Our city looks magical when the sparkling snow dusts the ground. The next time you need to stretch your legs, these easy winter hikes in Ottawa would be perfect.

You don't need to be an avid hike to enjoy these short and sweet adventures. Spots like Hogs Back Falls lookout is just minutes from the parking lot, so it is ideal if you are in a hurry.

All you need to do is dress warmly and bring your travel mug filled with hot chocolate, and you are ready to go.

Jack Pine Trail

Price: Free

Address: Moodie Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can follow a 0.7-kilometre loop trail through a massive snow-covered forest in the Greenbelt.


Mud Lake

Price: Free

Address: Mud Lake, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Despite the name, it is a picturesque spot to go for a walk around the frozen lake and escape the bustling city.


Bruce Pit

Price: Free

Address: 175 Cedarview Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can bring your dog along for a walk and play with your furry best friend in the off-leash area.


Major's Hill Park

Price: Free

Address: Mackenzie Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This area offers picturesque views of Chateau Laurier and the Parliament Buildings.


Hog's Back Falls

Price: Free

Address: 600 Hogs Back Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: The lookout point over the frozen waterfall is only a few steps from the parking lot.


Pinhey Forest

Price: Free

Address: Pinhey Forest, W. Hunt Club Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: While this area is best known for the dunes, it is also lovely in the winter. Once the snow arrives, it is a fantastic spot to escape the crowds and explore a serene forest.


Princess Louise Falls

Price: Free

Address: St. Joseph Blvd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: It is a secret gem in Orleans that is breathtaking no matter the season.


Old Quarry Trail

Price: Free

Address: Eagleson Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: The 1.9-kilometre loop is ideal for hiking or snowshoeing. If you are lucky, you might spot a white-tailed deer here too.


Pine Grove Trails

Price: Free

Address: Davidson Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: With 18.4-kilometres of hiking trails to pick from, you won't run out of places to explore.


Mer Bleue Bog

Price: Free

Address: Ridge Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can follow the short boardwalk over a 7,700-year-old bog.


Remic Rapids Park

Price: Free

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

Why You Need To Go: You can follow the SJAM Winter Trail to reach this area known for having tons of sculptures along the water.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.


 

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