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. Do as many audits as you like on different days between January 1 and March 31.

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


In 2020, several community associations and groups from across the city will participate.

Find the names of the Snow Mole Community Leaders below. Contact the leader in your area for dates, times and locations of  Snow Mole walk audits in your community.

We hope you will take out family and friends on February 2, 2020 for the Ground Hog Day Snow Mole Audit one day blitz.

Use online questionnaire


Download paper questionnaire

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

If you have taken photos, please submit them to

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

Snow Mole Community Leaders

Old Ottawa South 

Anna Cuylits

Old Ottawa East

Dianne Breton


Alton Legault


Miriam Levitt


John Woodhouse


Les Whitney


Cheryl Parrott


Margaret Dunn

Alta Vista

Bonnie Schroeder

Nicole Vanderveen

New Edinburgh

Anne Moore

Fisher Heights 

Jayne Belanger

Kanata North 

Julie Gourley

Kanata South 

Annette Keough


Sally Scott


Rose Hunt

Hunt Club 

Rosemary Campbell

Gerry Green