Ottawa & Eastern Ontario Has more than its share of outdoor shops, clubs and associations. You'll find Mountain Equipment Co-op in Ottawa along with several other large outddoor shops. Smaller centres usually have an outdoor boutique and rentals are usually available, particulary as you approach Algonquin Park.


Schools and instruction are readly available particularly if you'r a paddler. You'll find outfits working on the Madawaska, Mattawa and of the course the Ottawa River.

You can also get a fair share of tips and instruction from one of the area clubs and perhaps you can pitch in and give back a little at the same time.

Outdoor Retailers

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Gear Rental


If you're looking for a particular manufacturer consult our Gear Manufacturers Page.


Clubs & Associations - Regional


Clubs and Associations - Provincial and National


National Capital Wildlife Festival


Ottawa Greenbelt - Ottawa's necklace of green this wonderful mix of forest, field and wetlands provides a natural ring around the the city meeting the Ottawa River to the east and west. Mer Bleue Conservation area in the south has 20km+ of hiking trails where you can practice your nature observation. Stoney Swamp and the Pine Grove Forest area are also great places for an outting. Watch for Grey and Barred Owls, Blue Herons, Beavers, Racoons and even Fox.

Gatineau Park - Ottawa's outdoor playground is a wonderful place for nature observation particulary during the quieter months of the year. Hiking and cross country ski trails are abundant, allowing you to easily explore the park. In the warmer months camping is available.

Rideau National Migratory Bird Sanctuary - Located on the edge of the Rideau River just west of Merrickville this 800 hectare sanctuary is one of Ontario's best birding areas. Watch for Northern Shovelers, Blue Herons and dozens of geese and ducks including the American Black Duck.

Upper Canada Bird Migratory Sanctuary - Part of the Parks of the St Lawrence the park has camping and hiking trails and a birding list with over 200 species to watch for. The park is located on the banks of the St. Lawrence between Cornwall and Morrisburg south of the 401 on RR 2. Friends of the Sanctuary



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