Walking takes you places! For recreation or purpose, walking improves your health and can give you the most enjoyable moments in your day.
Walking is free! Choosing to use your feet saves you money on gas and parking fees.
Need more reasons to walk? In bouts of 10 minutes or more, brisk walking will help you meet recommendations found in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines .
Where to walk
Walking can take you where you need to go. If the journey is too long, combine your walk with OC Transpo routes.
Explore your neighbourhood and your city while being active. Map out your walk at Map my Walk Ottawa.
Walk near your local library after borrowing a good read! Use Ottawa Public Library Branch walking maps.
Enjoy nature? Hike and walk on the Capital pathways, parks and greenbelt area with beautiful views of nature you would have otherwise missed!
Taking your dog for a walk? Find new places to explore with the Ottawa Dog Park Finder and Dog walking in Ottawa's Greenbelt .
Ontario Trails Council Ottawa Region gives you local information on trail maps and distances.
Join a local walking group.
Choose walks that give back! Ottawa Charity Walks
Useful walking tools
Borrow a pedometer using your library card at any Ottawa Public Library branch.
Try the Ottawa Public Health Walking Log to compare your step count on different walks.
Use the Smartphone app to track your walking activities.
Consult the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study to find out how walkable your neighbourhood is.
Whether you walk for leisure, exercise or transport, check these Be Safe Be Seen tips to help you enjoy walking while being safe.
- Using cell phones while walking is distracting. Find a safe place to stop and make a call or text.
- Increasing your visibility helps motorists see you sooner, leaving more time to react.
- Wear fluorescent colours (orange, yellow, red) during the day and when not possible, wear white.
- Wear yellow or red reflective clothing during the dark hours and use reflective devices, like armbands and flashing lights.
Like to walk at night? Get your reflective gear from one of these local retailers.
Need more information to prepare your walk?
Ottawa Public Library Branch walking maps
Alta Vista Public Library
Blackburn Hamlet Public Library
Carlingwood Public Library
Carp Public Library
Centennial Public Library
Cumberland Public Library
Elmvale Acres Public Library
Emerald Plaza Public Library
Greely Public Library
Greenboro District Library
Hazeldean Public Library
Main Public Library
Manotick Public Library
Metcalfe Public Library
Nepean Centrepointe Public Library
North Gloucester Public Library
North Gower Public Library
Orléans Public Library
Osgoode Public Library
Richmond Public Library
Rideau Public Library
Rockcliffe Public Library
Rosemount Public Library
Ruth E. Dickinson Public Library
St-Laurent Public Library
Stittsville Public Library
Sunnyside Public Library
Vanier Public Library
Vernon Public Library
||203 Richmond Road
||5607 Hazeldean Road
||5 Hawthorne Avenue
|Foster’s Sports Centre
||305 Bank Street
|Fresh Air Experience
||1291 Wellington Street West
||401 St. Laurent Boulevard
||680 Bank Street
||1580 Bank Street
||462 Hazeldean Road
|Mister Safety Shoes
||1526 Merivale Road
|Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
||366 Richmond Road
||2404 St. Joseph Boulevard
|Rebec and Kroes
||2639 Alta Vista Drive
||901 Bank Street
||160 Slater Street
||1518 Merivale Road
||418 Richmond Road
||1020 Pleasant Park Road
||125 Marché Way
||50 Rideau Street
||1200 St Laurent Blvd
||100 Bayshore Drive
||4338 Innes Road
|Tall Tree Cycles
||1318 Wellington St., W.
||1115 Bank Street West
If you know of other retailers who sell reflective gear, get them added to the list by contacting our OPHIL line 613-580-6744.
For information on cycling tips, routes and safety visit the Start Cycling! page.