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Ottawa's Top Three Parks

posted on September 04, 2012

When you think of our capital, its parks are probably not the first thing that come to mind. However, Ottawa is a vibrant, bustling city of roughly 870,000 people, and its parks are among the most beautiful in the country. Ottawa's parks are easily accessible on foot or by bicycle, and many are connected by walking trails. If you are looking to spend some more time outdoors this fall, here are three of Ottawa's parks that you'll want to be sure not to miss:


Major's Hill Park is ranked #8 on a list of 18 Ottawa attractions, according to Situated behind Chateau Laurier and across from the American Embassy, it's a near-perfect park for photography enthusiasts and for those just looking to take a stroll, and it is accessible by car or by bus. As one of the oldest parks in Ottawa, Major's Hill has a bit of history: the remains of Colonel By's house still rest in the park, allowing for an outstanding photographic experience or simply a quiet moment of reflection.


Located beside the War Museum, LeBreton Flats Park is a popular site for many of Ottawa's festivals. It is connected to Ottawa and Gatineau through an extensive network of bike trails, and those wanting to access the park via one of those trails need only hop on the Ottawa River Parkway and pedal to Booth Street, where the park is located. At 3.5 hectares, it's also a huge expanse of land, allowing visitors to hike and wander at their leisure.


Rideau Falls Park and Green Island is where the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers meet, creating spectacular twin waterfalls. The park is a Confederation Boulevard landmark and houses several memorials and monuments including the Mackenzie-Papineau Monument, the Commonwealth Air Force Memorial and the National Artillery Monument. At 2.89 hectares, this is also a fair-sized park which allows visitors to get a feel for Ottawa's rich history as well as its stunning beauty.


Anyone wanting to explore Ottawa need only head out their front door; a vast array of natural beauties are waiting to be explored. While the population of the region is considerable, it also pales in comparison to the wonders that await in the Capital Region's many parks.

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