Mer Bleue Conservation Area Bog Boardwalk Trail – 1.5 km

I walked this lovely little trail last spring. It is a special little area hidden outside of Ottawa – the capital of Canada. Away from all the hustle and bustle, out in the boonies really, you will find this lovely little boardwalk. It is part of a 3500 hectar conservation area with a more very different eco- system. Mer Bleue is actually the largest bog in Ontario! The walk itself is a tiny little 1.5-kilometer walk but I think the photos are pretty self-explanatory and show just how amazing this hidden gem is!

The lovely boardwalk.
The lovely boardwalk.

IMG_2369_1024IMG_2326_1024IMG_2329_1024IMG_2334_1024We saw tons of wildlife, and the boardwalk brings you through a vast amount of walkways, cattails, peat moss, birch trees, and tons of little blueberry bushes! It would be a treat to go there when they’re in season. Although I saw a sign or two discouraging people from picking them, and warning of fines… I may have to go back. Anyways along with wonderful foliage there was chickadees, ducks, Canadian geese, and an array of other birds I had never seen before. I recommend this trail to anyone in the Ottawa Valley looking for a little step out into nature – a more manicured way to get some exercise and fresh air. The boardwalks are so well maintained its impossible to not enjoy yourself!

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Playing amongst the cat-tails.
Playing amongst the cat-tails.

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I remember going here in the midst of my last semester at college. I really needed to get outside; I could feel my body craving a walk, nature, something – anything besides schoolbooks, laptops and lectures. So I literally researched the closest nature walk in the City of Ottawa that I hadn’t already done, and came up with this walk. This little morning adventure just made my day, heck my week.

Towards the end of the trail you walk through a wooded area. I like trees.
Towards the end of the trail you walk through a wooded area. I like trees.

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I wanted to do the longer 8 kilometer trail, and I didn’t get the chance to do it. But I will be back no doubt! You can find this lovely walk 20 kilometers outside the heart of Ottawa in the Greenbelt Conservation Area. 

Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 3.02.35 PMAll photos were taken by myself with my GoPro or my Canon T5i.

‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see’ – Henry Thoreau

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