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, rarely spotted birds 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, you’ll also have opportunities to enjoy the best of Ontario’s weather throughout the seasons: hike through spring’s blossoms, kayak the island’s nooks and crannies in summer,  dog walk the boardwalks through autumn’s rain, and snowshoe on crisp winter mornings along winding trails. Plan your next trip now: download your Morris Island Trail Map.

The 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. 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 open to the public year round and is jointly owned by Ontario Power Generation and the City of Ottawa.



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.

May 2 – Oct 31 Healthy Hikes Challenge. Register Here.

Hours of Operation

Open to the public year round.

Visitor Details

Call MVCA staff at (613) 253.0006 to ask questions about Morris Island.

  • Wheelchair accessible facilities include nature trails, fishing platforms, washrooms and picnic areas.
  •  Free parking
  • Admission by donation

See the complete list of amenities to plan your next visit and get an idea of which spots you won’t want to miss.

Directions to Morris Island Conservation Area

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