view of Meech lake and pass by some of the infamous nude beaches in this area (watch for the signs!) although I think that might be a relic from the 70s/80s.

I have only been here during the summer/fall walking season but the NCC says its open in the winter for cross country skiing.