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Ottawa and Countryside

As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is a hub for culture and history, being home to seven national museums that recount the tales of the country’s colourful past.

In addition to all of that important historical content, there are various creative and entertaining things to do in the city for visitors and residents of all ages!

From art classes that will stimulate your senses and boost your creativity, to several escape-themed attractions that will challenge your mind and your nerves, you’ll surely be entertained in Ottawa at any time of the year.

Be sure to get out and enjoy our fantastic combination of trails and tourism activities!


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Camping & Backpacking

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Coureur de Bois Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 2 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Terraces Trail - Fitzroy Provincial Park Ottawa Fitzroy Harbour 2 km Hiking & Walking, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Outouais Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Rideau River Trail Ottawa Kemptville 3 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Chapman Mills Trail Ottawa Manotick 1.5 km Hiking & Walking, Canoeing & Kayaking
Coureur de Bois Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 2 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Fitzroy Provincial Park Ottawa Arnprior 1.0 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Canoeing & Kayaking
Terraces Trail - Fitzroy Provincial Park Ottawa Fitzroy Harbour 2 km Hiking & Walking, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Outouais Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Rideau River Trail Ottawa Kemptville 3 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking

Cross Country Skiing

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Green's Creek Trails Ottawa Ottawa 5.5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Larose Forest Cross-County Ski Trail Prescott and Russell Rockland 19.5 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Dewberry Trail Ottawa Ottawa 1 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Trail 50-52 Ottawa Navan 12.6 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Trail 5353A Ottawa Ottawa 6.7 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Ottawa River Pathway Ottawa Ottawa 30 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Cross Country Skiing
J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area Trail Prescott and Russell Russell 3 km Hiking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing
The Sir John A Macdonald Winter Trail Ottawa Ottawa 16 Cross Country Skiing

Cycling - Off-Road

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Coureur de Bois Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 2 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Green's Creek Trails Ottawa Ottawa 5.5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
New York Central Fitness Trail Prescott and Russell Embrun 7.2 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Ottawa Carleton Trailway - Trans Canada Section Ottawa Bells Corners 31 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Equestrian, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Outouais Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail Prescott and Russell Plantagenet 72 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths, Cycling - Off-Road, Winter (Fat) Biking,

Cycling - Roads & Paths

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Aviation Pathway Ottawa Ottawa 5 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Cycling - Roads & Paths
Experimental Farm Pathway Trail Ottawa Ottawa 8.5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths
Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail Prescott and Russell Plantagenet 72 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths, Cycling - Off-Road, Winter (Fat) Biking,
Rideau River Trail Ottawa Kemptville 3 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking

Equestrian

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Ramsayville Trail Ottawa Ottawa 10 Equestrian
Ottawa Carleton Trailway - Trans Canada Section Ottawa Bells Corners 31 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Equestrian, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Larose Forest Prescott and Russell Limoges 50 Equestrian

