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Level: Advanced
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +420/494 ft
Total: 43 riders

Mountain Biking Kanata Trail System

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#26 of 312 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#1,502 in the world

The west side part of this trail system is pure fun while the east side is more tame. While there is no denivellation overall to speak to try the outback 4 mile trail and you will see what I mean. Unfortunatly very few indication but a good GPS map on the net. Ther is also a small part of the trail - at the beginning - suitable for technical downhill.

First added by moncor on Jul 3, 2008. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Ottawa take freeway 417 west and exit at Palladium drive, keep on right and take Huntmar drive on left (north) and you will see the TH parking on the left side before the track. Due to new road construction in the spring the trail system is a little tricky to find but follow the track on the right (east) and the entrance is at 500f on the left. More info on http://www.mtbkanata.com/
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Rider questions

Q: Here's the map: http://ottawamba.org/cms/march-highlands-map/

Q: Hey, can anyone tell me the best place to get a quality free map of this trail system? Also would it be a suitable place to ride an S-works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon? I am a biginner at this... Much appreciated.

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  • Tom E

    Fun trail system if you love mosquitoes. Stop and you will be eaten alive, if you are good enough to keep rolling the whole time it's a good bit of technical trails. Not a lot of ascent or descent, but overall it's great for Buildling some technical trail skills.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz

    Great trail within ottawa city limits ,head there every time i visit family. Lots of rock loose and rolling ,for a real challenge head there in the rain or with snow . Ruled by mosquitos at certain times of the summer

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  • Terry_Smith

    Simply the best mountain bike trails I have ever ridden!! Awesome, tricky, technical, speedy, challenging and in great shape (late Sept 2015). These trails are marked 'green' intermediate, but are easily the same as the black (advanced) trails at Kelso. Hugely fun.

    The advanced trails (you have to go through the intermediates to get them) are equally spectacular. Very tough, but doable, always a line - but legpower, technical skills and taking the right line make all the difference. I could'nt find anything that an relatively experienced mbt'r couldn't do, as long as you weren't too tired or hurt.

    The Ottawa Mountain Bike Association do an awesome job (more signs please!), and I will make this an annual trip. Spectacular!

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  • Icyrus

    Best trails in Ottawa! All trails are well marked trail maps are available. This was a lot of fun and has something for everyone. * Review edited 9/3/2012

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  • vommer

    The outback trail is awesome! Hours and hours of technical riding in this trail system.

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  • farmstrong

    quite technical. easy to get lost. without signage, map is useless. ask for directions from the friendly locals. exhausting in bug season as there's no opportunity to stop unless you want to get ravaged. However, the trail is fantastic - ladders, an a-frame, a downhill section, lots of rocks and a great upper body workout too.

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