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Hazeldean Woods Trails

The Hazeldean Woods Trails is a small but fun trail system in the Hazeldean Community in Kanata, roughly bounded by Hazeldean Road and Castlefrank Road in the southwest and Kakulu Road and Shearer Crescent in the northeast.

The trails are located within two City of Ottawa parks, the Hazeldean Woods Park and the Glen Cairn Reservoir (Forest) adjacent to an underground water reservoir. The trail system is within close riding distance from the Old Quarry Trail System across from the Hazeldean Mall. The total parkland is about 19 hectares (47 acres) with about 5 kilometres of distinct trails.

Although there is not a lot of distance to the trail network it seems longer than it is because of the different loops you can do riding around in it and because of the variety of terrain from easy double track to some really interesting rock gardens and a few challenging climbs (at least for me). This is a local trail system but on both a late Sunday morning and early after supper evening we had no conflicts with other trail users only meeting a few friendly dog walkers and local youngsters on their bikes.

GPS gpx Files

The gpx file for this trail system (and other trail systems) can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

GPX files - Google Docs

If you do download the gpx file please email me at and let me know so that I have an idea of how many people are downloading and using the files.

Posted 2012-06-12

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Richard W. Woodley was born in Sudbury, Ontario in 1950. He earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Laurentian University where he was the News Editor of the student newspaper Lambda and active in student politics. He was active in the New Democratic Party and Waffle in Sudbury and Kanata, as well as Kanata municipal politics. He was a member of the Bridlewood Residents Hydro Line Committee (BRHLC) and creator of the now archived Bridlewood Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) Information Service. He worked on Parliament Hill for 33 years indexing the Debates of the House of Commons (Hansard) and it's committees. Richard has been an outdoorsperson and environmentalist for most of his life and a life long cyclist who recently took up mountain biking. He is active on and a member of the Ottawa Mountain Bike Association (OMBA).

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