The SJAM Winter Trail is...
A groomed multi-use winter trail along the Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) multi-use pathway (MUP) that will promote active living, provide access to the Ottawa River shoreline, and welcome a diversity of users, whether they are walking, on skis, snowshoes or a snow bike. The salt-free trail will respect environmental sensitivities unique to the river shoreline.
The trail will connect the Canadian War Museum with park lands along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to Westboro Beach, animating spaces that until now have been little used in the winter. Transit stations border the trail at LeBreton Flats, Bayview/O-train and Dominion Stations, with parking at Westboro Beach, Champlain Park and the Canadian War Museum, providing ready access for visitors from around the National Capital Region.
Two tracks will be set, one for snowshoers, walkers and bikers and the other for cross-country skiers, supporting both classic and skate style techniques. The walking track will follow the existing pathway. Serpentine loops will add distance to the ski track at the Selby Plains and Remic Rapids greenspaces and at open lands adjacent to the War Museum and Champlain Bridge, for an expected distance of 16 kilometres. Amenities along the trail include the Westboro Beach tobogganing hill, the John Ceprano rock sculptures and the café at the War Museum.
- Located in the heart of Westboro, a mecca for outdoor recreation
- Designed with multiple tracks supporting skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking and walking
- Trail is groomed and maintained up to Bayview and Dominion Station
- Trail goes close to downtown core enabling active commuting
- Strong support from community associations and politicians from all levels
- Plans for expansion to develop westbound towards Britannia Park
- Consistent with the future of the NCC’s Linear Park, a 4-season multi-use park