Best Family Hikes in Ottawa

Our beloved National Capital Region is blessed with countless trails and walkways that families of all ages and skill levels can explore. Whether you are looking for beautiful vistas and charming ruins, an easy Sunday stroll or a challenging hike, we have you covered. Check out our favourite family hikes in Ottawa region.

If you are looking for great views and beautiful scenery, check out: 

Eagles Nest Lookout near Calabogie

Getting to Eagles Nest Lookout requires a short and relatively easy 1.5km hike. The views are outstanding compared to the minimal effort required to enjoy them!

King Mountain Trail in Gatineau Park

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At just under 2km long, the King Mountain Trail boasts beautiful views of the Ottawa Valley and on a clear day you can even spot Parliament Hill.

Pink Lake in Gatineau Park

Microscopic algae can be credited for making Pink Lake so picturesque. Keep in mind this 2km trail tends to get busy on weekends (for good reason) and has many stairs to navigate.

If you are looking for charming ruins, check out: 

Lime Kiln Trail in Barrhaven

Lime Kiln Trail is a short, charming walk where you can explore the ruins of an historic lime kiln.

Carbide-Wilson Trail in Gatineau Park

This hilly 3km loop leads you to what is left of Thomas “Carbide” Wilson’s laboratory nestled beside a beautiful waterfall. The inventor of calcium carbide sure picked a stunning spot to conduct his experiments.

If you are looking to be challenged, check out:

Luskville Falls Trails in Gatineau Park 

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Luskville Falls Trail leads you up the Eardley Escarpment along a challenging path. Along the way you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Ottawa Valley and if you visit in the springtime, stand in awe of the  powerful waterfall. 

If you are looking for an easy weekend stroll, check out: 

Mer Bleue Conservation Loop in Orleans

Mer Bleue Conservation Loop takes you along a boardwalk through the Mer Bleue Bog Conservation Area. There are lots of information panels along the way to help you learn about this unique Boreal-esque landscape.  

Jack Pine Trail in Barrhaven

Jack Pine Trail is part of the Stony Swamp trails system and is the perfect family hike year round.  Make sure to bring some bird seed so you can enjoy feeding the birds out of the palm of your hand. 

So what are you waiting for? Grab some bug spray and sunscreen, pack some snacks, throw the baby carrier in the trunk and get exploring.

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