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What are the best hiking trails near Ottawa?

If you're looking for some amazing hiking trails and walking paths in and around our capital city of Ottawa, you've come to the right place. 

The Ottawa area is filled with beautiful parks, and we've rounded up some of our favourite trails with beautiful views for hikers of all levels. From longer hikes for avid hikers to shorter options for those with less experience, there is something for everyone. Get ready to see lots of birds and stunning views on these wonderful trails in and around Ottawa.

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Klondike North Dogsled and Beartree Trail Loop

(Moderate) 5 km. Approximately 1 h.

This is a very popular hiking trail just outside Ottawa with stunning views and lots of opportunities for bird feeding along the way. Suitable for all levels, this hike is moderately challenging and can be completed in about one hour. It's a dog-friendly trail, but can get muddy in some spots, so be sure to wear proper footwear and be ready for some messy paws to clean afterwards!

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Lime Kiln and Chipmunk Trail

(Easy) 4.2 km. Approximately 55 min.

Another dog-friendly loop and beautiful trail that the whole family will enjoy! This is an easy hiking trail that is very well marked, and some areas are even suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Hikers of all skill levels will enjoy this nice trail that is not overly demanding and offers beautiful views.

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Pink Lake Trail, Gatineau Park

(Easy) 2.3 km. Approximately 57 min.

Despite its name, this lake is not actually pink - it's green. The stunning lake gets its green hue from microscopic algae. This hiking trail loops around the lake and includes several sets of stairs. It's a popular spot and a lovely hike that's good for hikers of all skill levels. The trail is not overly challenging and offers beautiful views of the lake along the way.

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Mer Bleue Loop

(Moderate) 7.1 km. Approximately 1 h 40 min.

This is a beautiful trail that includes a boardwalk over a bog that's more than 7,000 years old. Parts of this trail tend to be wet and muddy, so be sure to have the right hiking gear before setting out. One of our favourite hikes, this one is not a difficult trail but will be worth the effort for the amazing views. If you're not up to doing the entire trail, there are shorter options as well.

Wherever you choose to hike, there are a variety of trails in and around Ottawa for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, and many of the trails and parks are just a short drive from downtown. It’s a great time of year to put on your hiking gear, lace up your hiking boots and head out with the whole family or some friends for a breath of fresh air and some breathtaking scenic views. Remember to layer up as the temperatures begin to drop, that way you’ll stay comfortable throughout your hike and you won’t overheat or feel too much of the chill in the air.
Happy hiking!



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