A Season in Images: Hiking

Since the pandemic started, I got into the habit of going for a walk every day. Sometimes I walk, sometimes it’s a combination of running and walking. I used to be a gym person. With the gyms closed during the first lockdown restrictions, going for a walk outside at the end of day kept me sane after spending the whole day inside. I used to think it was a waste of time to go out and spend one hour just walking! And now the habit stuck. It's relaxing, it's good for my mind and body.

I’ve had ups and downs regarding my spinal health this year. The pandemic totally changed my exercise routine, and I had a few months of intermittent back/sciatica pain. Yoga became inaccessible to my body, running was out the question, body weight was challenging, so I just walked during the worst of it.

I’m better. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor regularly, I’m back to yoga a few times a week, I learned a few strengthening body weight exercises that I do in the morning every day to remain pain free.

🍁 This fall season inspired me to try hiking. I have hiked a few times in the last couple of years. Now I felt ready to explore nearby trails every week. My husband was my intrepid companion on all these adventures. We focused on easy trails around the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

Below is a compilation of wonderful images from the trails we explored from the end of September to early November 2020 😎.

  1. Mer Bleu – Ottawa, ON
  2. Mud Lake Trail – Ottawa, ON
  3. King Mountain Trail – Gatineau Park – Gatineau, QC
  4. Chapman Mills Conservation Area – Ottawa, ON
  5. Old Quarry Trail – Ottawa, ON
  6. P4 Trail Stony Swamp Sector – Ottawa, ON
  7. Beaver Trail, Chipmunk Trail, Lime Kiln Trail – Ottawa, ON
  8. Sheila McKee Park – Ottawa, ON

Mer Bleu Trail – Ottawa, ON

This trail has a boardwalk section over this bog area. It's gorgeous in fall and easily accessible. There is also a longer loop trail that connects to the boardwalk and we checked that out as well. We spotted Asters and mushrooms!

Mer Bleu Trail - Ottawa, ON

Mud Lake Trail – Ottawa, ON

Super friendly trail and easily accessible. It surrounds the Mud Lake and we saw squirrels, ducks, geese, lots of birds and even a raccoon!

Mud Lake Trail - Ottawa, ON

King Mountain Trail – Gatineau Park – Gatineau, QC

This trail goes to the highest point in Gatineau Park. We have a wonderful view of the city of Ottawa from the lookout. Simply gorgeous!

Chapman Mills Conservation Area – Ottawa, ON

A very urban trail by the Rideau River shoreline . It passes under the Vimy Memorial Bridge. The day we went the water level was low and we faced a chilly wind!

Chapman Mills Conservation Area - Ottawa, ON

Old Quarry Trail – Ottawa, ON

Located in the Greenbelt area that surrounds Ottawa core. It's in the middle of a residential area so it's quiet and accessible. The tree's leaves have all fallen by October 25th!

Old Quarry Trail - Ottawa, ON

P4 Trail Stony Swamp – Ottawa, ON

Another trail in the Greenbelt area close the Old Quarry Trail. It's the same Stony Swamp Sector. No more leaves on the trees (except for the ever greens pines).

P4 Trail Stony Swamp - Ottawa, ON

Beaver Trail, Chipmunk Trail, Lime Kiln Trail – Ottawa, ON

A continuation of our exploration of the Greenbelt in the Stony Swamp Sector. We started at the Beaver Trail and went down to the Lime Kiln ruin: one of the few remaining examples of a 19th century industrial lime kiln in Canada. The trail to the ruin passes through an area of the forest that caught fire in early 2000's and is still recovering.

Sheila McKee Park – Dunrobin, ON

Short trails by the Ottawa River that is also used for cross country skiing in the winter. The nice part is the descent to the river shore with a nice view!

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