The area encircling Ottawa has over 150 kilometres of cross-country ski trails. You can use the trails for free, and all are suitable for beginner and family outings.
The Greenbelt ski trails are a combination of trails, pathways and forest access roads.
Use our #WinterCapital interactive map to find suggested routes in the Capital.
Check for trail closures before you leave.
Your safety in the Greenbelt
Engaging in outdoor activities involves certain risks, and it is always wise to exercise caution. In winter, cold weather can present a real danger. Because forewarned is forearmed, here are some tips to help you prepare for a safe and enjoyable outing in the Greenbelt. Learn more.
At Stony Swamp, in south-western Ottawa, you can cross-country ski on these trails:
- Trails 20, 21 and 22: 7.7 kilometres of ski trails that wind through forests with many interesting habitats.
- Old Quarry Trail: Ski along this 3.1-kilometre trail and learn about the unusual geology of this area.
- Trails 23, 24 and 25: 9.5 kilometres of ski trails that connect to the Old Quarry Trail if you’d like to go even further.
- Trails 26, 27, 28 and 29: 12.5 kilometres of ski trails.
- Lime Kiln Trail: This 2.1-kilometre ski trail passes a heritage lime kiln.
Some of these trails overlap with the Rideau Trail, which extends to Kingston, Ontario. The main Rideau Trail is marked with orange triangles, side trails with blue triangles.