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13 Oct, 2010

Ottawa’s Lime Kiln Trail – yet again

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

Re: pretty places in Ottawa to experience the fall season.

I think word is getting out. When I first wrote about Lime Kiln Trail in Stony Swamp it was almost always totally deserted. This past weekend we could hardly squeeze past the crowds.

Still, it is beautiful. I’m happy to share this lovely little spot.

There are actual ruins here, which is pretty cool. The area was originally comprised of five outbuildings. What remains is a circular kiln pot (where the crushed limestone was fed and burned), part of the limehouse (where finished lime was stored), and the powder magazine. The lime produced here was used for agricultural purposes, and was also used by local industries for mortar and whitewash.

You will definitely want to bring black sunflower seeds and a camera, because the birds here are extra smart and will eat right out of your hand…

Black-capped chickadee

… that is, when they’re not flying away. :)

Goodbye chickadee!

The trail is super easy and the ruins are not far from the parking lot. In short, if you haven’t gone, you must.

 You can check out a small set of photos over on Flickr.

7 Responses to "Ottawa’s Lime Kiln Trail – yet again"

1 | Sasha

October 13th, 2010 at 1:39 pm


Clever birds! We had chickadees in our backyard hand-trained when I lived in in Fitzroy Harbour. I should start working on these city-birds now, so they’re ready when Girl the Elder is old enough to stand still!

2 | Valerie

October 13th, 2010 at 8:20 pm


you got some really nice pictures!

3 | Binki

October 15th, 2010 at 4:04 pm


Andrea wrote….”I think word is getting out. When I first wrote about Lime Kiln Trail in Stony Swamp it was almost always totally deserted. This past weekend we could hardly squeeze past the crowds.”

When Andrea speaks…people LISTEN. You’re Ottawa’s Oprah. ;-)

I need to check this place out. And that other place you wrote about – on the Ottawa River.

4 | Your Sunday stroll: wild things at Mud Lake >> a peek inside the fishbowl

October 16th, 2010 at 9:44 am


[…] few days ago I wrote about Lime Kiln Trail as one of the pretty places in Ottawa to celebrate the fall season. The urban jungle known as Mud […]

5 | Today is a special day, and then some >> a peek inside the fishbowl

April 11th, 2012 at 8:29 am


[…] Part of our weekend included a pretty walk around Lime Kiln Trail (which I previously wrote about here) and I’d like to take a moment to savour the tranquility of that […]

7 | a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Andrea's Tuesdays: Lime Kiln Trail - a peek inside the fishbowl

March 3rd, 2017 at 11:45 am


[…] written about Lime Kiln Trail here before. It’s a short, easy stroll in the Stony Swamp region of the NCC […]

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