The Ottawa Valley Trail was originally part of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The CPR sold the stretch of rail line between Smiths Falls and Mattawa to the County of Renfrew, County of Lanark and the Township of Papineau-Cameron. The section in Renfrew County was officially named the Algonquin Trail, a subsection of the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail.

Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail is a 300 km long corridor running between Sturgess Road in Montague and Mattawa.  The Renfrew County section is approximately 240 km from Arnprior to Mattawa in Nipissing Region.

As a transportation route the OVRT is a one-size-fits-all trail, offering users stellar scenery and world-class views along its roughly 300 kilometre route. A safe, level, gravel-or-paved trail for cycling, walking, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles makes the trail desirable for all users.

Please check the online interactive map for details on closed sections of the trail.

Link to trail map for the entire trail length:,44.7887,-75.5899,46.4086

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Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail – Renfrew County Section characteristics

Length: 300 km with about 240 km in Renfrew County
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Gravel, Natural, Paved, and Stone Dust
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain biking, Cycling, Snowmobiling, and Equestrian
Partially wheelchair accessible
Fees: none

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: none

Attractions: none

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Find it: Renfrew County section starts at Highway 417 in Arnprior.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 45.4237570
Longitude: -76.3457860