Hiking & Walking

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Alfred Bog Walk Trail Prescott and Russell Finch .05 km Hiking & Walking
Aviation Pathway Ottawa Ottawa 5 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Cycling - Roads & Paths
Basswood Trail Ottawa Cumberland 1.5 km Hiking & Walking
Beaver & Chipmunk Trails Ottawa Ottawa 2.6 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Bill Holland Trail Ottawa Cumberland 2.4 km Hiking & Walking
Chapman Mills Trail Ottawa Manotick 1.5 km Hiking & Walking, Canoeing & Kayaking
Coureur de Bois Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 2 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Earth Star Loop - Rideau Trail Ottawa Pierces Corners 4 km - loop Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Experimental Farm Pathway Trail Ottawa Ottawa 8.5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths
Fallowfield Section - Rideau Trail Ottawa Fallowfield 14.4 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Fiddlehead Trail Ottawa Manotick 2.2 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Fitzroy Provincial Park Ottawa Arnprior 1.0 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Canoeing & Kayaking
Terraces Trail - Fitzroy Provincial Park Ottawa Fitzroy Harbour 2 km Hiking & Walking, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Greenbelt (Ottawa/Gatineau) Ottawa Ottawa 100 km trail network Hiking & Walking
Green's Creek Trails Ottawa Ottawa 5.5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Jack Pine Trail Ottawa Ottawa 15 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Larose Forest Cross-County Ski Trail Prescott and Russell Rockland 19.5 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Mer Bleue Bog Boardwalk Ottawa Ramsayville 3 km Hiking & Walking
Dewberry Trail Ottawa Ottawa 1 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Mer Bleue Trail Ottawa Navan 1.2 km Hiking & Walking
Trail 50-52 Ottawa Navan 12.6 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Trail 5353A Ottawa Ottawa 6.7 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Merrickville - Rideau Trail Ottawa Rosedale 7.8 km Hiking & Walking
Muskrat Trail Ottawa Cumberland 0.8 km Hiking & Walking
New York Central Fitness Trail Prescott and Russell Embrun 7.2 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Off-Island Trails Ottawa Cumberland 2 km Hiking & Walking
Ottawa Carleton Trailway - Trans Canada Section Ottawa Bells Corners 31 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Equestrian, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Ottawa River Pathway Ottawa Ottawa 30 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Cross Country Skiing
Ottawa Section - Rideau Trail Ottawa Bells Corners 19 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Outouais Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Pine Grove Forest Trails Ottawa Ottawa 7.3 km & 6 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Pinhey Forest Trails Ottawa Ottawa 6.7 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail Prescott and Russell Plantagenet 72 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths, Cycling - Off-Road, Winter (Fat) Biking,
Richmond section - Rideau Trail Ottawa Ottawa 31.1 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Rideau River Trail Ottawa Kemptville 3 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking
River Loop / Beaver Loop Ottawa Cumberland Hiking & Walking
Sarsaparilla Trail Ottawa Ottawa 0.8 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
School House Loop - Rideau Trail Ottawa Dwyer Hill 5 km Hiking & Walking
Shirley's Bay Shoreline Trail Ottawa Ottawa 4 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Smiths Falls - Rideau Trail Ottawa Smiths Falls 32.4 Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Sunrise Trail Ottawa Cumberland 0.5 km Hiking & Walking
Turtle Trail Ottawa Cumberland 0.5 km Hiking & Walking
Violet Loop - Rideau Trail Ottawa Malakoff 4 km - loop Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
W.E. Burton Conservation Area Trail Prescott and Russell Russell 3 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry

Running

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Aviation Pathway Ottawa Ottawa 5 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Cycling - Roads & Paths
Fitzroy Provincial Park Ottawa Arnprior 1.0 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Canoeing & Kayaking
Ottawa River Pathway Ottawa Ottawa 30 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Cross Country Skiing
Shirley's Bay Shoreline Trail Ottawa Ottawa 4 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Snowshoeing & Backcountry

Snowmobiling

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Osgoode Snowmobile Club Trail Ottawa Metcalfe 27 km Snowmobiling
Ottawa Carleton Trailway - Trans Canada Section Ottawa Bells Corners 31 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Equestrian, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Rideau Snowmobile Club Trail Ottawa North Gower 160 km Snowmobiling

Snowshoeing & Backcountry

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Beaver & Chipmunk Trails Ottawa Ottawa 2.6 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Coureur de Bois Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 2 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Earth Star Loop - Rideau Trail Ottawa Pierces Corners 4 km - loop Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Fallowfield Section - Rideau Trail Ottawa Fallowfield 14.4 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Fiddlehead Trail Ottawa Manotick 2.2 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Terraces Trail - Fitzroy Provincial Park Ottawa Fitzroy Harbour 2 km Hiking & Walking, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Green's Creek Trails Ottawa Ottawa 5.5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Jack Pine Trail Ottawa Ottawa 15 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Larose Forest Cross-County Ski Trail Prescott and Russell Rockland 19.5 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Dewberry Trail Ottawa Ottawa 1 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Trail 50-52 Ottawa Navan 12.6 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Trail 5353A Ottawa Ottawa 6.7 km Hiking & Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
New York Central Fitness Trail Prescott and Russell Embrun 7.2 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Ottawa Carleton Trailway - Trans Canada Section Ottawa Bells Corners 31 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Equestrian, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Ottawa Section - Rideau Trail Ottawa Bells Corners 19 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Outouais Trail Prescott and Russell Chute-A-Blondeau 5 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Pine Grove Forest Trails Ottawa Ottawa 7.3 km & 6 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Pinhey Forest Trails Ottawa Ottawa 6.7 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Richmond section - Rideau Trail Ottawa Ottawa 31.1 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Sarsaparilla Trail Ottawa Ottawa 0.8 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Shirley's Bay Shoreline Trail Ottawa Ottawa 4 km Hiking & Walking, Running, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Smiths Falls - Rideau Trail Ottawa Smiths Falls 32.4 Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Violet Loop - Rideau Trail Ottawa Malakoff 4 km - loop Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
W.E. Burton Conservation Area Trail Prescott and Russell Russell 3 km Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry

Winter (Fat) Biking

NAME SUB-REGION CLOSEST TOWN LENGTH ACTIVITIES
Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail Prescott and Russell Plantagenet 72 km Hiking & Walking, Cycling - Roads & Paths, Cycling - Off-Road, Winter (Fat) Biking,