Picnicking in the Greenbelt

Photo of a picnic shelter
Have a picnic!
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The National Capital Greenbelt in Ottawa is an ideal location for a small picnic. Escape to nature in the heart of Canada's Capital and stop for a snack in one of the Greenbelt’s great informal picnic areas. Three of the picnic areas are sheltered and all picnic areas have outhouses.

Shirleys Bay Conservation Area

At Shirleys Bay there are sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas by the Shoreline Trail.

Facilities
Washrooms There is an outhouse by the Shoreline Trail picnic areas.
Parking Free, year-round parking is available at the P1 parking lot.

Stony Swamp Conservation Area

Explore the trails at Stony Swamp and stop for a picnic at one of two picnic areas. There is an unsheltered picnic area by the Jack Pine Trail and both sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas by the Sarsaparilla Trail.

Facilities
Washrooms There are outhouses by each of the picnic areas.
Parking Free, year-round parking is available. Park at the P7 parking lot for the Sarsaparilla Trail and the P9 parking lot for the Jack Pine Trail.
Universal Accessibility The Sarsaparilla Trail is a boardwalk and is universally accessible.

Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest

At Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest you will find an unsheltered picnic area near trails 32 and 33.

Facilities
Washrooms There is an outhouse by trail 32 at the P15 parking lot.
Parking Free, year-round parking is available at the P15 parking lot.

Mer Bleue Conservation Area

After taking a self-guided tour on the Mer Bleue Bog Trail, enjoy a picnic in one of the sheltered or unsheltered picnic areas by the P22 parking lot. There are also unsheltered picnic areas by the P20 and P21 parking lots, as well as one by Carlsbad Springs.

Facilities
Washrooms There are outhouses by the Trail 51 and Mer Bleue Bog picnic areas.
Parking Free, year-round parking is available at the P20, P21, P22 and P24 parking lots. Park at P22 for Mer Bleue Bog and at P24 for Carlsbad Springs.
Universal Accessibility The Mer Bleue Bog Trail has a boardwalk that is universally accessible.

Pine Grove Forest

An unsheltered picnic area is located near at the P18 parking lot, by trails 43 and 44.

Facilities
Washrooms There is a bathroom by the picnic area.
Parking Free, year-round parking is available at the P18 parking lot.

For more information see the Greenbelt’s visitor information.