This is not a "blog" in the sense of a daily journal but a place for me to post GPS trail maps of mountain biking and hiking trails, particularly but not exclusively, in the western Greenbelt in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Bruce Pit Trails

This is one of the most extensive trails systems I have ever mapped. Even though there is very little on the official NCC map (below), other than the official Trail 29, there is an extensive system of unofficial undocumented trails.

There is a wide variety of types of trails in this system from paved and gravel paths to wider dirt trails and very narrow twisty singletrack with rooty sections and lots of fallen logs. The trail system includes some interesting sections following creek beds.

I started mapping these trails in 2010 extensively tracking and marking waypoints to follow all the intersections. When I started mapping the Dog Walking Area it got so complex that I left it for a year and went on to mapping other trail systems

When I returned to the project this year I decided to not include the Dog Walking Area, as my maps are mainly intended for mountain bikers and although bikes and dogs can co-exist we usually avoid the Dog Walking area while riding. This made finishing up the project easier.

I hope to add photos of these trails at a later date.

GPS gpx Files

The gpx file for this trail system (and other trail systems) can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

GPX files - Google Docs

If you do download the gpx file please email me at and let me know so that I have an idea of how many people are downloading and using the files.

Posted 2012-10-13

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Richard W. Woodley was born in Sudbury, Ontario in 1950. He earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Laurentian University where he was the News Editor of the student newspaper Lambda and active in student politics. He was active in the New Democratic Party and Waffle in Sudbury and Kanata, as well as Kanata municipal politics. He was a member of the Bridlewood Residents Hydro Line Committee (BRHLC) and creator of the now archived Bridlewood Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) Information Service. He worked on Parliament Hill for 33 years indexing the Debates of the House of Commons (Hansard) and it's committees. Richard has been an outdoorsperson and environmentalist for most of his life and a life long cyclist who recently took up mountain biking. He is active on and a member of the Ottawa Mountain Bike Association (OMBA).

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