Morris Island in Ottawa

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Once an  Historic Transportation Route Now a “Staycation” destination

Get relief from the boredom of inner-city grind and refresh your mind with exciting new sights: ancient majestic trees, a variety of bird species and shoreline landscapes that remind you of a Group of Seven painting. Take an afternoon off to eat lunch and unwind under a tree. Or hop in a canoe and paddle down the Ottawa River, a historically significant trade and transportation route of early Canadian settlers.

Open to the public year round in the rural City of Ottawa, enjoy the best of Ontario’s weather throughout the seasons. Plan your next trip now: download your Morris Island Trail Map.

Morris Island Conservation Area is located along the Ottawa River near the community of Fitzroy Harbour. This 47 hectare site consists of forested woodlands and wetlands that will appeal to nature enthusiasts of all ages. Morris Island Conservation Area is a “living classroom and laboratory,” and a great place for outdoor education. It’s managed by MVCA along with volunteers for day-use recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, canoeing, fishing and natural interpretation. Morris Island Conservation Area is jointly owned by Ontario Power Generation and the City of Ottawa.



Visitor Details

If you have any questions about Morris Island, call MVCA at (613) 253.0006.

  • $3/per vehicle.
  • Total Length of Trails: 6km
  • Buy a conservation area seasonal pass here.
  • Wheelchair accessible facilities include nature trails, fishing platforms, washrooms and picnic areas.
  • See the complete list of amenities to plan your next visit.


This beautiful island encourages you to enjoy the best of Ontario’s weather throughout the seasons: Hike, canoe, kayak, dog walk, jog, fish, snowshoe, cross country ski and much more. Morris Island Trail Map.


Hours of Operation

Open to the public year round.

Directions to Morris Island Conservation Area

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