Shirley’s Bay (NCC Trail: Shoreline, 10, 12) in Ottawa – Trail Report

Shirley’s Bay (NCC Trail: Shoreline, 10, 12) in Ottawa – Trail Report

A very popular hiking area, the NCC’s Shirley’s Bay sector boasts over 7kms of trails with shoreline, wetlands, and treed sections. It is an ecologically significant area with it’s diverse terrain and, to the delight of birders, is along an important bird migration. Over 270 species have been spotted here!

Suggested Stops

Hard to recommend nearby stops and shops since it’s still within the city and there is an abundance of amenities nearby.

Important Insights

This area is prone to flooding in the spring and early thaws/refreeze means that there's a lot of ice increasing risk of falls.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from, if there are corrections please send to

Land Management

This property is managed by the NCC. Did you know that beyond Gatineau Park, that NCC trails are divided into six major sectors? They are; Shirley’s Bay, Phiney Forest, Mer Bleue, Green’s Creek, Stony Swamp, and Pine Grove. Kindly respect the trail guidelines by keeping your dog on-leash, carrying out all trash, and staying on the trail (no off trail roaming to protect ecological efforts and in respect of other hikers).

GPS Coordinates

45.35448998442505, -75.86046697296133

Street Address

NCC P2, Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K2H 8B2


You can park at NCC P2 on Carling Ave (easiest to hike from), NCC P1 on Rifle Rd (location of boat launch, picnic tables, washrooms), NCC P3 on Corkstown Rd.


Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception



Outhouses located at the parking lot.



Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from the NCC.


Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)


Cell Reception



Woodlands, Picnic Area


Hiking, Birding, Snowshoeing, Geocaching


No dogs at Shoreline Trail (P1). Dogs permitted on-leash at NCC trail 10 + 12.

Trail Description

Shirley's Bay NCC Shoreline Trail A short 100m trail along the Ottawa River shoreline. Co-located at P1 with the boat launch, picnic area, and washrooms. Shirley's Bay NCC Trail 10: Starting from P2, this popular and main attraction at Shirley’s Bay is a very well marked 4.2km loop trail through treed areas and wetlands with a few viewing points of the Ottawa River. Creeks and bridges can be found along the way. Shirley's Bay NCC Trail 12: Located at P3 on Corkstown Rd, this trail is 2.7km on a well marked trail.

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