I am a huge fan of the book and the film Wild that starred Reece Witherspoon. Each year when I would journey to Oakland I would visually follow some of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail through the window of the train. I imagined myself trekking on that treasured pathway through some of the most outstanding scenic terrain in the United States. Beginning in southern California at the Mexican border, the PCT travels a total distance of 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington until reaching the Canadian border. BUT-not everything is in the United States.
Did you know we have an Ottawa Carleton Trailway?
The Ottawa Carleton Trailway which is part of the Trans Canada Section is a 19.3 mile trail located near Ottawa, Ontario. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing & walking. They are well groomed and maintained trails, that offer a variety of difficulty levels. Horses are also able to use this trail.
From Riding the Ottawa-Carleton Trailway— Michael McGoldrick —October, 2007.
From Stittsville, it is 23 kilometres to downtown Carleton Place, and you will be cycling on the Ottawa-Carleton Trailway. The ride is pleasant enough, but like many trails that have been converted from old railway lines, it is very straight, and variations in the scenery are somewhat limited. There is an open air interpretative centre on a wooden deck that overlooks a swamp not far from Stittsville, but there are few other points of any great interest.
For the first five or six kilometres after leaving Stittsville the trail passes through a wooded area that seems to be in the middle of nowhere. A little further, it runs next to land used for a firing range. It can be a little unnerving to see signs warning people about the firing range and the need to stay on the trail. (Gun shots can sometimes be heard in the distance.) We can only assume that the firing range is set up in such a way so that no one is shooting in the direction of the trail. Later on, the trail runs next to a golf club, which is nice, since golf balls are a lot less dangerous than bullets. Read more here…..
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Tolkien
Take a walk on the wild side and hike or bike to Carleton Place