Looking for a place to ride your Fat Bike this winter? Here are some suggestions.
Gatineau Park has over 40 kilometres of snow biking trails, ranging in level of difficulty from easy to very difficult. All snow biking trails are shared with snowshoers, who have the right of way. The Park is a prime destination for outdoor activities that respect the environment. The trails are not mechanically compacted or groomed. Snowshoe traffic compacts the snow, so trail conditions are variable. Snow bike trail conditions are updated regularly during the snow biking season. Tire width must be at least 9.4 cm (3.7 inches), and tire pressure must be 10 psi or less.
You can find conditions here. The trails are patrolled by professional and volunteer patrollers. A daily or season pass is required to access the snow biking trails in Gatineau Park. Pets are not allowed on snow biking trails.
COVID-19 NOTE: Gatineau Park sold a record number of season passes for the 2021 season. Avoid peak time. More COVID-19 updates can be found here
2. The SJAM Winter Trail
Running along the Ottawa River between Westboro beach and the War Museum this free multi-use trail is groomed regularly You can find updates on trail conditions here
3. The Ski Heritage East Winter Trail
Ski Heritage East grooms a multi-use Winter Trail for 30km along the bank of the Ottawa River from Trim to Blair in eastern Ottawa. This trail is also free you can find updates on trail conditions here
4. The Ottawa West Winter Trail
8k of free mulit-use trail in the west end groomed by Kanata Nordic. You can find more details here
5. The Rideau Winter Trail
This free multi-use winter trail serves the Overbrook, Sandy Hill and Vanier neighbourhoods. You can find more information here
6. The Britannia Winter Trail
This new winter multi-use trail runs along the Ottawa River in the Britannia Beach area. You can find more information here
7. Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy
A multi use trail groomed by the city of Gatineau. You can find details here
COVID-19 NOTE: Restrictions are in place. Details can be found here
8. Larose Forest
Located between Ottawa and Hawkesbury. Minimum tire width is 3.7 inches. You can find trail information here You must be a member of OMBA to use these trails for Fat Biking.
9. South March Highlands- Kanata Lakes
This trail network is maintained by the fine folks at OMBA but the trails are open to anyone. Maps and details here
10. Limerick Forest
Located in Leeds & Grenville. This area includes multi-use trails. Not that motorized snowmobiles and ATV’s are allowed on many trails. You can find more information here