The SJAM Trail

ski trail along the ottawa river

Thanks for your support of the SJAM trail. We are gearing up for a great season for Winter 2017-2018!

The SJAM Trail is a groomed, multi-use winter trail along the Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) multi-use pathway (MUP) that will promote active living, provide access to the Ottawa River shoreline, and welcome a diversity of users, whether they are walking, on skis, snowshoes or a snow bike. 

The trail will connect the Canadian War Museum with park lands along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to Westboro Beach, animating spaces that until now have been little used in the winter. Transit stations border the trail at LeBreton Flats, Bayview/O-train and Dominion Stations, with parking at Westboro Beach, Champlain Park and the Canadian War Museum, providing ready access for visitors from around the National Capital Region.

Two tracks will be set, one for snowshoers, walkers and bikers and the other for cross-country skiers, supporting both classic and skate style techniques. The walking track will follow the existing pathway. Serpentine loops will add distance to the ski track at the Selby Plains and Remic Rapids greenspaces and at open lands adjacent to the War Museum and Champlain Bridge, for an expected distance of 16 kilometres. Amenities along the trail include the Westboro Beach tobogganing hill, the John Ceprano rock sculptures and the café at the War Museum.

Dovercourt is excited to add this new recreational opportunity for winter 2018 featuring 16km of groomed trail, along with onsite rentals provided by Silver level sponsor Fresh Air Experience. Programming will include ski lessons, snowshoe lessons, fatbike events, ski days and more.

Trail route & conditions

Follow the trail on Twitter @SJAMTrail or Facebook; get more info and trail conditions on the Winter trail website.

sjam trail map


Dovercourt will be offering Cross country ski programs on the trail.

Information is coming soon in our winter 2018 program guide. 

Equipment Rentals

From Winter 2017 - Equipment rentals are provided for skiis and more through Fresh Air Experience. Rent from their store at 1291 Wellington St or visit their rental station at the Champlain Bridge (Island Park & the parkway) on weekends. Contact Fresh Air Experience at 613-729-3002 for more information. 

Six fat bikes are available to rent on weekends at SJAM (Champlain Bridge parking). Reservations can be made by calling the store by Wednesday before rental weekend). Bikes are first come first serve on the weekend if reservations are not received by Wednesday.

fresh air experience rental sign

Learn more about how you can help including volunteering and donating to the costs of building and maintaining the trail at

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