In need of an outdoor adventure? Though Ontario is full of sandy, warm beaches and provincial parks, nothing beats a lovely stroll through nature. That being said, located in the southeastern sector of Canada’s Capital Greenbelt is the Mer Bleue Conservation Area. Here you’ll find an over 7,000-year-old bog, a habitat for many species of rare plants, and wildlife, natural hiking trails, and boardwalks.

Plan your next trip to the Mer Bleue Conservation Area, about a 20-minute drive outside of Ottawa.

According to the National Capital Commission, the Mer Bleue Bog is “one of the most outstanding natural features of the Greenbelt, and is one of its most visited areas.”

Here you’ll find interpretive boardwalks, sand ridges, natural hiking trails, and forests.

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The most popular walk in the area is the Mer Bleue Bog Trail due to its storytelling route.

This is a 1.2 km long boardwalk that is the most photographed part of the Greenbelt, according to the NCC. The boardwalk here is accessible which is great for families as well.

“The wooden footbridge in the southern section of Trail 50 is an excellent spot for observing turtles, as well as several species of frog, including the bullfrog,” per the NCC.

Make sure to check the NCC site to ensure what trails are open and closed.

Not only is the Mer Bleu Bog a beloved area among many, but it also plays an important role in stabilizing the climate.

“It is the largest bog and natural area in Canada’s Capital Region and the second-largest bog in southern Ontario. As such, it is one of the most studied bogs in the world,” shares the NCC.

“A permanent research station at the centre of the bog measures the amount of carbon dioxide and methane released by the wetland.”

If you would love to learn more and see what else makes the bog so special, it’s time to book a trip.

Mer Bleue Conservation Area

Where: Ridge Rd, Ottawa