Algonquin Trail - User information

The Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail is a 296 km multi-use trail partnership between Lanark County, Renfrew County and Papineau-Cameron Township connecting communities from Smiths Falls to Mattawa along the former Canadian Pacific Railway.  The Algonquin Trail, the section so named in Renfrew County, includes 219 km of this recreational trail across 10 municipalities and the City of Pembroke.

The Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail website (the Algonquin Trail is part of the OVRT):

The County of Renfrew, owners of this linking recreational resource, operate, develop and maintain this asset under a management partnership.  For more information and trail updates can be found at the links provided.

The County of Renfrew is the owner of the Algonquin Trail.  Should you have any further questions regarding the trail, please contact Jason Davis at 613-735-7288 or

The Algonquin Trail is open through Petawawa.


The maximum speed limit permitted throughout the Algonquin Trail is 50 km/hour on rural parts of the trail and 20 km/hour on urban parts of the trail.  So the speed limit through Petawawa would be 20 km/hr or as otherwise posted.

Below is a link to the By-law regulating and governing the use of the Algonquin Trail:


The Algonquin Trail is only open to ATV’s and ORV’s from May 15th to November 15th (currently the trail can be used for passive use such as walking and cycling).  There is no permit required at this time to travel on the trail with an ATV or ORV.  Please note, the portion of the trail through the City of Pembroke is not open yet.  Should you wish to travel further than Pembroke, you will then need to leave the Algonquin Trail and access the CN Trail which is managed by the Renfrew County ATV Club and a permit is required for the CN Trail. or


A permit is required for the use of a snowmobile on the Algonquin Trail, November 30th to April 30th, from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.

A permit is required to use the Lanark County portion of the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail.  613-267-4200 or

The Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail website (the Algonquin Trail is part of the OVRT):


The Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (the section through Renfrew County named Algonquin Trail) won the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Economic Development Excellence during the 62nd annual Economic Developers Council of Ontario conference and showcase.  The award was presented during the 2018 President's Dinner and Awards of Excellence Ceremony.  The receipt of Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Partnership Group representing the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail was in addition to winning the Regional and Cross Border Collaboration and Partnership Award.  The full press release on this significant regional recognition is available in the file attached.