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“Our favorite park nearby for year long activities: Beautiful walking trails, plenty of bicycle trails, downhill skiing Camp Fortune site, cross country ski site for winter, zip-line site for summer fun, beaches, an exhibit on ecosystems, awesome sprint/fall color, all you can play just half an hour away!”
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Park
“GREAT entertainment - Home of our RED BLACKS and our Ottawa 67's Great restaurants and movie theaters”
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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...”
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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. ”
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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.”
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Park
“Lots of open green space, views of the Ottawa River, City festivals and activities, bike paths....”
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Botanical Garden
“It displays a wide range of well-established trees and shrubs with the intention of evaluating their hardiness, including 1,700 different species and varieties.”
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Scenic Lookout
“A destination for hill-bent cyclists or more relaxed drivers, the Champlain Lookout affords a breathtaking view of the Ottawa River Valley and ancient Champlain seabed.”
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Beach
“Nice Sunsets, great parks for families and picnics. Easy access by bike trail. Excellent burgers at outdoor restaurant.”
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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. ”
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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.”
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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.”
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Park
“Conservation Area, protected area, the area provides habitat for a large number of species, including beaver, muskrat, waterfowl, and the rare spotted turtle. A 1.2 km boardwalk allows visitors to explore a section of the bog. There are hiking trails that follow raised areas along the edges of the bog and cross-country skiing trails for use in winter.”
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Park
“You will enjoy the beach 🏖 and the trails! Summer there is also a lot of activities for you to enjoy!”
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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. ”
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Park
“Big park with beach. Close to the Rideau Canoe Club. You can rent volleyball nets or join people's game. It's a vast park with a beach where you can spend a couple hours to relax.”
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