Spring has arrived in the Greenbelt. Snow is melting, nature is waking up — and people are too! Many of you want to get out and enjoy the spring air. Warning: the area’s flora and fauna are fragile during the spring thaw and the trails can be muddy or flooded.

Here is what you need to know to prepare for an outing in the Greenbelt this spring.

Trail conditions

Last update: April 9, 2021

In order for the trails to dry out for the summer season, we ask you, during the thaw period, to avoid the following non-recommended trails.

Non-recommended trailsSector Starting point
10, along the riverShirleys BayP2
21, western loopStony SwampP4
23, from D to E and from P5 to BStony SwampP5
26, southern loopStony SwampP11
32Pinhey Forest15
Closed for the season (winter trail)
Pine Grove

To protect the trails from erosion and widening, always stay on the trail, even if it is partially snow-covered or the ground is wet or muddy. Never walk along the edge of a trail or anywhere that is off-trail.

If you use the trails during the spring thaw period, wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty.


Spring is an important season of new growth and activity for plants and wildlife in the Greenbelt. Make sure you’re aware of the behaviours and practices to follow that respect other users, the environment and the plants and animals that live there.

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