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Snow Moles 2024

Age-Friendly Winter Walkability and Pedestrian Safety Audits for Seniors and Other Valuable Pedestrians

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SNOW MOLES are volunteers who report on what it is like to walk outside on a winter day.

You are invited to ensure healthy, accessible, and safe winter walking conditions in Ottawa, by becoming a SNOW MOLE and completing a Winter Walkability and Pedestrian Safety Questionnaire. Your answers will be part of a 2023 Winter Walking in Ottawa: Snow Mole Report shared with the City of Ottawa for a better understanding of the safety of winter walking in Ottawa.

You can be a snow mole:

  1. When you go out for an errand or a walk, please use the Snow Mole Questionnaire to note features and conditions that are “safe” (e.g., a bench cleared of snow) as well as “unsafe” (e.g., snow piled up in intersections).
  2. We encourage you to take and submit photos of both safe and unsafe features and conditions. If possible, include street signs in your photo to locate the feature and condition. 
  3. Complete the questionnaire online or drop off/mail it to The Council on Aging of Ottawa (815-217 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7).

For more information, contact us at 
or 613-789-3577 ext. 3

Community Leaders

Alta Vista
Bonnie Schroeder

Civic Hospital
Mary Haller

Fisher Heights
Jayne Belanger

Kanata North (Beaverbrook)
Julie Gourley

Old Ottawa East
Dianne Breton

Overbrook / Vanier
Carole Larose

Mary Nash

Sandra Stec

Crystal Bay
Kathy Riley

Mary Gick

Kanata South (Bridlewood)
Annette Keough

Old Ottawa South
Anna Cuylits

Sandy Hill
Judy Rinfret

Sally Scott

James White

Ardyth Elliott

Cheryl Parrott

Kinburn (West Carleton)
Mary Porritt

Ottawa West
Min Ku

South Keys
Jennifer Brooks


KDS Village
Lisa Hollingshead

Carlington Community Health Centre
Hilary Rose

Tips for Winter Walking

There is nothing like taking a walk to enjoy the beauty of the season – and walking is one of the best ways to keep healthy. On the other hand, winter can be a challenging time of year to get out and about. Here are some tips for safer walking outdoors in winter.

Snow Mole Report 2022

2022 Rapport Taupes des neiges: Peut-on marcher en toute sécurité en hiver à Ottawa?

2022 Snow Mole Report: How Safe is Winter Walking in Ottawa?

The Snow Mole Campaign is an Age-Friendly winter project of the Pedestrian Safety & Walkability (PS&W) Sub-committee of the Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee (OSTC) of the Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA).

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