Discover the Greenbelt
The Greenbelt features over 150 kilometres of recreational trails, which link to the Capital Pathway network, the Rideau Trail and the Trans Canada Trail. Once completed, the Greenbelt Pathway will be a continuous 56-kilometre recreational corridor extending from one side of the Greenbelt to the other.
In the Shirleys Bay area, there are seven kilometres of hiking trails, as well as 19.3 kilometres of pathways for walking, biking (fat biking in winter), skiing and snowshoeing. The trails in Shirleys Bay Conservation Area are part of the Great Trail. When hiking or walking through the Shirleys Bay Conservation Area, you will see fallow fields, young forests and views of the Ottawa River.
- Jack Pine Trail
- Beaver and Chipmunk Trails
- Sarsaparilla Trail
- Old Quarry Trail
Stony Swamp trails pass through woodlands, an old quarry with unusual geology, beaver ponds, beaver dams and an old lime kiln.
At Mer Bleue, there are 21.7 kilometres of hiking trails. A great hike is the six-kilometre forest trail that goes up to a sandy escarpment overlooking the bog. The Mer Bleue Bog Trail is a boardwalk that allows you to explore the heart of the bog and discover its many interesting facets — it’s an ideal spot to take young children for a walk.
- Free, year-round parking is available at the P26 parking lot.
- The Greenbelt Pathway East is universally accessible.
Trail Courtesy in Winter
If you are walking or snowshoeing on trails used for cross-country skiing, please stay well to the side of the ski tracks.
- Greenbelt Trails (3.45 MB)