Richmond Conservation Area – Walking Trails 1

Richmond Conservation Area - Walking Trails

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: City of Ottawa – Conservation Areas, Forests and Parks

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing – Seasonal


The Richmond Conservation Area is 56 hectares and borders the Jock River. The area is characterized by three large built ponds or lagoon cells, meadows planted with young conifers and small patches of regenerating forest. There are a number of pathways which weave through the forest areas and around the lagoons. The lagoons are known as a stopover point for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. Portions of the pathway may be closed intermittently in 2015 and 2016 for work associated with the Richmond Forcemain Project.

•Distance: 2-4 km of pathways
•Location: Village of Richmond


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Telephone: 613-580-2400 or 311

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Project entered on: March 30, 2019 at 4:47 pm

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  • Norman L iu


    We are residents of Richmond village and regular visitors to the Richmond Conservation Area (CA), locally known as Richmond Lagoons.

    We were shocked last week to see garbage accumulating around the parking lot, including a large and full black bag and bagged feces left by dog owners. There was no garbage bin in sight.

    We understand that many city staff are working remotely due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Perhaps there are fewer inspection of CAs than usual, and perhaps garbage pickup has been reduced or eliminated. We are also aware that visitors are required to take their own garbage away after visiting a CA. But this is clearly not happening, and we are concerned with the state of the parking area.

    We witnessed the official opening of the Lagoons over 25 years ago. A First Nations elder was invited to bless the new site with a pipe ceremony. Over the past two decades, the Lagoons have matured into an incredible wetland, rich in bird, amphibian and mammal life. In winter, the Lagoons become natural ice rinks beloved of locals. All of this natural beauty and diversity is in addition to the lagoons’ function as water retention and filtering ponds.

    We are truly lucky to live so close to such a wonderful CA which provides many ecological services, and we truly appreciate the role that City plays in showcasing the region’s biodiversity and educating the public. Garbage left around encourages further littering, is potentially dangerous to both wildlife and visitors, and reflects badly on the City. We kindly ask that your staff re-install the large garbage bins that used to be in the parking area as a temporary measure to contain the garbage problem.

    We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.


    Norman Liu, Marie-Odile and Lang Liu
    116 Fowler St. South,
    Richmond ON