A hidden gem in Ottawa west

Rising above the Queensway, Carlington Park is home to the highest natural point in Ottawa.

The fantastic views of Ottawa and Gatineau are only one reason people come to Carlington Park. There’s also the challenging slope that’s perfect for sledding and snowboarding in winter, and hiking year-round; the woods, where you can always find a quiet place to contemplate the world or check out a cool tree; the meadow where American goldfinches, barn swallows, crows, and raptors all head for a snack or a hiding spot; and the wide open spaces where Fluffy and Fido can get their dog on.

The view from atop the Hill at Carlington Park. Winter 2016. Photo by Linda Landry.

But there is so much more to Carlington Park.

The Carlington Woods and the adjoining Clyde Woods (managed by the NCC) are a designated City of Ottawa Environmentally Protected Area. The EPA provides important environmental resources, such as storm water, flood, erosion, and urban heat island control; acts as a local carbon sink; and provides habitat and food for wildlife, including some protected species.

Certain activities are prohibited in EPAs, due to their impact on the ecosystem or on biodiversity. In the Carlington and Clyde Woods, these activities include sledding, skiing, cycling, erecting structures, damaging or cutting vegetation or soil, and creating unsafe trails.

If you’re concerned about conserving Carlington Park’s assets for future generations, or just want to know more about how you can you help protect our parks, urban forests and other public greenspaces, there’s no better place to start than right here in Carlington Park. Let’s take a walk!

Check out some of these resources and find out more about how you can help protect and conserve our natural areas.

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