10 Stunning Trails in the Ottawa Valley to Visit This Parks Day
We all know the Ottawa Valley is home to beautiful parks and trails for walking, hiking, and cycling.
But this Parks Day, we want to shed light on some of the lesser-known or less busy trails you can visit. Less people doesn’t mean less beauty, though! Grab your walking (or hiking) shoes and visit these stunning sights.
Manitou Mountain Trail, Calabogie Peaks
Manitou Mountain is a medium level difficulty hiking trail winding through pine forests and wilderness scenery.
You’ll see three mountain top vistas as you make your way through this 9 km trail. Manitou Mountain also connects to the Lost Valley Trail, the Skywalk Trail, and the Juniper Ridge Lookout.
Eagle’s Nest, Calabogie Peaks
Looking for a shorter trail at Calabogie Peaks? Eagle’s Nest is an easy 1.5 km hike guiding you to a lookout at the top of a 120-metre cliff.
Parc national de Plaisance
The parc national de Plaisance in Quebec has many trails. These include easier terrains up to 3 km, such as the Sarcelle marsh, as well as lengthier adventures, like the 21 km Outaouais trail.
Pinhey Forest Trails
Curious about the name of this forest? It’s actually named after Mr. Pinhey, who donated the land in 1948 for conservation practices. There are two easy trails, both just over 3 km, to explore in this forest.
Oiseau Rock Trail
This 5 km hiking trail is a must see for views of the Ottawa River, Algonquin Park, and the wildlife and plants calling them home. It’s slightly tougher terrain, so hiking boots are recommended!
Looking for something shorter and easier for hikers of all abilities and ages? The Dewberry Trail located in the Mer Bleue area of the Greenbelt winds through a young and old forest, providing breathtaking views.
Although Cycloparc PPJ in Quebec is best known as a cycling destination, it’s also a great hiking spot.
Located in the Pontiac, this 92 km path goes through swamps, forests, farms, and fields providing unique views along the way.
Old Quarry Trail
Photography and history lovers should flock to this trail! At the Old Quarry Trail in the Stony Swamp area of the Greenbelt, you’ll see white tailed deer, painted turtles, and snapping turtles.
Interpretation panels can also be found along the two loops of 1.9 km and 2.7 km, exploring the geological history of the region.
Bill Holland Trail
Bill Holland Trail, named after the local naturalist and birder who catalogued most of the area’s wildlife in the 1960s, is a 2.4 km trail with a medium level of difficulty.
Nature photographers will love this trail, as it’s home to the Black Locust tree and rare Goats-rue flower.