Green’s Creek in the East End

Our three big rivers – the Ottawa, Rideau, and Gatineau – get all the attention when it comes to local waterways, however there’s a little creek in the east end full of charm and grace that quietly weaves it’s way north. I was very fortunate to happen upon a short section of it by accident during one of my rides. You can too. Here’s how.

This all happened while on a bike errand to the Home Depot in the east end. I decided to make the most of it and explore a trail noted on Google Maps a bit further east off Innes Road as it heads through the Greenbelt.

Trailhead off Innes Road looking west
Trailhead off Innes Road looking west

While venturing along, I noticed another path turning off to the right. It lead me over this old abandoned train bridge…

Old train bridge over Greens Creek
Old train bridge over Greens Creek

… winding up at the back of this big box store that fronts onto Innes Road…

Back of the big box store
Back of the big box store

…so I turned around.

Crossing back over the train bridge I noticed another unmarked path that continued along the bank of Green’s Creek. Couldn’t resist. Now this is pretty much a foot path, so I recommend either walking/carrying you bike most of the way, or locking your bike to a tree and exploring by foot. You will not be disappointed.

Path along Greens Creek
Path along Greens Creek
Little falls along Greens Creek
Little falls

Along the shore there are many hints that this was not always a predominantly natural environment, as suggested by these remains.

Twisted metal, concrete and brick
Twisted metal, concrete and brick

The path eventually veers away from the creek as it comes upon the Trans-Canada Highway, and ends a bit further along at some train tracks.

Where the path ends
Where the path ends

I turned around and headed back to the marked trail, which takes you between two farmers fields like so.

Trail between fields
Trail between fields

This leads to the wider stone dust Prescott Russell rail-to-trail path that you can follow all the way to Quebec.

Rail-to-Trail
Rail-to-Trail

I headed back along Anderson Road.

Author: ottawavelo

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2 thoughts on “Green’s Creek in the East End”

  1. That looks AWESOME. Not normally my end of the city when I am visiting my folks but I may nevertheless go looking for your route. What kind of bike are you riding? Looks like you needed to be comfortable on both pave and dirt.

    1. Thanks – ’twas indeed awesome. In the summer I ride A Norco VFR 5 which they categorize as a ‘City and Path Bike’ from their ‘Urban Commuting Series’. It’s great on and off road, but not too far off road.

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