Snowshoeing in the Greenbelt
On a crisp winter day in Ottawa, why not explore the Greenbelt by snowshoe? While most Greenbelt trails are used for cross-country skiing in the winter, there are some great spots for snowshoeing and walking.
Stony Swamp Conservation Area
At Stony Swamp, the Jack Pine, Beaver, Chipmunk and Sarsaparilla trails are excellent for snowshoeing and walking.
Jack Pine Trail
This 3.1-kilometre trail is divided into three loops and crosses three beaver ponds.
Beaver and Chipmunk Trails (Boardwalk)
This 1.9-kilometre route connects to the Rideau Trail, a network of trails that goes all the way to Kingston, Ontario. With birdfeeders and an observation blind, the Beaver and Chipmunk trails are great for spotting wildlife.
Just under a kilometre in length, this loop has a dock extending onto a beaver pond.
|Washrooms||There are outhouses at the P7, P8 and P9 parking lots.|
|Parking||Free, year-round parking is available at the P7 (Sarsaparilla Trail), P8 (Beaver and Chipmunk Trails) and P9 (Jack Pine Trail) parking lots.|
Mer Bleue Conservation Area
Mer Bleue has two short loops that are ideal for snowshoeing or a winter walk.
Mer Bleue Bog Trail (Boardwalk)
Come and explore the heart of Mer Bleue on this 1.2-kilometre self-guided interpretation trail. A new bird feeder by the trail means you are likely to spot many birds.
This 1-kilometre loop is located on the Dolman Ridge. This trail is shared with cross-country skiers.
|Washrooms||There is an outhouse at the P20 parking lot, by the Mer Bleue Bog Trail.|
|Parking||Free, year-round parking is available at the P22 (Mer Bleue Bog Trail) and P23 (Dewberry Trail) parking lots.|
On trails used for cross-country skiing, please stay well to the side of ski tracks if you are walking or snowshoeing.
For more information see the Greenbelt’s visitor information. Trail head bulletin boards in each parking lot also offer information specific to the trails in that area.