Ontario is home to what feels like millions of hiking trails from the shortest ventures to long treks, and rocky paths to paved platforms. Though we do love to get into the thick of it, a pleasant stroll along a smooth road or better yet, a scenic boardwalk is enough to bring us peace. If that’s something you’re intrigued by, there’s an Ontario boardwalk you definitely want to explore this fall. Here’s what to know about Chapman Mills Conservation Area.

Just a few minutes away from Canada’s capital, Ottawa, you’ll find Chapman Mills. This area sprawls across 23 acres of land, located on the west bank of the Rideau River.

According to Rideau Valley Conservation Area, Chapman Mills features a natural river shoreline, wetlands, and floodplain areas that are pretty unique in the city.

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This is the perfect family spot for picnics, a day outdoors, and going for a walk. Chapman Mills has about 1.5 km of trails with several lookout points along the way. As you trek along the trail, you’ll come across a few boardwalks. As you walk through the area, you’ll also come across the Vimy Memorial Bridge on the Rideau River.

Wherever you end up, you’ll get scenic views of the Rideau River and the beautiful wildlife that habitats the area. You can find interpretive signs along trails that tell the environmental story of the land.

Though it might not be a day trip type of experience from Toronto, it is worth exploring if you just so happen to be in the Ottawa area.

And there’s no fee required to explore Chapman Mills Conservation area! It’s open all year round from dawn to dusk.

Happy exploring!

Chapman Mills Conservation Area

Where: 253 Winding Way – Ottawa, Ontario