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Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club - 2020

Club website:  ottawavoyageurs.ca



Updated December 31, 2019

Please note: In the case of discrepancy between printed walks information and the website, the WEBSITE shall have priority and any changes will be highlighted in RED.



Scheduled Events 2020


February 08

OTTAWA,  ON   Welcome to Winterlude

START POINT: Mill Street Brew Pub,  555 Wellington St, Ottawa  K1R 1C5

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 2B   Registration: 10:00 - 11:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Karen Venema   613-731-5417   mkarenvenema@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Add some spice to your weekend and join us for a Winterlude walk, North America's greatest winter festival. Join your fellow walkers for Brunch after the walk at The Mill Street Brew Pub.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAMS: Famous Canadians, Bridges


February 15

ORLÉANS,  ON   Annual General Meeting

START POINT: Orléans Legion,  800 Taylor Creek Dr, Orléans  K4A 0Z9

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 2B   Registration: 09:30 - 10:30

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Marion Boom   613-435-0568   walking4fun2@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Welcome to the Ottawa Voyageurs AGM Walks. Start time for 10 K walkers is 9:30 am; Start time for 5 K walkers is at 10:30 am. The walk and lunch are free for all 2020 paid members of the Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club.


April 18

ORLÉANS,  ON   Move Your Feet So Kids Can Eat - Charity Event

START POINT: Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre,  240 Centrum Blvd, Orléans  K1E 3J4éé

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 2A   Registration: 09:00 - 10:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Marion Boom   613-435-0568   walking4fun2@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Join us for our 19th Annual Charity walk to support the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre. All money collected by the Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club will be donated to the OCCRC Food Bank.


May 09

OTTAWA,  ON   World Walking Day

START POINT: Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre,  1910 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa  K1G 1A4

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 2B   Registration: 09:00 - 10:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Karen Venema   613-731-5417   mkarenvenema@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Every year, around May 8, we celebrate World Walking Day with people all over the world. Join us today and explore the community of Elmvale Acres, a charming community in Ottawa's Greenbelt. Enjoy shady, tree-lined streets and upscaled homes. Join your fellow walkers for food and drinks at Ralph's Sports Bar after the walk. Location to be confirmed.


May 16

OTTAWA,  ON   Tulip Festival Day 1

START POINT: Carleton University Centre, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa  K1S 5B6

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 2B   Registration: 09:00 - 10:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Marion Boom   613-435-0568   walking4fun2@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Enjoy Ottawa's Tulip Festival. Explore the tulip beds at the National Experimental Farm and the shores of Dow's Lake, the largest concentration of tulips at the festival. (Parking at Brewer Park is free).

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAMS: Famous Canadians, Bridges


May 17

OTTAWA,  ON   Tulip Festival Day 2

START POINT: Ottawa City Hall,  110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa  K1P 1J1

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 2B   Registration: 09:00 - 10:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Marion Boom   613-435-0568   walking4fun2@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: On Day 2 of the Tulip Festival walking weekend, enjoy tulip beds around Parliament Hill, Confederation Park and across the river in Gatineau. Books will be stamped at he beginning of the walk.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAMS: Famous Canadians, Bridges


May 18

OTTAWA,  ON   Tulip Festival Day 3

START POINT: Brewer Pool,  100 Brewer Way, Ottawa  K1S 5T1

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 1B   Registration: 09:00 - 10:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Karen Venema   613-731-5417   mkarenvenema@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Celebrate the Ottawa Tulip Festival along the Rideau Canal, Landsdowne Park and visit Tulip Festival sites on both sides of the Canal. Both the 5 & 10 KM routes will take us on the new Flora Footbridge to cross the Rideau Canal. Books will be stamped at the beginning of the walk.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAMS: Famous Canadians, Bridges


May 30

ALEXANDRIA,  ON   Discover Eastern Ontario

START POINT: Glengarry Trails, 3998-3514 Lakeshore Rd., Alexandria  K0C 1A0

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 2B   Registration: 10:00 - 11:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Benoit Pinsonneault   613-746-9071, 613-290-2652   benoitpinson@rogers.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Come and discover The Glengarry Trails, in the township of North Glengarry, near Alexandria, ON. Why not "take a walk on the wild side": breath deeply of the fresh air, bask in the sunshine and treasure the diversity of the flora and fauna found on the Glengarry Trails. Join your fellow walkers for food and drinks after the walk.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAM: Boardwalks


