Hiking is one of those inexpensive activities that you can enjoy all year long. And, if you happen to live in Canada's capital, there are so many beautiful boardwalks near Ottawa for you to explore. Boardwalk hikes often offer incredible views of marshes, wetlands, bogs, and rivers, and they also typically make pretty easy hikes, which is perfect if you're just starting out.

Many of these boardwalks are in or just outside of Ottawa, making them the perfect Ottawa day trip! So, all that's left is to lace up those hiking boots and get started on your next adventure.

Mer Bleu Bog Boardwalk

Price: Free

Address: Ridge Road, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: You can absorb all of the beauty that Ottawa's greenbelt has to offer on this incredible boardwalk trail. The boardwalk leads you through beautiful forested areas and across stunning marshes. 


Pink Lake Trail

Price: Free

Address: Gatineau, Queb.

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy breathtaking views of Gatineau's Pink Lake (which is actually more of a green colour). The boardwalk offers different levels, stairs, and lookout platforms as well. It's important to note that dogs are not permitted on the Pink Lake Trail.


Mississippi Riverwalk Trail

Price: Free

Address: Carleton Place

Why You Need To Go: The Mississippi Riverwalk trail has amazing boardwalk sections and leads you to an incredible view of Arklan Island in Carleton Place. You simply have to see it.


Old Quarry Trail

Price: Free

Address: Eagleson Road, Kanata

Why You Need To Go: The Old Quarry Trail is an amazing boardwalk hike any time of the year. In the warmer months, there's a good chance you will run into painted and snapping turtles or even tree frogs. 


Chapman Mills Conservation Area

Price: Free

Address: 253 Winding Way

Why You Need To Go: A combination of trails and boardwalks will lead you past amazing views of Rideau River and incredible wildlife. There are plenty of benches and covered picnic areas for you to stop and take a break along the way.


Ogilvie Small Boardwalk

Price: Free

Address: 1195 Ogilvie Rd.

Why You Need To Go: This short but sweet 170-metre boardwalk is a hidden gem inside of Ken Steele Park. Surrounded by trees and swampy areas, the Ogilvie Small Boardwalk is a treat at any time of the year.


Marshlands Conservation Area

Price: Free

Address: 1214 Trailhead Place, Kingston

Why You Need To Go: Located in Kingston, this little gem is about a two-hour drive from Ottawa, but the views are totally worth it! A section of the Rideau trail passes through the area, allowing you to adventure over the boardwalk through stunning wetlands. 


Stony Swamp

Price: Free

Address: 4897 Old Richmond Rd.

Why You Need To Go: You can explore the stunning wetlands of Stony Swamp on a beautiful winding boardwalk. With a wide variety of plants and wildlife, there's plenty of natural beauty for you to enjoy here. Washrooms and picnic areas are also available nearby. 



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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