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Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Gatineau Park

Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Gatineau Park

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The obvious choice for many nature enthusiasts, Gatineau Park has a host of trail options from short strolls to difficult climbs, hiking to skiing and winter biking.

Many end at stunning lookouts, so there’s a payoff at the end of your workout.

Though the NCC has closed the park’s visitor centre, the sprawling park’s path network and parking lots remain open, at least for now.

Conditions on some trails may deteriorate in Friday’s warmer weather and rain, but the NCC said they should improve this weekend.

More hiking trails are scheduled to open next month.

Trails and maps are online here.
https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/hiking-and-walking-gatineau-park

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Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Pinhey Forest Trails

Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Pinhey Forest Trails

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

Organization: National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Located in the woods behind the Nepean Sportsplex, Pinhey Forest’s Trail 30 is an easily accessible hiking route through a conifer forest. It runs 3.5 kilometres and is open year-round. The trail is maintained by the City of Ottawa, and parking is available behind the recreation complex on Woodroffe Avenue.

Details and maps are available here.
https://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/index.php?url=trails/view/pinhey-forest-trails

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Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Eagle’s Nest Lookout

Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Eagle's Nest Lookout

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

Organization: Calabogie Peaks Resort

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

This hike at Calabogie Peaks is only moderately challenging, with a gradual climb up an old logging road. It can take two and a half to three hours, but hikers are rewarded with a fantastic view from the top.

More information and details are online, including this Eagle’s Nest hiking guide.
https://www.calabogie.com/activities/summer-activities/hiking-trail-descriptions/

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Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Stony Swamp Trail

Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Stony Swamp Trail

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: National Capital Commission (NCC)

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Located on National Capital Commission land near the junctions of highways 417 and 416 in Ottawa’s west end, the 40 kilometres of trails at Stony Swamp are a great place to get back to nature without leaving the city. The area is classified as a provincial significant wetland, where you’ll find 700 species of plants and over 250 species of birds. There are also beaver ponds and a sugar maple forest.

There’s free parking all year round, and more information and maps available here.
https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/stony-swamp

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Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Poet’s Pathway

Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature - Poet's Pathway

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The Poets’ Pathway Committee

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Running from Britannia Beach to the Beechwood Cemetery, much of this walking and biking trail consists of existing pathways. The complete trail stretches across 35 kilometres and is divided into 12 shorter walks, such as the Rideau River section and the McCarthy Woods Loop. The trail also features plaques with Canadian poetry along the way.

Details on the walks and maps can be found at http://www.poetspathway.ca/map.

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Hutton Creek Marsh Restoration Nearing Completion

Hutton Creek Marsh Restoration Nearing Completion

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital)

Organization: Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

Timeline for Completion: 2020

Objective:

Hutton Creek Marsh is an amazing sample of Ontario’s provincially significant wetlands. This 300-hectare marsh found upstream of the Motts Mills Berm is part of the much larger Otter Lake – Hutton Creek Wetland Complex which covers 722 hectares. Five individual wetlands make up a palustrine wetland complex, meaning there is a permanent flow of surface water into the wetland from various creeks and out below the Motts Mills Berm into Hutton Creek and on downstream to the Rideau River.

In 2015, the nearby Motts Mills Dam was decommissioned and replaced with an earthen berm. In 2017, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) lowered local water levels to help staff study the wetland and determine the best way to address the crowded cattails. In 2019, work began to increase the open water features of the marsh. Crews looked to build 1.5 acres of open water ponds and add 500 metres of channels to help return the wetland to a healthier hemi-marsh state (50 per cent vegetation and 50 per cent open water).

These improvements will support increased diversity for various plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and turtles. This healthier water-to-vegetation ratio is also ideal for waterfowl. Creating more open water will also restore local access for paddling and hunting. It is hoped that the diversity and abundance of species will return to what was in the 1970s and 1980s.

Some final work will be done this in the coming months to add habitat structures, distribute vegetation seeds and plant water-loving shrubs at the construction site.

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Indigenous Walking Tours in Ottawa

Indigenous Walking Tours in Ottawa

(Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Indigenous Walks

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Seasonal

Objective:

Indigenous Walks is a walk and talk through downtown Ottawa from an Indigenous perspective. Together walkers and guide will explore social, political and cultural issues through architecture, landscape, monuments and art.

The tour is about two hours over 3km through downtown Ottawa.

Reservations are recommended, please call (613) 290-8597.

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The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Friends of the Earth

Timeline for Completion: June to Aug – an Annual Event

Objective:

Just like governments need a census to know what’s happening with its citizens, as well as their homes, families and jobs, we think bumble bees need their own census. Not enough is known about wild, native bees in Canada, and what scientists do know is worrying.

Bumble bees are the most well known of Canada’s wild, native bees though getting to know the 40+ species is a challenge. To help identify your bumble bee photo, you can download a census card for Western Canada or Eastern Canada.

We know bees are facing many stressors – habitat loss, pesticide exposure and disease are big ones but so is climate change. In fact, the United Nations describes the loss of insects worldwide as an ongoing “insect apocalypse”.

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Create Your Own Bee & Bee Space

Create Your Own Bee & Bee Space

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Friends of the Earth

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Community gardens, parks and landscaped areas are increasingly important places for wild, native bees. Scientists say there may be as many as 50 species of native bees in the average backyard garden. Many bee species burrow in the ground or use hollow plant stems for homes.

You can help Canada’s 40 species of bumble bees by creating bed & breakfast accommodation right in your backyard or even on your balcony. You’ll find they, in turn, will help you with better results in your garden.

Better still, once you find bumble bees visiting your Bee & Bee, join in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count to help you learn about your bumble bee visitors.

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Greta’s Organic Gardens – Organic Vegetable Seeds and Plants

Greta's Organic Gardens - Organic Vegetable Seeds and Plants

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Greta’s Organic Gardens

Timeline for Completion: Started 1992 – Ongoing

Objective:

As an organic seed company based in Ontario, Greta’s Organic Gardens assists customers in cultivating a unique and high quality garden and plants. We provide organic gardening seeds that flourish into plants and vegetables with enhanced taste and colorful appearance.

Location: 399 River Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1C9

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