Wild Parsnip in Kanata North

My team and I have received numerous reports of wild parsnip growing in Kanata North. Wild parsnip is an invasive species, and if it is exposed to your skin, it can cause serious irritation, blistering, and discomfort. It’s important to know how to spot wild parsnip and how to report it. It’s also important to know where it’s growing in Kanata North so it can be avoided until it’s eradicated. 

The Wild Parsnip Program is well underway, and we anticipate it will be completed within the next 3 weeks, weather dependent. 

  • Roadside herbicide application: The roadside herbicide application throughout Ottawa was completed the week of May 24 and is now complete. 
  • Parkland herbicide application: The parkland herbicide application began on Monday May 31.  Below you will find the list of Kanata North parkland areas identified for targeted herbicide application for 2021. The contractor will spray these locations over the next few weeks provided the winds remain low and the weather conditions remain favorable. 


Location  Address   Volume of wild parsnip 
Beaver Pond Trail  243 Walden Drive  Heavy 
Bethune Park  279 March Rd  Medium 
Brookside Stormwater Ponds  915 Klondike Rd (corner of March Rd)  Heavy 
Broughton Park  150 Battersea Cr  Medium 
Fentiman Park  7600 Campeau Dr  Light  
Herzberg Center Median  at Terry Fox along golf course  Heavy 
Herzberg Sidewalk  at Terry Fox along golf course  Heavy 
Hines Rd pathway to Terry Fox  N/A  Heavy 
Holly Acres Park  77 Varley Dr  Light 
Insmill Park  47 Insmill Cr  Light 
Kanata Town Centre Gateway  5599 Campeau Dr  Medium 
Kanata Town Centre Stormwater Pond  5599 Campeau Dr  Medium 
Logan Lea/Kimmins Court Park  51 Steacie Dr  Light-Medium 
Recreational path (1700 Richardson Side Rd)  path off Huntmar behind houses Westover and Saddleback  Medium 
Recreational Trail (Hydro Corridor)  1298 Klondike Rd  Heavy 
Recreational Trail and Broughton Park  259 Huntsville Dr  Medium 
Richcraft Recreation Complex  4101 Innovation Dr  Medium 
ROW Kanata Ave  at Huntsville Dr  Medium 
Shirley’s Brook Corridor  1081 Maxwell Bridge Rd  Medium 
Stormwater Management Area-1083 Halton Ter  1083 Halton Ter  Medium 


Identification and how to report  

Wild parsnip is a highly branched plant, with hollow green stems. It has two growth stages: non-flowering leafy rosettes at ground level and 0.5 to 1.5 metre-tall flowering plants. If you spot wild parsnip, please call 3-1-1 to report it.  

Early growth: In the first year of growth, low-growing non-flowering rosettes of leaves form with a cluster of spindly, compound leaves that resemble celery leaves. 

In bloom: When wild parsnip is in bloom (in early June to late July), plants have tall, branched yellow flowering stalks. 

Mature plant: Starting in August, ‎the blooming plant will begin to turn brown, and the leaves and stems will begin to dry up. This means that the toxic sap from the plant will also begin to dry up and contact with the plant is less likely to cause a reaction. Once the plant is completely dry, the seeds will fall to the ground.

Seeds are flat and round. It is a biennial plant, reproducing only by seed. The seeds can lie dormant for years making it even more challenging to control. 

If you have additional questions about wild parsnip, please visit the City of Ottawa website or call 3-1-1.