During winter, part of the Capital Pathway transforms into a network of multi-use winter trails. Over 100 kilometres of trails are groomed for shared winter recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and walking. Access to these trails is free.
Naturally, a winter trail in an urban setting degrades very quickly. Maintaining the trails requires a lot of work and care. Trail grooming is done though community partnerships.
Remember to share the path and follow winter trail etiquette.
Dogs are allowed on most of the following trails, but must be kept on a leash. They are not allowed on the sections of the network that use Greenbelt trails 12, 45, 50, 51, 61 and 63. Skiing, skating or cycling with your dog is not allowed.
Winter trail network in Ottawa
In Ottawa, there are close to 100 km of groomed winter trails to enjoy. This winter offering is possible through a partnership with the Urban Winter Trails Alliance, and thanks to their community volunteers.
- Kichi Sibi Winter Trail, 18 km*
Along the Ottawa River, from Westboro Beach to the Portage Bridge.
- Transit: LeBreton Flats, Bayview/O-Train, Dominion and Pimisi stations
- Parking: Westboro Beach, Champlain parking lot (by Champlain Bridge), Remic Rapids Park and the Canadian War Museum
- Ottawa West Winter Trail, 14 km*
In the Greenbelt, Shirleys Bay Corkstown Road Loop - Trail 12.
- Britannia Winter Trail Association, 12 km (5 km on NCC land, 7 km on City of Ottawa land)*
Near Mud Lake, from Carling Avenue, at the eastern end of Andrew Haydon Park, to Pinecrest Creek Pathway near the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.
- Parking: Britannia Park
- Rideau Winter Trail, 12 km*
Along the eastern side of the Rideau River, from North River Road to Bank Street.
- Ski Heritage East, 19 km (13 km on NCC land, 6 km on City of Ottawa land)*
In the east end of Ottawa to downtown, along the Ottawa River, from Green’s Creek to Trim Road.
- Orleans Ski Club, 22 km (20 km on NCC land, 1 km on City of Ottawa land)*
In the Green’s Creek sector of the Greenbelt, including trails 61 and 63; the Mer Bleue sector, including trails 50 and 51 (west of Anderson Road); and the Pine Grove sector, including trail 45.
- Parking: P19 for the Pine Grove trails, P20 for the Mer Bleue sector, P26 for the Green’s Creek sector
* The number of kilometres indicates trail length.
Winter trail network in Gatineau
In Gatineau, there are 15 km of groomed winter trails to enjoy from Leamy Lake to Gatineau Park. This winter offering is possible through a partnership with the Ville de Gatineau and the Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy.
- Transit: STO provides connections within walking distance of the Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy. Use their online planner to create your itinerary.
- Parking: Free parking at the Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy