Join us for our next hike!

  • Published on Jan 10 2017 |
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Join us for our next guided nature walk! 

Our hikes are offered on the last Sunday of the month and are designed to introduce you to some interesting local trails, areas where CPAWS Ottawa Valley is working and they are a great way to learn more about our conservation work. 

Our winter hikes are as follow, all departures are at 10:00 AM (unless otherwise noted):

-Sunday, January 29: Gatineau Park in Chelsea, meet in parking lot 15 in the Meech Creek Valley and we will hike to Healey Cabin. Along the way, we will traverse some fascinating old-growth forest and regeneration forests, learn about how animals adapt to survive our winters and a little more about the history of this part of the park. The hike should last between 3 and 4 hours. 

-Sunday, February 26: National Capital Greenbelt in Ottawa, meet at the Jack Pine trail entrance (Moodie Drive) and we wil explore the Stony Swamp area of the Greenbelt. The hike should last between 2 and 3 hours. 

-Sunday, March 26: Crazy Horse Trail in Carp, meeting place to be announced shortly. We will explore a unique network of trails built by local volunteers on the Carp Ridge (conservation lands belonging to the City of Ottawa). This unique complex of wetlands, small ponds and forests provides habitat for countless species of plants and animals and within a very short distance of intense development in the west end of Ottawa. This hike will be a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of parks and protected areas in an urban environment and the need for comprehensive conservation planning before development takes place. This hike should last between 2 and 3 hours. 

New for 2017! We ask that you register for the hike by sending an email to Jesse Lever at jlever@cpaws.org. You will be asked to sign a standard waiver form releasing CPAWS of responsibility in the unlikely event of injury. We are also requesting a small donation of approximately $5.00 per person to offset the costs of hosting these hikes. 

Snowshoes are recommended. CPAWS Ottawa Valley has a limited number of snowshoes available, please contact us to reserve a pair. 

We are looking forward to seeing you on the trails this winter!