Aside from keeping in shape, running offers many therapeutic benefits, especially when you get to enjoy a nature-filled setting while you get your heart pumping. If you’re an avid runner, explore some of our favourite Ottawa running trails below.
Rideau Canal Loop
This is one of the prime running spots in the city. It stretches about 5 miles from Confederation Park to Mooney’s Bay. It’s a picturesque run with designated pathways that are flat and comfortable to run along.
Ottawa River Pathway
Although it’s not as close to the city core, the Ottawa River Pathway is a stunning path to check out that’s right along the water. It runs from Rockcliffe Park to Greens Creek and is about 7 miles long with a few good turnaround points. This path is suitable for moderate to advanced runners as it does have some inclines and gravel spots.
This 5-mile run starts along Parliament Hill and winds passed a few of the major embassies, as well as the Byward Market. There’s also a half-mile loop you can take at Strathcona Park. It’s ideal if you enjoy a scenic route with lots to see along the way.
Of course, we can’t make this list without mentioning Gatineau Park. It’s only a stone’s throw from the city and is well worth the trip. There are over 240 kilometres of trails here. Whether you’re looking to get in a serious workout or take a more leisurely run, there are lots of different trails that vary in duration and difficulty levels, including paved and unpaved paths. If you plan to go on a hot day, head towards the beach stop for a refreshing dip afterwards.
Old Quarry Trail
This well-maintained trail is 2.7 kilometres and is ideal for all skill levels. It’s available to use all year long, and runners can enjoy the peaceful serenity while spotting some wildlife too.
Jack Pine Trail
If you’re near Nepean, head to Moodie’s Drive, where this trail starts. You can run along the compact soil nestled in between sprawling pine trees. It’s a dreamy trail for nature lovers; just make sure to spray some mosquito repellent beforehand.
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