June 24

OTTAWA,  ON   Honouring Indigenous & French Heritage

START POINT: The Royal Oak - Beechwood, 1 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa  K1M 2H9

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 1B   Registration: 18:00 - 19:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Karen Venema   613-731-5417   mkarenvenema@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Get to know the French and Indigenous heritage of the Vanier & Lowertown communities and discover historic homes in the area. Stay and enjoy a meal at The Royal Oak with your fellow walkers, after the walk.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAMS: Famous Canadians, Bridges


July 15

OTTAWA,  ON   Roaming Rockcliffe

START POINT: The Boathouse Restaurant, Sir George-Étienne Cartier Pkwy., Ottawa  K1M 0A2

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 1B   Registration: 17:30 - 18:30

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Karen Venema   613-731-5417   mkarenvenema@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Please note that this walk starts at 5:30 pm. Welcome to one of the most historic residential neighbourhoods in Ottawa! The Village of Rockcliffe Park is like no other, offering not just abundant green space and beautiful homes, each with their own intrinsic character, but also a very special sense of community.This walk will take is through the NCC Rockeries, the Village Green, Rockcliffe Park & McKay Lake. Join your fellow walkers for food and drinks at the Royal Oak after the walk.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAMS: Famous Canadians, Bridges


July 29

OTTAWA,  ON   Explore Heron Park

START POINT: Overflow Brewing Company,  2477 Kaladar Ave, Ottawa   K1V 8B9

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 1B   Registration: 18:00 - 19:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Karen Venema   613-731-5417   mkarenvenema@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: This walk explores the community of Heron Park. After the walk, enjoy food and drinks at the Overflow Brewery, one of Ottawa's newest brew pubs.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAMS: Famous Canadians, Bridges


August 12

ORLÉANS,  ON   Petrie Island Promenade

START POINT: Royal Canadian Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr, Orléans  K4A 0Z9

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 2B   Registration: 17:30 - 18:30

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Marion Boom   613-435-0568   walking4fun2@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Please note that this walk starts at 5:30 pm. Petrie Island is situated in the Ottawa River and is well-known for its relatively pristine natural environment, diversity of species and two sandy beaches. After the walk, join the Ottawa Voyageurs club members and friends for their annual BBQ and corn roast.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAM: Famous Canadians


August 26

OTTAWA,  ON   South Keyes Stroll

START POINT: Dunn's Famous Bank Street Deli, 2679 Bank Street, Ottawa  K1T 1N1

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 1B   Registration: 17:30 - 18:30

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Marion Boom   613-435-0568   walking4fun2@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Please note that this walk starts at 5:30 pm. Join us as we explore the parks and trails in Greenboro and South Keys. After the walk, join your fellow walkers for food and drinks at Dunn's Famous Bank Street Deli.


September 12

OTTAWA,  ON   36th Annual Walk Sandy Hill

START POINT: Rideau Sports Centre, 1 Donald St, Ottawa  K1K 4E6

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 1B   Registration: 09:00 - 10:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Karen Venema   613-731-5417   mkarenvenema@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Enjoy our 36th Annual Walk with a stroll through the historic neighbourhood of Sandy Hill and the University of Ottawa.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAMS: Famous Canadians, Bridges


October 17

OTTAWA,  ON   Tale of Two Cemeteries

START POINT: Dynasty Café & Bar,  550 Montreal Rd, Ottawa  K1K 0V1

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 1B   Registration: 09:00 - 10:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Benot Pinsonneault   613-746-9071, 613-290-2652   benoitpinson@rogers.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: Notre-Dame Cemetery is Ottawa's oldest and largest Catholic cemetery. It is the burial place of Wilfred Laurier, a Canadian Prime Minister and other notable Canadians. Beechwood Cemetery is designated a National Historic Site of Canada. In addition to being Canada's National Cemetery, it is also the National Military Cemetery of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Memorial Cemetery. Our walk with take us through these two beautiful cemeteries. Join your fellow walkers for food and drinks at the Dynasty Café and Bar after the walk.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAM: Famous Canadians


December 13

ORLÉANS,  ON   Christmas Lights Walk

START POINT: Broadway Bar & Grill, 1615 Orléans Blvd., Orléans  K1C 7E2

DISTANCES: 5, 10   Difficulty: 1B   Registration: 17:00 - 18:00

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club   Karen Venema   613-731-5417   mkarenvenema@gmail.com

