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.

Dogs are allowed on these trails, but must be kept on a leash. Skiing, skating or cycling with your dog is not allowed.

Remember to share the path and follow winter trail etiquette. 

Winter trail network in Ottawa

In 2020–2021, there will be close to 100 km of groomed winter trails in Ottawa — nearly 50 percent more accessible winter trail space (in terms of length and width) than the previous season. This pilot project expansion is possible through a partnership with the Urban Winter Trails Alliance.

West end

  • SJAM 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, 8 km*
    In the Greenbelt, Shirleys Bay Corkstown Road Loop - Trail 12.
    • Transit: OC Transpo provides connections within walking distance of Wesley Clover Parks (approximately 15 minutes) at the junction of Highway 417 and Moodie Drive. Use their online planner to create your itinerary.
    • Parking: Greenbelt P3
  • Britannia Winter Trail Association, 8 km (4 km on NCC land, 4 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

City centre

  • Rideau Winter Trail, 9 km*
    In Riverain Park, along the Rideau River.
    • Transit: Hurdman Station, and OC Transpo provides connections within walking distance of Riverain Park on River Road. Use their online planner to create your itinerary.
    • Parking: Information on the Rideau Sports Centre website.

East end

  • Ski Heritage East, 17 km (10 km on NCC land, 7 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.
    • Transit: OC Transpo provides connections within walking distance of the trail at Trim Road. Use their online planner to create your itinerary.
    • Parking: P7, P8 (now called Greenbelt P27)
  • Orleans Ski Club, 20 km (19 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.

Over the course of this winter, users of NCC assets will be surveyed, and counters will be used at various entry points to gather feedback and data that will inform future decision making.

Winter trail network in Gatineau

In Gatineau, residents can also enjoy 15 km of groomed winter trails from Leamy Lake to Gatineau Park, 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