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Parks & nature in Ottawa

Park
“A beautiful park to enjoy hiking/walking/ biking/ cross country skiing trails and beautiful scenery. Open. year round for outdoor adventures. ”
127 locals recommend
Park
“GREAT entertainment - Home of our RED BLACKS and our Ottawa 67's Great restaurants and movie theaters”
50 locals recommend
Park
“The Gatineau Park is a national park. It offers lakes for swimming, trails for walking, hiking, skiing, mountain biking. The Parkways within the park are turned over to cyclists on Sundays, just don't tell them it isn't theirs the rest of the time. Serious triathletes train here (swimming in Meech Lake), as do leasure cyclists wanting a hilly challenge. Runners train with a whistle to ward off the occasionnal bear and cub or insistant Canada geese. The old Carbide Mill ruinsat Meech Lake are as close as you can get to a nude beach in Ottawa...”
44 locals recommend
Park
“Great spot for amazing views of Parliament, the Canal and the Ottawa River. Many festivals take place in this park and it's a hop skip away from the market. ”
39 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful park that runs the length of the Ottawa River, perfect for lounging, strolling, biking and picnicking! ”
20 locals recommend
Park
“The most beautiful parc around. You need private transportation. There are plenty of trails you could enjoy, the closest one starts in the little quint village of Old Chelsea, 30 minutes drive maximum from here.”
28 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Champlain Lookout, at the top of Eardley Escarpment on the Champlain Parkway, offers the best-known and most popular view in Gatineau Park.”
16 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Dominion Arboretum is located at the Central Experimental Farm of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Originally begun in 1889 the Arboretum covers about 26 hectares of rolling land between Prince of Wales Drive, Dow's Lake and the Rideau Canal.”
23 locals recommend
Beach
“Nice Sunsets, great parks for families and picnics. Easy access by bike trail. Excellent burgers at outdoor restaurant.”
19 locals recommend
Park
“Located on the west side of the Donald Street foot bridge, this beautiful park is perfect for picnics, strolling, bird watching, and more. During the summer, there is occasional live theatre and live music in the park. ”
16 locals recommend
Park
“Really lovely location for a walk. It's a pretty quick drive and the falls are beautiful. Nice city park in Ottawa. There is a walking trail that leads over to Mooney's Bay.”
20 locals recommend
Park
“This is where many activities happen including Winterlude, Jazzfest and Lights Across Canada. When no events are being held here, there are benches and grass to relax. Also a water fountain and historical statues.”
10 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“This magnificent collection of trees and shrubs covers about 35 hectares (86 acres) of rolling land. More than 2,000 varieties have been adapted to the region, some dating back to the first plantings in 1889. The northeast corner of the Arboretum has its own microclimate. Here, you will see magnolias, rhododendrons, a wisteria and others. The lookout on the south-east side offers a panoramic view of the historic Rideau Canal and Carleton University, while the north-east overlooks Dow’s Lake and the surrounding city.”
16 locals recommend
Lake
“Mooney's Bay Park is a public park in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on the Rideau River. Its main entrance is on Riverside Drive, opposite Ridgewood Avenue, but can also be accessed from Hog's Back Road. Mooney's Bay Park has a beach, picnic areas, a children's playground and is the site of the Terry Fox Stadium.”
10 locals recommend
Park
“Nice board walk around the bog. About a 40 min easy walk on a gorgeous day. Open year round but best in the fall. ”
13 locals recommend
Park
“Arguably the best view in Ottawa. Sit at the feet of the Samuel De Champlain and enjoy a near 360 panaroma. You must take a trail on the west side of the National Art Gallery. No really known to most tourist. ”
21 locals recommend