Hike the Ottawa Greenbelt

Mer Bleue

The Ottawa Greenbelt encompasses a vast area equipped with more than 150km of trails. Considered the most ecologically diverse area in Eastern Ontario, the trails are grouped to show the distinct widlife in the region. There are Stony Swamp Trails, Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest Trails, Pine Grove Trails, Mer Bleue Trails, and more. If the cold temperatures keep you from exploring the far north, head toward Ottawa. As the second-largest bog in Southern Ontario, Mer Bleue is able to support a number of plant and wildlife populations commonly found in northern boreal bogs, meaning many plant and wildlife species here are regionally rare.

For those who tire of taking these trails by foot in the summer months, the Greenbelt also offers a 10km trail for horseback riding along with six different riding schools.

Amenities: Washrooms; campsites.

How to get there: Located just outside the city of Ottawa, the Greenbelt can be accessed by taking Highway 417 south, exiting at Regional Road 27/Anderson Rd. Travelling down Anderson Road, take Ottawa Road 14, turning left at Ramsayville Road.