The New York Central Recreational Trail is located between the villages of Embrun and Russell. The trail covers a total of 10 km between 901 Notre Dame Street, Embrun, and 290 Route 200, Russell.

The trail is ideal for walking, running, cycling or rollerblading.

The trail is completely paved and accessible to all.


The full length of the recreational trail will be groomed throughout the winter months for your enjoyment! This work is completed by South Nation Conservation Authority. Grooming will begin no later than 5 days after the end of each snowfall event of at least 10 centimetres or more.

We remind residents that it is prohibited for any motorized vehicles from utilizing the trail which includes four-wheelers, side by side and snowmobiles.


Safety regulations

  1. Stop at all crossings until it is safe to cross.
  2. Keep right and pass on the left when the path is clear.
  3. Use a horn, bell or voice when signaling to pass others.
  4. Stand to the side of the trail if you stop.

Regulations for the respect of the trail and users

  1. Keep the trail clean: use the garbage cans for your waste.
  2. Keep the trail clean: pick up your dog's feces.
  3. Keep animals under control (dog on leash at all times).
  4. No trespassing.

Other regulations

  1. No motor vehicles permitted (snowmobiles, four-wheelers, etc.)
  2. No horses allowed.
  3. No smoking, including electronic cigarettes.


Free parking is available at various locations:

Report a fallen tree or other incident

To report a fallen tree or other incident, please follow one of the following steps:

  • Send an email to the Recreation Operations Manager.
  • Call 613-443-3066 extension 2338.
  • If the tree completely blocks access to the trail on the weekend, call 613-443-3066 extension 8.


The New York Central Recreational Trail is the former railway, which was used from 1898 to 1957. The Township of Russell acquired the trail in 1979 to convert it to a recreational trail.