The Old Railway Bike Trail is a leisurely family bicycle trail during spring, summer and fall. During the winter, the trail is a multi-purpose winter recreation trail. For most of its 16 kilometre distance the trail follows the abandoned bed of the historic Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway, opened in 1896 and decommissioned in 1959. The Old Railway Bike Trail runs from the comfort station at Mew Lake, near the ice rink, to Rock Lake.
During the winter months, the trail is groomed and trackset for nordic (cross-country skiing) as staff time permits. The trail can also be used to snowshoe, fat bike, bird watch, winter camp, skijoring (skiing while pulled by dogs), plus individuals or groups pulling toboggans and sleighs. Non-skiers should not disturb the tracksetting for skiers. See the current conditions.
Difficulty Rating & Rationale
In winter, the Old Railway Trail is a great location for novice skiing because of its relatively level surface.