The Poets’ Pathway is a walking and biking trail of approximately 35 kilometres through Ottawa. Much of it is on existing walking and cycling paths, the rest through woods, fields, or across city roads. The pathway begins at Britannia Beach and ends in Beechwood Cemetery.
The purpose of the Pathway is two-fold. While we hope to help preserve green space in the nation’s capital, it will commemorate Canada’s poets, particularly Canada’s first famous poets, the Confederation Poets and the poets of the 19th Century francophone tradition. The Confederation Poets are the literary equivalent of the Group of Seven, celebrating the new country of Canada in its own awesome and difficult beauty. They are poets of the land.
We are placing some of their best loved poems about Ottawa along the trail; eight plaques are up as of October 2013.