Maybe it’s the early sunsets or the fact that half of the forest seems to be hibernating, but there is something so inherently peaceful about winter, isn’t there? While it may be cold, it's the perfect time to go for a quiet snowy walk, especially if you live in the capital. So if you need a break from the daily grind to just be alone with your thoughts, we’ve rounded up some of the best Ottawa walking trails for a totally chill(y) adventure. 

We've even included a couple of inside options around the city, too, if the cold just gets too much.

From stunning frozen boardwalks to breathtaking libraries that will make you feel like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Ottawa has so many unique places for you to explore. 

Whether you need to collect yourself after a long working week or want to enjoy a calming walk with your besties, furry or otherwise, the capital is the perfect city to explore.

With frozen tree branches sparkling in the sunlight and snowy walking paths, you won’t even be able to find the words to properly describe the city's beauty. 

So if it’s time for you to take a break and enjoy a tranquil winter walk, then take a look at our list below.

Mud Lake 

Address: Britannia Conservation Area, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can escape to this peaceful oasis without even travelling out of the city. 

Mer Bleue Bog

Address: Ridge Road, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This long winding boardwalk offers the perfect spot to enjoy quiet wintry views from dawn until dusk.

Stony Swamp

Address: 4897 Old Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: These incredible frozen wetlands feel like something out of a fairytale. 

Remic Rapids Park

Address: Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This park is basically an outdoor art gallery. It's the perfect spot to wander around and quietly admire your surroundings. 

Ottawa Art Gallery

When: Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Address: 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Sometimes, the best winter walks happen inside where there's heat. This gallery is quiet, warm, and visually stunning. Best of all, it's free!

Pine Grove Trail

Address: South end, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're wrapped in a blanket of trees and have the forest all to yourself as you wander down this peaceful trail.

Bruce Pit

Address: 175 Cedarview Rd., Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: There's nothing like sharing a calming winter walk with your furry BFF and Bruce Pit is the perfect spot to bring your doggo

Library of Parliament 

When: Open 24 hours

Address: 111 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: All libraries require you to keep it down, but something about the grandness of this one makes you feel like even a whisper is too loud. 

Shirley's Bay

Address: Along the Ottawa River, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This spot is absolutely breathtaking during sunrise or sunset. If you need to do some deep thinking, this is the place.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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