Snow Moles

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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’s like to walk outside on a winter day in Ottawa. Anyone can be a snow mole, but we are particularly looking for seniors and children to participate, as well as people who use mobility devices (e.g. canes, walkers, and wheelchairs).

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 Audit.

Your answers will be part of a 2021 Winter Walking in Ottawa – Snow Mole Report shared with the City of Ottawa for their Winter Maintenance Quality Standards Review.

You can be a snow mole:

Pick a time of day when you need to go out (best after some winter weather has occurred such as a. snowfall or freezing rain), and a destination (e.g. bus stop, grocery store, school, bank, seniors centre, or library).

Use the Snow Mole questionnaire to audit your walk.

Fill out the questionnaire online (preferred) or send a completed paper copy to the COA at 217 – 815 boul. St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, Ontario K1K 3A7

Take and submit photos to When sending pictures, include the date, time, and location the photo was taken!

For more information, contact us at or 613-789-3577 ext. 103

Community Leaders 2021

Alta Vista Bonnie Schroeder
Carp Margaret Dunn
Centrepointe (Nepean) Les Whitney
Centretown Miriam Levitt
Sandra Stec
Crystal Bay Kathy Riley
Cumberland Ardyth Elliott
Fisher Heights Jayne Belanger
Glebe Mary Gick
Hintonburg Cheryl Parrott
Kanata North (Beaverbrook) Julie Gourley
Kanata South (Bridlewood) Annette Keough
Kinburn (West Carleton) Mary Porritt
Lowertown John Woodhouse
New Edinburgh Ann Moore
Old Ottawa East Dianne Breton
Old Ottawa South Anna Cuylits
Orléans Alton Legault
Janet Luloff
Overbrook Carole Larose
South Keys Jennifer Brooks
Westboro Sally Scott

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.

2020 Snow Mole Report