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Chapman Mills Conservation Area

Welcome to Chapman Mills —This wonderful 23-acre parcel of conservation land is located on the west bank of the Rideau River on Prince of Wales Drive between Winding Way and Lodge Road. It consists mainly of natural river shoreline, wetlands and flood plain areas that are unique in the City of Ottawa. It forms a passive recreational area for the Chapman Mills community. Parking is located off Winding Way. Come enjoy the picnic shelter, scenic lookouts along the trail, walkways and boardwalks that lead pedestrians on a 1.5 km stroll through some sensitive and beautiful habitats, and read the interpretive signs telling the environmental story at points along the path.

Download Chapman Mills Trail Map — Click here

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The Chapman Mills Conservation Area is located on the west bank of the Rideau River on Regional Road 73 (former Highway 16) between Winding Way and Lodge Road. The parking lot is off of winding way.

Chapman MIlls
Conservation Area

253 Winding Way, Ottawa, ON
(For parking, turn right onto Winding Way and drive to end)

• Google map to Chapman Mills

Call (613) 692-3571 or
1-800-267-3504 for information on this and other conservation areas.

For more information on our Annual Pass — click here

The land for Chapman Mills Conservation Areas was a gift to the people of the Rideau Valley from the South Nepean Development Corporation, along with additional land ceded from Parks Canada. Minto Development Inc. provided the development funds necessary to carry out the improvements for public use of Chapman Mills Conservation Area.
  • 1.5 km self-guided nature trail
  • boardwalks & pedestrian bridge
  • washrooms
  • interpretive signs
  • picnic area
  • picnic shelter
  • dogs on leash permitted
  • fishing
  Construction Impacts pathway access at Chapman Mills Conservation Area
Please note that access to the full length of the pathway through the Chapman Mills Conservation Area will be restricted to the northern end of the park only (no through access to Lodge Rd). This is a result of the multi-year construction project by the City of Ottawa and its partners on the Strandherd Armstrong Bridge crossing of the Rideau River. Parking is recommended only at the Winding Way access point. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this important infrastructure construction project. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there are any questions or concerns.

Fish Habitat Creation Projects at Chapman Mills
Chapman Mills Conservation Area is the site of two “fish habitat compensation projects” to improve the quantity and quality of fish habitat along the Rideau River shoreline within the City of Ottawa. Click here to read more...

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