Get out and enjoy the winter!

kichi sibi winter trail

The Kichi Sibi Winter Trail is a groomed, multi-use winter trail running alongside the Kichi Zibi Mikan parkway. It promotes active living, provides access to the Ottawa River shoreline, and welcomes walkers, cross-country skiers, snow shoers and fat bikers free of charge!

Fall 2023 update:

The Kichi Sibi Trail is now an independent registered charity

Dovercourt has helped launched another community initiative: The Kichi Sibi Winter Trail, formerly known as the SJAM Winter Trail, has finally matured enough to stand on its own two feet and is now a stand-alone registered charity.

When this project began 8 years ago, Dovercourt helped provided mentorship and support. They shared their knowledge and helped get the trail off to a good start.       

Don’t worry, this organizational change will not affect anything for the end-user. It will still be the same winter trail that you know and love. And the trail will remain in close contact with Dovercourt. Together we are strong and the show goes on!    

For more information: 

Read about the trail in the December 2020 Kitchissippi Times 

Check out the website or follow the Kichi Sibi Trail’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds for the latest news.

cross country ski tracks on the SJAM winter trail

About the Trail

The trail connects the Canadian War Museum and Mill Street Brew Pub with parklands along the Kichi Zibi Mikan (formerly 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 Remic Rapids, providing ready access for visitors from around the National Capital Region.

Two tracks are set, one for classic cross-country skiers while the other track is for all other users. Serpentine loops add distance to the trail at Selby Plains, Remic Rapids, Champlian Bridge and LeBreton Flats.

Amenities along the trail include the Westboro Beach tobogganing hill, the NCC Remic Rapids Bistro (AKA the Nordic Village),  the John Ceprano rock sculptures and the café at the Canadian War Museum and Mill Street Brew Pub serving pub grub and craft beer.

Trail route & conditions

Follow the trail on Twitter @kichisibiWT or Facebook; get more info and trail conditions on the Winter trail website.

SJAM Winter trail multi use path in Ottawa

Equipment Rentals

Fresh Air Experience provides equipment rentals. Rent from their store at 1291 Wellington St or visit their rental station at the Remic Rapids on weekends. Contact Fresh Air Experience at 613-729-3002 for more information.

Fat bikes are available to rent on weekends. Reservations can be made by calling the store by Wednesday before the rental weekend. Bikes are first come first serve on the weekend if reservations are not received by Wednesday.


Parking to access the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail is readily available. Westboro Beach, Champlain Bridge and Remic Rapids are all public lots. There is indoor parking at the Canadian War Museum or at the Mill Street Brew Pub. Public transit via the Bayview LRT or Dominion Station allows excellent access to the trail for those that don’t have a car.

Give to the Trail

Donate online:

Please consider making a donation to help cover operational costs at

Donate by cheque:

If you prefer to send a donation by cheque in the mail, please indicate “Kichi Sibi Trail donation” in the memo and ensure that you include your full name, address and email so that we may email you a tax receipt. 

Dovercourt Recreation Association
411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa ON  K2A 0S9


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