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:  Google Map Directions

WALK DESCRIPTION: An annual tradition for the Ottawa Voyageurs, we explore Orléans homes decorated for the holidays and the famous Taffy Lane. This street has a well-deserved reputation across Ottawa as having the best neighbourhood light display. House after house is festooned with blinking lights and floodlit decorations, so many red-nosed reindeer and inflatable Santas and musical candy canes and lots of glittering tinsel.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAM: Bridges





Permanent Trails 2020


OTTAWA - Orléans - East - Convent Glen South - PT018é

Start Point Open: 2020-01-02 ~ 2020-12-31    Distances: 5, 6, 10, 11 km    Difficulty Rating: 1B / 2A

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Darlene - 613-830-4782 - darlene.blight@gmail.com

START POINT:  Bob McQuarrie Recreation Complex, 1490 Youville Drive,  Ottawa  K1C 2X8

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: Proceed east on Hwy #417 and Regional Road 174 from Ottawa or west on Hwy 17 /174 from Hawkesbury. Take the Jeanne d'Arc exit and proceed south to the first intersection (Youville Dr.)  Turn right and the Recplex will be on your right.

WALK INFORMATION: Trails are on city streets, sidewalks and paved pathways. Pets must be on a leash at all times and cleaned up after.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAM: Community


OTTAWA - Orléans - East - Fallingbrook - PT050é

Start Point Open: 2020-05-01 ~ 2020-10-31    Distances: 5, 6, 11 km    Difficulty Rating: 1A / 3C

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Ole - 613-824-1583 - oleolson@magma.ca

START POINT:  Ray Friel Recreation Complex, 1585 Tenth Line Rd.,  Ottawa  K1E 3E8

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: Exit Regional Road 174, at Tenth Line Road South, and proceed along Tenth Line to the Ray Friel Centre. The walk box is located on the back of the wall opposite the Sports Centre Information Desk (entrance to Washrooms). Free parking is available.   613-830-2747

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAM: Community


OTTAWA - Gloucester - East - Chapel Hill - PT152

Start Point Open: 2020-01-02 ~ 2020-12-31    Distances: 5, 6, 10, 11 km    Difficulty Rating: 1B

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Darlene - 613-830-4782 - darlene.blight@gmail.com

START POINT:  Circle K, 1600 Forest Valley Drive,  Ottawa  K1C 6X7

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: Exit Regional Road 174, at Jeanne D'Arc Blvd, Turn Right to Orleans Blvd, Turn Right to corner of Forest Valley. Quickie Store is in the Mini Mall on your left. Walk Box located at the end of the counter closest to the door to the gas bar, ask staff for the walk box.

WALK INFORMATION: Trails are streets and sidewalks with some sections on dirt and paved paths.


OTTAWA - Gloucester - East - Beacon Hill - PT195

Start Point Open: 2020-01-02 ~ 2020-12-31    Distances: 5, 10 km    Difficulty Rating: 2B / 1A

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Carol - 613-744-2507 - ijobst@sympatico.ca

START POINT:  The Hill Butcher Shop & Deli, Beacon Hill Shopping Centre, 2339 Ogilvie Road,  Ottawa  K1J 7N3

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: Exit Regional Road 174 at Montreal Road, turn west in direction to downtown; at  Ogilvie Road, turn right. Free parking is available.

WALK INFORMATION: Strollers and wheelchairs will have difficulty. The trail passes some very beautiful and unique homes and goes along the Ottawa River, a very pleasant and relaxing walk. Trail rating 2B in summer and 1A in winter.


OTTAWA - Orleans - East - Convent Glen - PT213

Start Point Open: 2020-01-02 ~ 2020-12-31    Distances: 5, 10 km    Difficulty Rating: 1B

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Kathy - 613-830-7437 - kathleen_luten@hotmail.com

START POINT:  Ultramar Service Station, 6469 Jeanne d'Arc Blvd. N ,  Ottawa  K1C 2R1

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: From Ottawa proceed East on Hwy #417 to Regional Road 174 East, exit at Jeanne d'Arc North.  Turn left and follow Jeanne d'Arc north to to corner of Jeanne d'Arc and Orleans Boulevard.  The Ultramar station is directly in front of you. From Orléans proceed West on Regional Road 174 , exit at Jeanne d'Arc North.  Turn right and follow Jeanne d'Arc north to to corner of Jeanne d'Arc and Orléans Boulevard.  The Ultramar station is directly in front of you.éé

WALK INFORMATION: Trail is segmented - 2 x 5 km trails. Trails are on streets, sidewalks and dirt / paved paths.


