Hiking has to be one of the most beneficial summer activities out there. Not only do you get to enjoy the summer sun, but you also get a good workout in. There's no doubt that walking up a hill or mountain will get your blood pumping. Hiking is a summer activity that rarely ends up being a flop. There are three main reasons why hiking has be be one of the best summer things to do. Firstly, you don't need to spend much money, secondly you get a fun workout in, and lastly once you finish the hike you have the chance to take in breathtaking views. 

Ottawa is so lucky to have a ton of hiking trails just minutes away from the city. There are so many parks in Ontario and Quebec that are just a quick road trip away. Some trails are not free to enter, so be sure to bring some money with you just incase. Whether you want to hike up a simple trail or something a little more challenging, there are so many trails in and around Ottawa that are perfect for you this summer. It's time to lace up your sneakers and start adventuring!

Hemlock Bluff Trail

Where: Algonquin Provincial Park

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Length: 3.5 km

The Hemlock Bluff Trail is a 3 hour drive out of Ottawa and it's perfect for a sunny summer day. The trail takes you through the forest leading to a high point of the stunning Jack Lake. The hike is relatively short and perfect for you if you're trying to find a quick lake view hike.


Rock Dunder

Where: Stanley Lash Lane, Lyndhurst

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Length: 3.7 km

Rock Dunder is a trail that will lead you to incredible views of the Rideau Waterway. This hiking trail is only one hour outside of Ottawa and it is worth the quick drive. The trail is open from May to November making it perfect for summer and fall views.


Sarsaparilla Trail

Where: Old Richmond Rd, Nepean

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Length: 0.8 km

This super easy trail is perfect if you love taking in nature's beauty but also don't want to lose your entire day. If you and your friends want somewhere simple to head to for some great views of a river Sarsaparilla Trail is perfect for you.


King Mountain Trail 

Where: Chelsea, QC

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Length: 1.9 km

King Mountain Trail is a summer hiking classic. It is a short one hour drive from Ottawa and is only 1.9 kilometres. If you still haven't had a chance to do this trail, this summer is your time to try it out. The hike offers incredible views of the Ottawa River Valley and has 10 different lookout points.


Eagles Nest Lookout

Where: Calabogie, ON

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Length: 8 km

How stunning is this view?! You need to add this unbelievable hike to your summer bucket list. It is only one hour outside of Ottawa so you seriously have no excuse to miss out on this hike. The hike is pretty long so be sure to wear your hiking gear and pack a your water because you're in for an adventure.


Booth's Rock Trail

Where: Algonquin Provincial Park

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Length: 5.1 km

This amazing trail in Algonquin Provincial Park is sure to have you in awe of the views. The trail visits two lakes and a spectacular lookout. The hike back is through an abandoned railway which makes this hike even more unique. This trail is 3 hours out of Ottawa, so maybe you can make a camping adventure out of it too!


Pink Lake

Where: Gatineau, QC

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Length: 2.5 km

Pink Lake is a relatively easy trail perfect for a quick summer hike. Don't let the name deceive you, Pink Lake doesn't have bright pink water sadly, but it does have stunning turquoise water. The hike is only a 30 minute drive from Ottawa and it is 100% worth visiting this summer.


Barron Canyon Trail

Where: Algonquin Provincial Park

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Length: 1.5 km

Barron Canyon Trail is a stunning trail located in Algonquin Provincial Park. The trail is a 1.5 km loop that leads along the north side of the 100 m deep Barron Canyon. The trail is high and lets you see views like no other.


Mount Marcy 

Where: Keene, NY

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Length: 24 km

If you're a true adventurer, then then is your hike. Mount Marcy is about a 3 hour drive from Ottawa. The hike is long and tough so be prepared for a journey. Mount Marcy is located in New York and the views are incredible.


Carbide Wilson Ruins

Where: Chelsea, QC

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Length: 5 km

Just a 25 minute drive outside of Ottawa this iconic gem is a must visit this summer. The 5 km trail leads to a stunning waterfall and a ruin. The building was built over 100 years ago and is a true showstopper. The trail can be muddy and hilly so be ready to get adventurous.


Track and Tower Trail

Where: Algonquin Provincial Park

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Length: 7.5 km

This amazing view is located on the southwest side of the park. Track and Tower Trail takes you uphill to see the most surreal views of Cache Lake. The hike can be challenging to beginners. It will take you past a waterfall and an abandoned railway to this pretty view.


Champlain Lookout 

Where: Chelsea, QC

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Length: 1.3 km

Champlain Lookout is at the top of the Eardley Escarpment on the Champlain Parkway. The hike is simple and pretty easy so if you're a beginner you should be good. King Mountain Trail leads up to this point so why not combine the two trips into one for a day filled with hiking!