BEST WINTER HIKES AND SNOWSHOEING IN OTTAWA

BEST WINTER HIKES AND SNOWSHOEING IN OTTAWA

HikeAddicts don’t let a little snow and freezing cold temperatures keep us from enjoying our favourite trails… As long as there are a couple of lattes waiting for us at the end of the trail.

A couple things to remember for winter hiking:

  • We highly recommend getting crampons (things you attach to your boots) for extra traction and to make your experience actually enjoyable – Otherwise it can be slippery, exhausting and frustrating.
  • Layer up – Merino wool, warm socks and base layers are your friends.

 

Gatineau Park

There are several networks of snowshoeing trails in Gatineau Park, and some of our favourite trails are open for winter hiking as well!  However here are our two favourites:

Lauriault and Waterfall Trail

Starting Point: Lauriault Parking Lot
Distance: 3 km
Time it took us:  1 Hour
Level of Difficulty: Easy Peezy

This is a great hike to enjoy with the family and yes, you can bring the dog (for most of it, pay attention to signs). Don’t forget to check out the ruins along the way and an epic half-frozen waterfall will be waiting for you!

 

Wolf Trail

Starting Point: Gatineau Park, P13
Distance: 8.3 km
Time it took us: 2 Hours 15 Mins
Level of Difficulty: Little Tricky

This trail is gold year-round. We would pick crampons over snowshoes on this one, considering the trail is pretty packed down due to so many visitors.

 

Ottawa

Thanks to our friend Steve Colwill who loves snowshoeing and helped us out with these trails. There are lots of trails all over the Greenbelt and most likely one very close to you.

Click here to find details on the NCC Website.

Stoney Swamp

Photo Courtesy of Steve Colwill 

Starting Point: several access points – click here for more

Steve says: “I park at the lot on Hunt Club then do about an 8 km loop that crosses Moodie over to the Lime Kiln Trail then eventually back over Moodie to return to the lot. Many trails here, all multi-use. I visit every week or so to hike or if the snow’s relatively fresh to snowshoe.”

 

Mer Bleue Bog

Starting Point: several access points – click here for more

It’s been a couple years since I’ve been to Mer Bleue, but it’s a really cool spot for a nice winter walk with the family!

Mary Anne Ivison

Mary Anne loves hiking, mossy rocks and her gig as a radio personality. She is in pursuit of becoming an ADK 46er and touching every mountain on planet Earth.

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Mary Anne loves hiking, mossy rocks and her gig as a radio personality. She is in pursuit of becoming an ADK 46er and touching every mountain on planet Earth.

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