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.
While venturing along, I noticed another path turning off to the right. It lead me over this old abandoned train bridge…
… winding up at the back of this big box store that fronts onto Innes Road…
…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.
Along the shore there are many hints that this was not always a predominantly natural environment, as suggested by these remains.
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.
I turned around and headed back to the marked trail, which takes you between two farmers fields like so.
This leads to the wider stone dust Prescott Russell rail-to-trail path that you can follow all the way to Quebec.
I headed back along Anderson Road.