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Hiking in and around Ottawa

You don't have to go far from your backyard in Ottawa to reach scenic places for walks, short hikes and long adventures!

Join Laura Byrne Paquet to discover pedestrian routes that will help you get outside, experience nature, and see new places. Go out for a morning, a day, a weekend, or even longer! From a stroll around a reclaimed pond a stone’s throw from Carleton University to a hilly hike in Gatineau Park, you’ll learn about routes geared to many interests and fitness levels. Laura will also provide ideas for long-distance hiking routes, such as the Rideau Trail in Eastern Ontario, the Ontario-wide Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the nationwide Great Trail.


Laura Byrne Paquet is an Ottawa-based freelance travel writer. She has been writing about Eastern Ontario, West Quebec and points beyond for over 20 years, for publications such as Delta Sky and the Ottawa Citizen.