Trail Length  Trail Type  Level of Difficulty
275 mStraight lineEasy

The Shoreline Trail, located in the Shirleys Bay area, is a provincially significant wetland and the largest marshland in the Greenbelt. The Shoreline Trail which borders the Ottawa River is a popular destination for observing shorebirds.

Recommended activities

  • Hiking
    • Free. Year-round.
  • Water sports and fishing
    • For kayaks, canoes and small watercraft, this is the best place in the Greenbelt to launch your boat.
    • Access to the boat launch is free.
  • Photography
  • Plant and wildlife observation
    • Shirleys Bay is located on an important bird migration route on the Ottawa River, and is an excellent place for birding.
    • More than 270 bird species have been observed, including the bald eagle.
  • Picnics
    • There are sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables at parking lot P1, close to the Shoreline Trail.

Points of interest

  • This trail offers spectacular views of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills. It is also one of the best spots to see the vibrant colours of the sunset.

Trail code of ethics

Rules have been established to ensure that everyone can enjoy the area, today and in the future. Learn more here.