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Hiking Groups in Ottawa

Hiking Groups in Ottawa

Getting outside can be intimidating if you’re not used to it, or if you don’t have friends who enjoy the outdoors.   Fortunately in Ottawa, there are tons of cool groups who are all about getting outdoors, and will be happy to bring you along! If you’re up for something new, connect with one of these groups and you’ll be exploring the outdoors in no time. 

The Ottawa Outdoor Club

Info: The OOC schedules outings every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year, and has equipment available to rent (like snowshoes).  

Activities: Hiking, Biking, Canoeing, Skating, Snowshoeing, and Cross-country skiing. 

Location: Ottawa/Gatineau with weekend trips to further destinations booked throughout the year (like the mountain ranges in New England). 

Carpooling Available: Yes

Children/Youth Allowed: Yes, with an adult. 

Cost of Membership: $45 for one year. 


The Rideau Trail Association

Info: The Rideau Trail is a 387 Km. trail that runs between Kingston and Ottawa. There are three clubs, one for each section of the trail- Kingston, Central, and Ottawa.

Activities: Walking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, and skiing. 

Location: The Rideau trail, and other trails in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. 

Carpooling Available: Yes

Children/Youth Allowed: No. 

Cost of Membership: $25 per year (with discounts for multiple years and households).\


Ottawa Rambling Club

Info: The Ottawa Rambling Club has been around, and getting outdoors, since 1978! The club hosts outings weekly.

Activities: Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Cross-country skiing. 

Location: Ottawa/Gatineau based with out of town trips multiple times a year (location examples include Frontenac Provincial Park and the Adirondacks).

Carpooling Available: Yes

Children/Youth Allowed: Yes, with an adult. 

Cost of Membership: $25 for one year, or $40 for two. You’re welcome to join outings as a guest before deciding if a membership is right for you. 


Hike it Baby Ottawa/Gatineau Branch

Info: Hike it Baby is an international organization that brings families together to support each other in getting their kids outdoors. Group hikes are hosted weekly by members, for all different skill levels and ages. 

Activities: Hiking. 

Location: Trails in the Ottawa/Gatineau area.  

Carpooling Available: No

Children/Youth Allowed: Yes, that’s the whole point!  

Cost of Membership: Free in Canada. 


Alpine Club of Canada- Ottawa Section

Info: The Alpine Club of Canada was established in 1906, and has a proud history of alpine activity and conservation. Being a member of the ACC provides access to resources across the country, like ACC owned huts in the Canadian Rockies. 

Activities: Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, rock climbing, and ice climbing. 

Location: Ottawa and surrounding areas, with “summer camps” held across the country. 

Carpooling Available: Yes

Children/Youth Allowed: Yes

Cost of Membership: $54.24 for one year




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  1. Nancy Williams Nancy Williams

    Please add to your list of Ottawa Hiking Groups the City of Ottawa Active Living Club. T

    he Active Living Club promotes outdoor activities in a group setting for older adults aged 50+ and seniors. Activities include cycling, hiking in spring, summer and fall. In the winter, we offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Our leaders will take you all over the Ottawa and Gatineau area to enjoy the trails, pathways, and landscape our region has to offer. Please note, this program is not an instructional program and participants must provide their own transportation to the starting locations. Schedules are e-mailed to the participants after registration. End times vary. Active Living Club Annual Membership has its privileges!


    Access to all seasonal activities, including Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter activities within a one-year cycle for $172.50 or $155.50 (65+). Register at the City of Ottawa Recreation facilities and then participate in any of the individual activities at no extra cost!

    For more info please contact us at [email protected] (link sends e-mail) or 613-247-4883.

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