This is an easy network of trails surrounding Mud Lake in Britannia (west end) providing several trail branches, boardwalks, and views of the lake. There are some very old tall pines, it's a pleasant forest experience in the west end of the city, and, has some slight elevation gain and drop more as slope. It's great for bird-watching, exploring the side close to the Ottawa river banks, and, one can complete a loop of the lake in 30 minutes or so, then reconnect with the Ottawa river bike-path, and / or, historic Britannia Village, walking over to Britannia beach, and onwards to Andrew Hayden park for great sunset photography. Not a bad escape from the city in fall when it's cooler and less buggy.
Head to Britannia village in Ottawa, and park either at Britannia beach, or follow to nearby (street parking) the BYC (Britannia Yacht Club) and enter through fenced area near the club -- heading back east a bit into the mud lake area. One can also walk into mud lake from the river bike path, which has fenced openings along the corridor that borders the park. As for all city forests, be cautious in the evenings, go with a friend.
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Posted By: tariq hossenbux
- Wed Aug 31 15:40:05 UTC 2016
UpsideOne of my favourite spots in Ottawa, and a hidden gem too I think. It is easily accessible from the Ottawa River Bike path, and there are many birds, turtles, and frogs to be seen from the small footbridge there. Local photographers frequent the place to photograph unusual birds stopping on their migratory routes. You can also see a variety of plant life on the easily walkable trails. The Britannia beach is very close so that can be added to the excursion as well. DownsideNot a lot of flowers to view and the area is rather small. CommentExcellent spot to get a nature break from the city.