The 5 Best Hikes in Ottawa

photo: Rachel

Spring is here and you’re looking to get out of the city and get back to nature, as fast and as far as possible. Here are 5 must-see trails and destinations worthy of your weekend adventures.


Luskville Falls Trail Gatineau Park, Pontiac Quebec

This is a difficult but rewarding trek to a beautiful waterfall with a spectacular view of the Ottawa River Valley at the peak. Definitely a substitute hike for the gym! No dogs allowed.

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Details: 271m elevation, 4.2km distance, loop

Difficulty Level: Moderate, with some steep climbs


King Mountain Gatineau Park, Chelsea Quebec

This hilly landscape is part of the Canadian Shield, one of the oldest and hardest rock formations in the world. Dogs not allowed.

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Details: 94m elevation, 1.8km distance, loop style

Difficulty level: Easy


Manitou Mountain Trail, Calabogie Peaks

This hike has three beautiful mountain top lookouts: Eagles Nest, Manitou Mountain and Red Arrow Rock.  You can bring 2 cars – leave a car at the Barrett Chute Trailhead and drive to Calabogie Road trailhead to begin the hike. Personal shuttle back to Calabogie Road, so you don’t have to double-back! Dogs allowed.


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Details: 563m elevation, 9km distance

Difficulty Level: Intermediate, trail map and GPS recommended


Rideau Trail Kingston-Ottawa


This beautiful hike along the Rideau Canal offers a variety of options, a few hours to a few days depending on your goal. This route stretches from Ottawa to Kingston and the entire trail takes about 12 days. Dogs allowed on a leash.



Details: 600m elevation gain, 387km total distance

Difficulty level: Varies depending on time you want to hike


Philippe Lake, Pontiac Quebec

This large lake is a great place to spend the day outdoors and explore the natural beauty of Gatineau Park! With 2 public beaches open June 15th – September 3rd. Campsites are available as well as cabins if you want to spend the night.



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