Turkey Day Treks in Ottawa, Michelle Ma Belle Photography
It’s turkey day! Well, it’s probably the day after the turkey for many so today is more like the burn-off-a-few-thousand-calories day. Luckily, it’s a B-E-A-U-TIFUL time of year to get outdoors and walk the trails, visit city parks, and explore the beautiful city of Ottawa.
Turkey Day Trails to Trek
If you’d like to head outdoors with the family today, but aren’t sure where to venture to, let me offer a few of my favourite fall locations.
Mer Bleue Conservation Area. This NCC trail network in Ottawa is one of the most outstanding natural features of the Greenbelt. This conservation area has a northern ecosystem that is more typical of the Arctic than of the Ottawa Valley. It hosts a lovely boardwalk, trails, and most importantly, fabulous fall foliage.
Hogs Back Park. Take a stroll through Hog’s Back Park, and the natural beauty of fall and the spectacular views of Hog’s Back Falls and the Rideau River. This urban nature park in Ottawa also offers historical displays which are great for kids to climb and explore.
Mackenzie King Estates. The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a precious Canadian legacy and displays some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the area. Stroll through the magnificent gardens or visit the historical ruins. The faithfully restored cottages are open to visitors, and offer interactive exhibits for the whole family.
Stony Swamp. Stony Swamp has the most trails for hiking in the Greenbelt. The Lime Kiln Trail passes a historic kiln, the Sarsaparilla Trail has a dock extending onto a beaver pond and the Jack Pine Trail crosses beaver ponds. There is also a Wild Bird Care Centre as well as off-leash dog walking at Bruce Pit. Don’t forget your bird feed!
Chapman Mills Conservation Area. Check out the natural river shoreline, wetlands and flood plain areas that are unique in the City of Ottawa. Enjoy the picnic shelter, scenic lookouts along the trail, walkways and boardwalks through some sensitive and beautiful habitats, and read the interpretive signs telling the environmental story at points along the path.
Have I inspired you to get outdoors with the family today? I hope so! The fall season is my favourite but it doesn’t last very long. Enjoy the beauty while it lasts! Happy thanksgiving xoxo