A world away from the capital of Canada, but right within the Ottawa city limits – there is Mer Bleue Bog. A strange and out of place ecosystem, more common in the Artic than in Ottawa Valley.
Over a dozen trails snake through the conservation area, but the boardwalk, not even a mile long, is easy, well maintained, and perfect for everyone to explore.
No matter the weather! It was a cool drizzle in early September, not another soul to share the trail with.
The bog obtained its French name, blue sea, from the way it looks shrouded in early morning fog. A blue effect over the wetland that could almost fool you into thinking you’re looking out over the ocean. What a curiosity this land is. Spy a beaver dam and look for paths through the grass.
A lone flicker stood gallantly against the rain, I’m sure on a warmer day the birds would be most happy in this city retreat.
Take the trail slow to notice little details – the pinkest berries I’ve ever encountered,
and a lettuce of green at the waters edge.
The Ottawa River used to flow through this area, and interpretive panels explain elements of the bog that was once a riverbed. The wetland is a very important part of stabilizing the climate – a research station details the carbon dioxide and methane released in the area. Stay on the trail and admire the significant environment with respect.