Stony Swamp is the most ecologically diverse protected area in the Ottawa Valley. The swamp’s bedrock dates back to Precambrian times, the earliest geological era. Stony Swamp is classified as a provincially significant wetland and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI).
The area has more than 700 species of plants, which is the highest number counted in any part of Canada’s Capital Region. Stony Swamp is home to 63 species of regionally rare plants, 11 of which exist nowhere else in the Greenbelt.
A variety of reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds make their home in this area. Stony Swamp has 251 regionally rare bird species. This includes 17 species at risk, one of which is the northern goshawk. There are also many interesting habitats:
Stony Swamp has the most trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Greenbelt. You can also ride your bike at Stony Swamp, which contains part of the Greenbelt Pathway West, and connects to the Trans Canada Trail and the Rideau Trail. The Lime Kiln Trail passes a historic kiln, the Sarsaparilla Trail has a dock extending onto a beaver pond and the Jack Pine Trail crosses beaver ponds.
There is also a Wild Bird Care Centre and a toboggan hill, as well as off-leash dog walking at Bruce Pit.
Stony Swamp has outhouses located at the following parking lots: P5, P7, P8, P9, P11, P12 and P13.
Free, year-round parking is available at the P4 to P13 parking lots.
There is a picnic area by the Jack Pine Trail, and a sheltered picnic area by the Sarsaparilla Trail.
The Sarsaparilla Trail is universally accessible, as is the dock at beaver pond on this trail.