Welcome to the walking trails in and around the historic village of Merrickville – ‘Jewel of the Rideau’. Enjoy a stroll through quiet streets and explore the architecture, heritage, and natural beauty of the village. Walk a trail that loops through our natural and historical surroundings. Glimpses of great blue herons, osprey, painted turtles, rustic stone and cedar fences, 100-year-old cedar forest, and a host of other marvels await your discovery.
Regular walking, if you can manage it, is one way to help ourselves get through the current Covid challenges. To this end we are preparing a series of “Nature Notes for Hikers” and a list of local trails with annotated maps that are available online. We hope that these will give you a little extra incentive to get out and walk. Please see the links below.
It should be fairly easy to respect and practice the social/physical distancing that is helping us to stay ahead of Covid, while out walking or hiking along our trails, in our fields, and on our pathways and village streets. We are very fortunate to also have several lock stations close by which provide excellent spaces to look at and to listen to nature. If you are walking in a household group, you can simply switch to single file (including the dogs) if you meet someone. And if you want to stop for a brief hello, why not give yourselves at least three metres between your groups, instead of only two? Better to be safe than sorry in this case.
Click on the Nature Notes tab for the following:
“Bird Notes for Hikers”
Stew Hamill is a well-known Merrickville naturalist and has kindly agreed to share with us his experience and his suggestions for what birds we can look for as we get outside over the next few months. He will provide updated versions of his “Bird Notes for Hikers” every 1-2 weeks until the summer, so as to let us know which different birds are on the move through our area.
“Spring Flowers Notes for Hikers”
This an updated version from last year’s Spring Trails Walk from Burritt’s Rapids to the Stoney Steps. The best place to find these cheerful flowers is in wooded areas and under hedgerows. They are not always obvious at first, but if you look into the undergrowth
“Nature Notes for Hikers”
Andrea Howard is preparing guides with other nature themes, and these will be posted as they are ready
Click on the Maps tab for annotated trail maps and the Local Walks tab for more information
You will find links to the annotated maps that are available for trails and walks in and around Merrickville. Any one of these walks might be a good place to use any one of the new “Notes”, and we hope that this will help us all to get through the next phase of social restrictions, and well into the summer. Most trails and public spaces that remain accessible limit the use to walkthroughs only, a maximum of five in any one group, require social distancing between groups, and no additional recreational activities. Some have closed or restricted parking spaces, so either arrive on foot, or park only where indicated.
Our best wishes to you, and hope to see you soon – though at 3 metres distance – on the Trails!
for the Merrickville District Trails Society