Lac McGregor (paddling)

This incredibly beautiful lake is filled with islands and surrounded by trees. The drive to the lake is pretty as well. What is it? Ecology area Location About…

Lac Simon (Camping La Pinède) (paddling)

A small section of a big lake, suitable for beginners. The area where you can paddle is small, and bounded by two sets of rapids which would be…

Forest Lea Trails in Petawawa (snowshoeing)

In the mood for a quick snowshoe? These quick trails in this amazing area are a perfect spot for a quiet trek. What is it? A set of…

Forest Lea Trails in Petawawa (skiing)

These spectacular trails are great for beginners and advanced cross country skiers alike. What is it? A set of trails maintained by not-for-profit groups Trailhead location At the…

MacKenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park (snowshoeing and winter hiking)

Normally very crowded in the summer, you can explore MacKenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park either with snowshoes or by hiking on the packed trails. What is it?…

Rideau Canal (skating)

Be sure to check the ice conditions before you go out for this fabulous downtown skating rink. What is it? A skating rink winding several kilometres through downtown…

Pine Grove, Greenbelt Trails 45 and 46 (skiing)

These series of cross country trails are great for beginners, but avoid these trails after a windy day – the snow was covered in pine needles and made…

Stony Swamp, Greenbelt Trails 24 and 23 (skiing)

There are several kilometres of trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing in this area – just take your pick of trails and distance! What is it? Part…

Stony Swamp, Greenbelt Trail 26 (skiing)

There are several kilometres of trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing in this area – just take your pick of trails and distance! What is it? Part…

Jubilee Lodge in Petawawa (skiing and snowshoeing)

Bring your own, or rent skis or snowshoes and explore the golf course and campground near the Jubilee Lodge in Petawawa. Depending on when you go, you might…

Wolf Trail / Trail 62 in Gatineau Park (hiking and running)

I visited this popular trail on a beautiful, cool foggy Saturday morning, which helped make up for the large number of chatty groups of people. What is it?…

Madawaska Nordic Trails (hiking and running)

This lovely area is a fun day trip for a hike or run. Check first if it’s hunting season – I didn’t, and spent the afternoon in the…

High Lonesome Nature Reserve (running and hiking)

This reserve is a gem for trail runners and hikers seeking an easy, quiet run, far from life in the city. What is it? A reserve owned and…

Warsaw Caves in Peterborough (hiking)

This easy hike has both great views of the lake as well as the chance to explore the accessible caves. What is it? A conservation area Location A…

Trail 36 along Meech Lake in Gatineau Park (running and hiking)

This is a great run for conditioning, with a few steep climbs to challenge you, lots of rolling hills to play with, and a few flat sections to…

K&P to Eagle’s Nest in Calabogie (hiking)

If you can find your way on this strenuous hike, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Madawaska valleys, lakes and forest in Calabogie. Approach this hike with…

Lusk Cave (hiking and running)

You can visit the popular Lusk Cave by taking the popular trail, the trail in the back, or combine both for a bit of quiet and a bit…

Lime Kiln (running and hiking)

This area has a series of flat gravel and dirt trails that weave in and out of forests, giving partial shade for running on warm days. Bonus: Spooky…

Stony Swamp to Old Quarry and back (running and hiking)

This area has a series of flat gravel and dirt trails that weave in and out of forests, giving partial shade for running or hiking on warm days….

Big Salmon Lake, Frontenac Park (paddling)

A big lake with lots of little inlets and islands to explore in a beautiful provincial park near Kingston. What is it? Provincial park Location About 40 km…

Gibson Lake Loop, Frontenac Park (hiking and running)

The Gibson Lake Loop reaches to the furthest northeast sections of the park. The first half of the hike was a bit boring, but the second half was…

Carleton Place (Lake Ave West) (paddling)

This small section of the Mississippi River is calm but active with boats. Lots of room to paddle, but watch out for the wakes! What is it? Section…

White Lake (Bayview) (paddling)

This shallow, spacious lake is fun to explore from many angles. This launch point gives you the chance to explore islands and shorelines, but go to Waba Cottage…

White Lake (Waba Cottage) (paddling)

This spacious lake is located near a quaint museum and park, making for a great day in the country. I found this paddling spot via Ottawa SUP. What…

Manotick (paddling)

Ever wonder what the backyards of rural Ontario look like? Find out by paddling on this relatively quiet stretch of the Rideau River in Manotick. I found this…

Lac Philippe, Gatineau Park (paddling)

Lac Philippe is a good place for some straightforward paddling in Gatineau Park. It’s a relatively short but narrow lake that would be hard to get lost on….

Lac La Peche in Gatineau Park (paddling)

Lac La Pêche is another quiet lake – but busy beach – in Gatineau Park. I was inspired to check this lake out by Ottawa SUP. What is…

King Mountain, Gatineau Park (hiking and running)

You’ll encounter crowds if you hike up King Mountain in Gatineau Park on a weekend, but the views of the Ottawa Valley are spectacular and well worth the…

Meech Lake (paddling)

Meech Lake is a quiet and serene place for an early morning paddle. I was inspired to visit this lake by Ottawa SUP. During the summer the lake…

Petawawa Point (paddling)

Petawawa is a fun and cheap place to learn how to stand-up paddleboard. You can also join the crowds at the Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival…

Sterling Falls Gorge in Vermont (hiking and running)

While traveling further afield I had the chance to visit Sterling Falls Gorge, a few miles from Stowe, Vermont. This conservation area is perfect whether you’re looking for…

Rosehill Reservoir in Toronto (running)

This park near downtown Toronto is a nice place to get in touch with nature – during the day. What is it? A city park Location Midtown Toronto,…

South March Highlands, Kanata (running and hiking)

This is one of my favourite places to go trail running. I’ve visited several times, usually on a weekday afternoon. As the weather has improved I’ve encountered an…

Petawawa Terrace Provincial Park (running and hiking)

I snuck in a quick run at a quiet little forest refuge by the river in Petawawa. Calling it a hike is pretty ambitious – with no hills…

Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa (running)

Get a quick nature fix running near the water in downtown Ottawa. What is it? A UNESCO world heritage site winding from Ottawa to Kingston Location Downtown Ottawa,…

Shirleys Bay (running and hiking)

If you like guns and cars, this may be the place for you. Nestled between a gun range and busy Carling Avenue, I stumbled across this conservation area…

Mer Bleue (running and hiking)

I was inspired to try this run by the first hike listed in the book “Hiking trails of Ottawa” by Michael Haynes. I went on a weekend, and…

Trail 71, Gatineau Park (snowshoeing)

I traveled this snowy trail twice in February 2016. What is it? Conservation park trail maintained by the National Capital Commission Trailhead location Parking lot 15, near the…

Trail 72, Gatineau Park (snowshoeing)

I traveled much further than intended on this long-than-advertised trail. What is it? Conservation park trail maintained by the National Capital Commission. Trailhead location Parking lot 17, near…

Bruce Pit (running and hiking)

I visited several times in the fall of 2015 to build up my running endurance on easy surfaces. What is it? Greenbelt area in western Ottawa Location The…

Gould Lake near Kingston (hiking)

A Trailhead Kingston store employee suggested this hike to me. I followed his recommendation to explore the east side – the views of the lake were stunning, even…

Dedication Trail South in Frontenac Park near Kingston (running and hiking)

Explore forests and little lakes in Frontenac Park. Kingston is an easy drive from Ottawa, making it an ideal stop for a couple of days of hiking. What…

Stony Swamp (running and hiking)

I would consider this more of a “walk” than a hike due to the easy terrain and suburban feel. It’s a nice option if you want to get…