OTTAWA - Orléans - Blackburn Hamlet - east end of Ottawa - PT233é

Start Point Open: 2020-01-02 ~ 2020-12-31    Distances: 5, 10 km    Difficulty Rating: 1B / 1A

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Perry - 613-837-9914 - pcrowder@rogers.com

START POINT:  Shopper's Drug Mart, 2638 Innes Road,  Ottawa  K1B 4Z5

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: Exit Regional Road 174 at Montreal Road exit and proceed East on Montreal Road which becomes St. Joseph Blvd. At Bearbrook Road, turn right.  At the corner of Bearbrook Road and Innes Road, the shopping mall is on your left, across Innes Road.  Free parking is available.

WALK INFORMATION: The trail takes you on the many paths through the numerous parklands of this green belt community.  The summer route is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Summer trail rating 1B, the year round trail is 1A.


OTTAWA - Downtown - PT268

Start Point Open: 2020-01-02 ~ 2020-12-31    Distances: 5, 10 km    Difficulty Rating: 1A / 2A

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Pat - 613-230-5659 - patderroche@rogers.com

START POINT:  Sports 4, 149 Bank St.,  Ottawa  K1P 5N7

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: From East End: Exit Queensway at Nicholas St., turn left on Laurier Ave. and carry on straight to corner of Laurier and Bank Turn Right on Bank. From West End Exit Queensway at Kent and proceed to Laurier (direction North). Turn Right on Laurier to Bank. At Bank turn Left to the Start Point. Pay parking M-F, free on Sat. & Sunday.  613-234-6563

WALK INFORMATION: Trails are on sidewalks or shared pathways.


OTTAWA - Central Ottawa - Downtown - PT277

Start Point Open: 2020-01-02 ~ 2020-12-31    Distances: 6 to 45 km    Difficulty Rating: 1A / 2A

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Benoît - 613-746-9071 - benoitpinson@rogers.com

START POINT:  Champagne Fitness Centre, 321 King Edward Ave [at York St.],  Ottawa  K1N 7M5

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: From Hwy 174 / 417, take the Nicholas Street exit to Rideau, right on Rideau to King Edward, left on King Edward to the Champagne Pool at the corner of York and King Edward.

WALK INFORMATION: Please note the 6 KM route is on the Trans Canada Trail. Distances possible: 6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41 and 45 km. A thematic walk - Tribute to the Canadian Forces. The many possible routes for this walk will take you by and through places and monuments of military interest. Examples: The War Museum, various statues, military cemeteries, the Peace Keeping Monument, etc. A completely documented brochure explaining some 36 locations is available free of charge for walkers.

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAM: Capital City


OTTAWA - Alta Vista / Riverview - East - PT281

Start Point Open: 2020-01-02 ~ 2020-12-31    Distances: 7, 10 km    Difficulty Rating: 1A

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Benoît - 613-746-9071 - benoitpinson@rogers.com

START POINT:  Shoppers Drug Mart, 1559 Alta Vista Dr.,  Ottawa  K1G 0E9

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: Exit Hwy 174 [Queensway] at Riverside Drive. Proceed south on Riverside to Industrial. Left at lights on Industrial. Right onto Alta Vista. The Alta Vista Centre and Shoppers are on the left just after the next lights. Park away from the immediate entrance to the drug store.

WALK INFORMATION: Trails are streets and sidewalks around the Ottawa Hospital [General Hospital, Children's Hospital and former National Defence Medical Centre].

SPECIAL WALKING PROGRAM: Lighthouse


OTTAWA - Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton & National Regions (incl. Gatineau, QC). - PT355R (Volksbike / Cycle Event)

Start Point Open: 2020-04-15 ~ 2020-10-14    Distances: 10 to 60 km    Difficulty Rating: 2B

ORGANIZER: Ottawa Voyageurs d'Ottawa Walking Club

CONTACT: Graham - 613-821-0056 - grahamfawcett@mac.com

START POINT:  No Walk Box available locally.

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT: Open Start Points anywhere on or near the 800 km network of walking and cycling paths and lanes in the Ottawa-Carleton and National Capital Regions (incl. Gatineau, QC). Link for the regional pathway map: http://tinyurl.com/ybjc2cs3

WALK INFORMATION: Daylight hours. Participants must contact Graham Fawcett for preregistration or register online. Link for the regional pathway map: http://tinyurl.com/ybjc2cs3

Participants may also use their own technology and knowledge of the Ottawa-Carleton Region to participate: mapmyride.com