The Old Quarry Trail is located in the Stony Swamp sector, the largest wooded area in Canada’s Capital Greenbelt. This area is a central point for many trails in Stony Swamp. So vast is this connected network that each visit is a new adventure.
Points of interest
- Visit the Old Quarry Trail (Trail 23), a truly beautiful place for a hike. Start at parking lot P5.
- The trail is divided into two loops — medium (1.9 km) and long (2.7 km) — with interpretation panels along the way depicting the geological history of Canada’s Capital Region.
- Trail 23 also extends past the two interpretive trail loops.
- Much of the outcroppings of rocks found in this area are what is commonly known as Nepean sandstone. Its composition includes nearly pure quartz, creating a well-cemented, dense stone which is ideal for use in the construction of buildings.
- You can see this special stone in many of our capital’s heritage buildings, such as the 1916 Parliament Buildings, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Dominion Observatory and, of course, the Canadian Museum of Nature.
- Download the brochure before you go.
Many photographers visit this area to take shots of the white-tailed deer that are often seen along the trail. Moreover, the backdrop of remarkable trees in this area makes for beautiful photo compositions.
- Parking: Free, year-round parking is available at parking lot P5.
- Washrooms: An outhouse is located at parking lot P5.
- Picnic area: There is a picnic area by the Jack Pine Trail (P5).
- Universal accessibility: These trails do not meet universal accessibility standards.
About Old Quarry Trail
Plant and wildlife observation
In the wetland area, to the east (at the centre of the short loop on Trail 23), you can see painted turtles and snapping turtles. In the spring, tree frogs can be heard.
The Greenbelt’s varied topography creates a range of habitats that support many different plant species, including juniper.
Other nearby activities
Scenic bike rides
Enjoy cycling on the Greenbelt Pathway West. Along this nature corridor, you’ll see farms, creeks, wetlands and forests.
Greenbelt farms nearby
Make the most of your outing! After your hike, visit a Greenbelt farm — and take home fresh, local produce. Eating well tastes so good!