Fitness Trail


  • July 23, 2020: Please note that the recreational trail will be closed today, Thursday, July 23, 2020, between St-Pierre and St-Guillaume for maintenance work. This closure is necessary to prevent accidents due to the use of heavy machinery to cut and remove dead and/or dangerous trees. We ask your co-operation during this project by not using that section of the trail.
  • June 24, 2020: Please note that the recreational trail will be closed from Thursday, June 25 to Wednesday, July 8 at the roundabout (between the section that connects to Notre Dame Street sidewalk and the entrance of Embrun Ford). This 2-week closure is necessary for the relocation of the recreational trail as part of our Improved Pedestrian Crossing project, which will have flashing beacons to improve pedestrian safety at this intersection. If you are planning a bike ride or a walk, please plan your route accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • May 14, 2020: The recreational trail will be opened to all users as of Saturday, May 16, 2020. Social distancing and gathering restrictions are still in effect.
  • April 9, 2020: Only single line walkers are allowed on the recreational trail. No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards or runners are allowed on the recreational trail.
  • April 1, 2020: The recreation trail remains open. 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.