This is not a "blog" in the sense of a daily journal but a place for me to post GPS trail maps of mountain biking and hiking trails, particularly but not exclusively, in the western Greenbelt in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Carling Place (Former Nortel Networks Campus) Hybrid Rideable Paths and Trails

This is somewhat different than most trail maps posted so far, in that these paths and trails are all easily rideable on a hybrid and were mapped while riding my hybrid.

This pathway trail system is 12 km in total distance (one way, all sections). These paths and trails are across Carling Avenue from Trail 10 (NCC Parking Lot P2) and the pathway to Shirley's Bay. They are between the Watts Creek Pathway and Carling Place, the former Nortel Networks Campus which will be taken over by the Department of National Defence (DND). I usually ride through sections of it on my rides from Bridlewood to Britannia.

Please note that some of these trails have been closed off, but are now easily accessible and no attempt seems to have been made to re-close them. They are noted on the map as "unauthorized trails" and I believe they are on public lands (NCC and/or City of Ottawa).

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 2011-11-18

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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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