Recreation in the Greenbelt

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Discover recreation in the Greenbelt

The Greenbelt, on Ottawa’s doorstep, offers great outdoor experiences that everyone can enjoy. Each year, approximately 3.5 million people visit the Greenbelt.

The Greenbelt is beautiful setting for all kinds of outdoor, family-friendly activities like hiking, picnicking, bird watching, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  There are also two recreational areas in the Greenbelt with off-leash dog areas and toboggan hills.

Over 150 kilometres of trails are dedicated to recreational use in the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt Pathway links to the Capital Pathway network, the Rideau Trail (Ottawa to Kingston) and the Trans Canada Trail. Find out more about the things to do in the Greenbelt.

Aside from the NCC recreational areas, there are also a number of recreational facilities in the Greenbelt. These include a campground, riding schools, municipal sports fields and golf courses.

The Greenbelt Pathway

When complete, the Greenbelt Pathway will be a continuous 56-kilometre recreational pathway extending from one side of the Greenbelt to the other. The Greenbelt Pathway

  • connects key visitor attractions
  • links with other pathways in Canada’s Capital Region
  • adds a unique rural experience to the Capital Pathway network.

Currently the Greenbelt has three recreational paths that are excellent for cycling, walking and running. They are:

  • Watts Creek Pathway
  • Greenbelt Pathway West
  • Greenbelt Pathway East