Shirley’s Bay Trails – National Capital Commission contains large wetland areas. It is perhaps one of the best
birdwatching spots in the Capital, as it is on an important bird migration route
along the Ottawa River.

Shirleys Bay has trails, a launch for small boats and an
interpretive exhibit located at the picnic area. The western terminus of the
Greenbelt Pathway is also here. The Ottawa Municipal Campground is nearby.

The trails in Shirleys Bay Conservation Area are part of the Trans Canada Trail. When hiking or walking through the Shirleys Bay Conservation Area, you will see fallow fields, young forests and the Ottawa River.

GPS Coordinates

Trail 10, Parking lot 1, 4.2 km, On leash dog walking April 15 to Nov 30.,   3581 Carling Ave, Ottawa
45.353679 -75.860453

Shoreline Trail , Parking lot 1, .1 km, No dogs allowed year round,   North end of Rifle Rd, Ottawa
45.36521 -75.88348

Trail 12 , Parking lot 3, 2.7 km,  On leash dog walking April 15 to Nov 30,    411 Corkstown Rd, Ottawa
45.332702 -75.857729

Link to NCC brochure and trail map:

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Shirley’s Bay Trails – National Capital Commission characteristics

Length: 19.4 km of trails
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking and Cross-country skiing
Accessibility Notes: not wheelchair accessible
Fees: none

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: Shoreline Trail has picnic tables & washrooms.

Attractions: none

National Capital Commission 613-239-5000

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 45.3652100
Longitude: -75.8834800