Ottawa Parks & Gardens
In the middle of the city, Gatineau Park shines like a gem offering 363 square km of natural landscape. There are endless outdoor possibilities with hundreds of km of trails, wildlife, clear lakes, lookout points and abundant foliage. Visitors can swim, skate, cross country ski, hike and picnic depending on the season at this popular public park.
Experience a recreated fully operational 1860's village, including entertainment and music, at Upper Canada Village. Seasonal events include planting, harvesting, and re-enactments of weddings and even funerals. The Queen Elizabeth Gardens are a floral display that is pleasing to both the nose and the eyes. The park is open from mid-May until early October.
This large farm is not only a research base for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, but it is also a tourist attraction featuring: the Canada Agriculture Museum, which features a working dairy, small animal, cattle and rare breeds barns; the Arboretum, with a vast and massive collection of established trees and shrubs that sprawl across the grounds; Ornamental Gardens, which first opened in the 1880s, and encompasses a variety of smaller themed gardens; and many heritage buildings dating back to the 1880s. The Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens are open to the public daily, free of charge.
New Edinburgh Park
Situated alongside the Rideau River, this idyllic park is not far from downtown, but it offers an abundance of wildlife, such as turtles, muskrats, herons and more. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are tennis courts and baseball diamonds. In the winter, there is an outdoor skaing rink.
Lansdowne Park is home to the Frank Clair Stadium, as well as a number of exhibition halls, a pavilion, an arena, a theatre and more. The park hosts a range of events throughout the year including rock performances, trade and consumer show and sports events.
Leamy Lake Ecological Park and Archaeological Site
This expansive inner-city park is situated where the Gatineau River meets the Ottawa River. Once an important stopping-off point with fur traders and first nations people, part of the park is under excavation for historical artefacts. The park also offers a lake for swimming and windsurfing.
Just east of downtown, the Strathcona Park provides a peaceful place to relax. Sit under the shade of a willow tree or enjoy the fountain. Children will enjoy the great play structure and wading pool.
Jacques Cartier Park
Sprawling on the banks of the Ottawa River, Jacques Cartier Park offers great views of Hull's downtown and the Rideau Falls. A series of trails also connects the park to Leamy Lake and the Gatineau River. A popular outdoor festival location.
Found just east of Rideau Hall, this park meanders for about 3 km along the Ottawa River and is possibly popular with Ottawa's business elite who live in this district. If true, it would not be surprising since it features the lovely NCC Rockeries - a rock and flower garden. The park is also home to the Canoe Club and the RA Sailing Club. Adjacent to the RCMP Training Centre.
Garden of the Provinces
These aptly named gardens commemorate the Confederation of Canada's ten provinces as well as the territories. The gardens feature flags, bronze plaques, a fountain and two historic chuches. Located across from the National Library and National Archives. Open daily, 24 hours.
Major's Hill Park
Situated in the middle of Ottawa, Major's Hill is a popular park for various events, such as the Canadian Tulip Festival and many outdoor concerts. Visitors also enjoy the park for its spectacular views of Sussex Drive, Byward Market, the Parliament Buildings and the National Art Gallery while relaxing or picnicing after a day of shopping.
Confederation Park Ottawa
This popular park, situated across from the New City Hall, plays host to many main events, such as Winterlude, Canada Day and the Jazz Festival.
Located off the Chaudiere Bridge, at the foot of the Chaudiere Falls, Victoria Park is a place of beauty as well as a place of historical significance as a sacred Native meeting place for thousands of years prior to European arrival. In the Ottawa River, there are great views of the Parliament Building from picnic sites. Visitors can also enjoy hiking and rock climbing.