Snow Moles


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


Snow Moles are volunteers who report on what it’s like to walk outside on a winter day in Ottawa. The information they gather will be used by the Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) to inform the City and others of ways that winter walkability can and should be improved.

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).

There are two ways you can be a snow mole:

1. On your own

2. With a neighbourhood group

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, library).

Use the Snow Mole questionnaire to audit your walk.

Completed the questionnaire online or send a completed paper copy to the COA (address below).

In 2019, several community associations will participate:

Old Ottawa South Community Association (OOSCA), Seniors Watch: Anna Cuylits,

Fisher Heights Community Association (FHACA): Jayne Belanger,

Orléans: Alton Legault,

Glebe Community Association: Mary Gick,

Your community contact will let you know dates, times, locations and routes.

Use online questionnaire

Download paper questionnaire

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

The Council on Aging of Ottawa, 1247 Kilborn Place, K1H 6K9