Dominion Arboretum, Ottawa

Train hard among the trees

Urban

A little tougher

Half day

Step off the treadmill and head over to Ottawa’s Dominion Arboretum for an easy 3km run loop or some more intense interval training outdoors. One thing that’s great about this place? The lake views and tree-peppered pathways can help distract you from how hard you’re actually working.

Dominion Arboretum, Ottawa

Dominion Arboretum, Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Driving time from Ottawa

Just 10 minutes

Open

Sunup to sundown

Kinds of plants in the park

About 10,000

Plan your workout

Take it to the next level at the Arboretum

Beginner: Easy 3km run

The Arboretum is a beautiful place for casual runners. Lace up and head over to the north end of the park to start on the path from Prince of Wales Drive. From here you can follow this 3km route that mixes sweet waterfront views of Dows Lake with some more heavily forested bits and a jaunt past the wildlife garden.

Intermediate: Distance intervals

Distance intervals are great if you’ve built up a bit of a running foundation and want to get in a quick sweat session. For this workout, you’ll pick a distance (500m works well) and run it as fast as you can. Once you’ve reached your destination, give yourself a resting period (such as one minute) before you start all over again. From the Arboretum, head over to the Rideau Canal Western Pathway by Dows Lake Peninsula and run until you get to the bridge. For a solid workout, you can try four to seven rounds of this and use the walk back to your starting point as a cool down.

More options: Time intervals

For time intervals, a running watch or an app that lets you set up intervals comes in handy. Pick anywhere you want as a starting point and cover as much distance as you can in a given time. Try 30 seconds on a straight stretch by the water to help you keep cool and on track. Once you’ve run for 30 seconds, give yourself a short break and retrace your steps, attempting to cover the same distance in the same time.

Advanced: Tabata intervals

Are you a fit, experienced runner that wants to try something new? Tabata intervals involve running as fast as you can for 20 seconds and resting for 10 seconds. To complete one Tabata round, you then repeat this cycle eight times. If you’re new to this, start easier with one or two rounds of Tabata along any path. Make sure you’re properly warmed up and stretched out before you start, and give yourself a proper cool down once you’re done.

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