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A chance to escape ...but stay close to the city

5 minutes from downtown, free parking, and a great place to take a walk, take pictures, or just sit... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2018
Sj M
Ottawa, Canada
via mobile
Nice spot

Very interesting and popular spot. Wouldn't know its here if I wasn't driving through. Very nice... read more

Reviewed November 29, 2017
Topher E
Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed July 7, 2018

Not sure who takes care of this island but it was covered in garbage and looked uncared for. Went during the end of the heat wave / dry spell and the grass is basically dead as well (not that it can be helped), so overall...More

3  Thank sugarwaffle
Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

5 minutes from downtown, free parking, and a great place to take a walk, take pictures, or just sit and enjoy the view. A greatplace for a picnic in warm weather, or pick up beavertails and a hot coffee and enjoy the views of Parliament...More

Thank Sj M
Reviewed November 29, 2017

Very interesting and popular spot. Wouldn't know its here if I wasn't driving through. Very nice, lots of parking and great spot for photos

Thank Topher E
Reviewed October 20, 2017

What a beautiful small island between Ottawa and Gatineau. It's a nice park area and convenient right off the main bridge. Very nice park.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

I was looking for a spot to walk our dog and came upon this little hidden park. It surrounded by water and lots of wild life lives there. A nice surprise in the middle of the city!

1  Thank Anne D
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

Stopped off to have a picnic lunch while on a bike trek around Ottawa. Very nice park. Lots of picnic tables. Watched people fishing and also some stand up surfing in the rapids. Very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.

2  Thank Kevin B
Reviewed January 1, 2017

I spent the first 35 years of my life in Ottawa and never knew of Bates Island, but on my recent visit to my two sons, they took me to Bates Island...WOW. Very peaceful, very pleasant. We met some ladies feeding the geese, explored this...More

3  Thank Paulshappy
Reviewed March 18, 2016

This Island is on the Champlain Bridge between Ontario & Quebec. Picnic tables with BBQ pits. Listen to the water flowing over the rapids. You can see the Parliament Buildings from here. Nothing commercial, just peaceful.

4  Thank ga0di
Reviewed October 25, 2015

We drove here and the parking is really conveniently on the island. It's really small but don't let that stop you. The views are just gorgeous and the rapids (vary through the year) are great. It's a wonderful spot to stop and catch your breath...More

1  Thank voodoochick
Reviewed August 6, 2015

it is a small island but has a very good view to see the downtown Ottawa. just exit from the bridge, it is so small that can walk around it in 15min.

1  Thank David W
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