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Ottawa & Area Beaches

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Ottawa & Area BeachesBritannia Beach - Located on the Ottawa River. Lifeguard on duty from the third week of June through Labour Day. There are changing rooms, public washrooms and a canteen-bistro.

Mooney's Bay - is a jewel, right in the heart of the city. The long, wide sandy beach has volleyball nets and balls available to rent. It is also home to the HOPE Volleyball Beachfest and the Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival.

Westboro Beach - Tucked just off the Ottawa Parkway is one of Ottawa's finest beaches. Hilly grass gives way to fine sand which gives way to meters glassy water. The beach is surrounded by trees and has one of the best views in the city.

Gatineau Park Beaches - Just across the river, in Gatineau park are many lakes and beaches. Some of the favourites are: Meech Lake, Lac Philippe and Lac la Peche.

 

Ottawa & Area Beaches

Britannia Beach - Located on the Ottawa River. Lifeguard on duty from the third week of June through Labour Day. There are changing rooms, public washrooms and a canteen-bistro.

Mooney's Bay - is a jewel, right in the heart of the city. The long, wide sandy beach has volleyball nets and balls available to rent. It is also home to the HOPE Volleyball Beachfest and the Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival.

Westboro Beach - Tucked just off the Ottawa Parkway is one of Ottawa's finest beaches. Hilly grass gives way to fine sand which gives way to meters glassy water. The beach is surrounded by trees and has one of the best views in the city.

BeachesGatineau Park Beaches - Just across the river, in Gatineau park are many lakes and beaches. Some of the favourites are: Meech Lake, Lac Philippe and Lac la Peche.

 

Ottawa & Area Parks

The City of Ottawa contains over 850 parks within its boundaries. Some of the major parks in and around the city are listed below:

Gatineau Park - is a superb nature reserve just 15 minutes from Parliament Hill. Endowed with hundreds of kilometres of trails, forests containing more than fifty species of trees, abundant wildlife and numerous lakes. Summer and winter, visitors can participate in outdoor activities.

Andrew Hayden Park - Known as the “geese park” on the Ottawa River. There are various attractions in this park like the band shell for any outdoor concerts and a picnic area.

Confederation Park - is a main event parks in downtown Ottawa for Winterlude, the Canada Day celebrations and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. During non-event times, Confederation Park is an urban oasis where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy downtown core.

Commissioners Park - In the spring, Commissioners Park is home to the Capital’s most dazzling display of over 300,000 tulips during the Canadian Tulip Festival. In the summer months, the tulips are replaced by thousands of annual flowers.

Hog’s Back Park - overlooks the spectacular Hog’s Back Falls on the Rideau River. Hog’s Back Park is an urban nature park and an ideal location for a quiet afternoon picnic.

Jacques - Cartier Park - one of the Capital’s main event parks. Site of national events and festivities, such as the Canada Day celebrations and Winterlude — when it is transformed into a winter wonderland known as the Snowflake Kingdom. Jacques-Cartier Park offers one of the best views of the Ottawa River and Rideau

Ottawa & Area ParksLeBreton Festival Site - just south of the Canadian War Museum is the largest developed outdoor festival site in the Capital — a place to celebrate Canadians’ talents. It hosts large events and celebrations, such as Bluesfest, with a capacity of 20,000 to 40,000 people.

Major’s Hill Park - has many historical interpretative panels and offers some of the best vantage points in all of Ottawa. . As one of the NCC’s main event parks, Major’s Hill Park is home to festivals such as Winterlude, the Canada Day celebrations and the Canadian Tulip Festival.

Nepean Point - offers a magnificent panoramic view of Parliament Hill. and features the Astrolabe Theatre, which seats approximately 700 people. The Astrolabe has been host to various events and productions throughout the years, including the Carnival of Cultures.

Rideau Falls Park - provides an impressive view of the twin curtains of water that gave the falls its name . Features several commemorations, including the Commonwealth Air Force Memorial and the National Artillery Monument.

Rockcliffe Park and the Rockeries - the Rockcliffe Pavilion and the spectacular lookouts can be accessed from the pathways, the parkway or by tour bus, and has hundreds of thousands of daffodil bulbs. The best time to view this display is in May.

Victoria Island - located at the foot of the Chaudière Falls. Also known as Turtle Island, this location has strong Aboriginal roots, and celebrates this culture all summer with the authentic recreation of an Aboriginal village.

Vincent Massey Park - is as a good starting point to discover the Capital Pathway network. The park has quiet wooded walking paths, rolling meadows, scenic vistas, open grassy areas for playing sports, and picnic tables.

Dog Parks - If you are a dog owner, you will be happy to know that Ottawa has many dog friendly parks. You can search for local off-leash parks here.