Canada’s capital city offers year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. From ice skating on the Rideau Canal in winter to summer sports in the many green areas that dot the concrete jungle, explorers will be entertained for days. Once you get out of the city, the sprawling outdoors offers a variety of trails to suit every level of ambitious hiker. Whether you’re looking for a walk in the woods or a steep climb to jaw-dropping lookout points, these 10 hikes are sure to delight.
National Capital Commission
Trail length: 1.9 km
Elevation gain: 100 m
Why it’s awesome: 10 lookouts with stunning views
Description: Travel through maple groves, mixed forest and open-rock to the Eardley Escarpment. The lookouts reward hikers with gorgeous views over the Ottawa River Valley. Stairs and some steep sections make this a moderately graded hike, but the loop shouldn’t present too much of a challenge to fit hikers.
Distance from Ottawa: 27 km