Fitness Trail


  • NOTICE  - March 31, 2021 - Please note that the recreational is now open between Notre Dame and St-Pierre following tree maintenance. We thank you for your cooperation.
  • The recreational trail remains open during the pandemic. However, we ask residents to respect a distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet) between each user and not to go in large groups.
  • Friendly Reminder: While walking on the trail with your dog, poop and scoop is mandatory. Please respect this rule to keep the trail clean and safe for all users.


Between 1898 and 1957, the New York Central Fitness Trail, was used as the main railway between Ottawa and New York. It was purchased in 1979 by the township and converted into the trail and bike path as we know it today. The trail is 10 km long and links the villages of Embrun and Russell. It is an ideal location for hiking, cycling, jogging, rollerblading or walking.

South Nation Conservation also offers other recreational and fitness ideal location to active residents. They are ideal for hiking, family picnics and cross-country skiing. The South Nation River and Castor River also serve as canoes, fishing and kayaking routes.