New York Central Fitness Trail
The Township of Russell is an ideal place to live if you enjoy outdoor recreation. There are several locations within the Township ideal for hiking, cycling, jogging rollerblading or cross-country skiing. The New York Central Fitness Trail is one example of such a location. Between 1898 and 1957, the trail served as a railway between Ottawa and New York. In 1979, the municipality purchased the trail and converted it for recreational purposes. The trail is currently 7.2 km long and links the villages of Embrun and Russell.
Plans are also in place to extend the trail to the City of Ottawa. The South Nation Conservation Area also offers recreational opportunities to residents of Russell Township. Throughout the Township, there are different Conservation Areas ideal for hiking, family picnics and cross-country skiing. The South Nation River and Castor River also serve as canoe and kayaking routes.
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This site is supported by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion Active 2010 Recreation Program, The Ministry of Natural Resources, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and trail users like you!
Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
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