Ottawa Outdoor Club


Coordinator:  Alex Neumann, snowshoe(at)

During the winter months, we usually meet on Sunday mornings for snowshoeing. Many outings are in Gatineau Park, with others in various locations around the Ottawa-Gatineau region.  In addition, several out-of-town weekend trips are scheduled that include one or more of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and/or downhill skiing.

The Club has some snowshoes that may be rented for use during one of the Club's day or weekend excursions. If you're interested in renting a pair of snowshoes, please contact the leader a number of days before the snowshoeing excursion, since not all leaders will have immediate access to the snowshoes. You will have to discuss with the leader if it is possible to obtain the snowshoes.

Non-members are welcome on our trips; we ask for a small participation fee.

We usually meet at the trailhead.

We usually meet just inside the Sandy Hill Community Centre. The Community Centre's address is 250 Somerset Street East, between Sweetland Avenue and Nelson Street; the parking lot and the back entrance where we meet are accessible from around the corner on Sweetland Avenue (map).  (COVID-19 restriction - no carpooling)

Information about snowshoeing in Gatineau Park, including the state of the snowshoe trails, is available at the National Capital Commission web site.

For all events, please check the event listings for details, as the meeting day, time, and location can vary. Please register by the departure time shown. Destinations will vary.

A level of difficulty is provided for each snowshoeing trip:

  • L1: Defined trails, gentle inclines, distances up to 5 km
  • L2: Possible off-trail, steeper inclines, distances up to 10 km
  • L3: Possible off-trail, challenging hills, elevation gains up to 300 m, distances up to 15 km
  • L4: Exceeds L3