Hiking Trails of Ottawa the National Capital Region and Beyond by Michael Haynes
|June 24, 2010||Posted by Jody Weymouth under Canadian, Non-fiction, Resource|
There is so much excitement involved with moving to a new place. All of those unseen places are yours to explore. Moving to the Ottawa Valley from the East Coast caused me to be all of a twitter, so excited about all the new things I could see and do. There was just one little problem. I love the outdoors and love to hike, but out-of-the way hiking trails are not the usual tourist locations and tend to be overlooked. Sure, the great trails are known by the locals but if you are new to an area, you are left wondering where to hike.
Michael Haynes came to my rescue. He is the author of three other hiking guides, two of which I have used and love. Hiking Trails of Ottawa is full of useful information about the trails and also about hiking in general. The directions are easy-to-follow, meaning I did not get lost. Each trail guide has information on length, hiking time, trail uses, facilities (I love this one. It is always good to know if I should have a roll of toilet paper in my backpack!), rating, and GPS info. Then you are supplied with access information, introduction of the trail (full of interesting history and information), route description, and a trail map. There are also cautionary notes including the wildlife one may encounter. Haynes also provides the hiker with cell phone reception for each trail.
Additionally, there is a useful quick “trails at a glance” table full of information. I have a dog who loves to hike, and this table is great for telling me which trails she is able to go on. This book is helping me explore the natural beauty of the Ottawa region. My one criticism of this book is pretty minor. I wish that the “trails at a glance” table also listed the page each trail can be found on. Maybe for the next edition, this information can be added.
If you are a fan of the great outdoors and love to hike or would like to start hiking, Michael Haynes writes an invaluable trail guide. Go out and buy the book and then go explore. You will not be disappointed.