The Challenge Series
The Challenge Series includes 10 (9 hiking and 1 wellness) challenges. It was created to promote our region, curiousity in nature, and responsible recreation. There is so much to explore!
How to participate
Select a challenge and check off the hikes/experience as you complete them! You can get The Challenge Series in a PDF version or in your ‘A Guide to Hiking Trails’ booklet.
step 2 (optional)
Join the facebook group. Cheer on fellow challengers and get insider tips from GirlGoneGood©. Share your experience and gain insights within our ah-mazing community.
step 3 (optional)
Once a challenge is completed, you can order your achievement tab for that particular series! Wear it proudly knowing you completed the challenge and supported local charities.
Wanted a little more support, added trail insights, or just like more of a group thing? Join 'The Challenge Series For Ottawa Area Hikers + Adventurers' for an ah-mazing community vibe while completing challenges!
Just like the 'Remove Before Flight' tabs but better, and more meaningful to you. Display your achievement tabs with pride! Clip them on to your backpack, use as a key chain, hang 'em from the rear view mirror.
Let’s take a closer look at…
The Challenge Series
The County Series
Here’s the deal, you have the whole year to complete this hiking challenge. Once completed, the bragging right are all yours! Complete 2 hikes from each of the counties listed below for a total of 20 hikes. While you’re there, support local! You can find local insights for the counties in this guide book or for individual trails on girlgonegood.com
The Naturalist Series
This challenge is for those who enjoy taking in the flora and fauna. These trails offer either boardwalks or unobstructed paths with little to no elevation variance – making them a more gentle hike so that you can really immerse in nature. These trails also offer up fantastic photo ops like the wildlife at Morris island or sunrises at Cooper Marsh.
The Scavenger Series
The Scavenger Series challenge is designed for the wee ones. And really, who doesn’t enjoy a good scavenger hunt?!? Grab your littles and head out to a local trail to explore. The Scavenger Series was created with a little learning and a lot of play in mind. It has twelve outdoor experiences to complete and you have all year to finish it!
The Eco-Activist Series
Our relationship with nature is a two way street. With every breath of fresh air, trail run, and sunrise we take in…we can also return the favour by focusing on our impact and improving our habits while recreating responsibly. Besides, doing good feels good.
The Wellness Series
Welcome in the new year with this wellness challenge that gives you new habits to try out monthly, then you can decide whether you want to keep, ditch, or develop ’em.
The Urban Series
Here’s the deal, you have the whole year to complete this hiking challenge. Once completed, the bragging rights are all yours! Complete a total of 20 hikes from within Ottawa-Carleton and Gatineau Park. You can find new trails from this guide book, on the trail finder map or by checking out the National Capital Commission at ncc-ccn.gc.ca. Go on and get your adventure on! #happyhikings
The Adventurer Series
Hand raised if you like a challenge?!? If getting outdoors is about upping that heart rate and grabbing the big views, then these trails are for you. Each offer either longer distances (10k+), elevation gains, or both! Gear up, press start on that fitness tracker, and go enjoy!
The Experience Series
Almost like a bucket list. But local. And better. It’s time to make memories with these 12 experiences. Always check opening hours/rates/guidelines with the venue prior to heading out for an optimal experience.
The Wise Owl Series
New to hiking? Or perhaps you’re always out wandering and this is a good refresher. This challenge is aimed at raising our awareness on safety and eco-friendly habits that will help both us and the environment we love exploring so much. Take a crack at each knowledge bit and questions. The answers can be found at on the resources page.
The Otter Water Series
You are the SUP lover, canoe day tripper, or the calm kayaker. Maybe all three?! This challenge is to get you out in the water, and discovering new spots. I mean really, Ontario has over 250,000 lakes (including 1/5 of the world fresh water) and Quebec has over one million lakes and streams. And naming it otter water? It just sounds fun. Launch points and hikes are recommendations. Simply paddle these locations to complete the challenge!