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 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. Send photos to
  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. 303

Community Leaders

Centretown Sandra Stec
City View / Ryan Farms Wendy Davidson
Civic Hospital Mary Haller
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
Old Ottawa East Dianne Breton
Old Ottawa South Anna Cuylits
Ottawa West Min Ku
Overbrook / Vanier Carole Larose
Sandy Hill Judy Rinfret
South Keys Jennifer Brooks
Stittsville Mary Nash
Westboro Sally Scott


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