Outdoor activities in Ottawa

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Outdoor Activities in Ottawa

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  • ChrisPat1234
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We brought our bikes to do some outdoor activity and biking along the parkway was beautiful. Nice paved paths along the river.
    Written August 11, 2020
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  • Susanne Buchanan
    Ottawa, Canada18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    They have moved to a new location and we booked the private two hour tour and boy was it worth it. We had such an amazing time and our guide was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Just a note to dress lightly as it is really warm. The variety of animals that they had was terrific. Would go again in a heart beat.
    Written September 13, 2022
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  • Julie M
    Toronto, Canada2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach and playground are great but we travelled here with our dog from Toronto, and stopped on our way to Ottawa as an energy burner for the kids. We were frustrated that we couldn’t even walk the trails around the park with the dog. It was very limiting, especially on a hot day where the dog can’t stay in the car. We’d read the reviews beforehand and there was no mention of the dog restriction, which was disappointing.
    Written July 15, 2019
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  • Shawn
    Norwood, Ontario150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We purchased a take-out lunch on Carling Ave. and took it down to the park to enjoy. What a treasure for a city to have such a huge park along the waterfront! There is a large, spacious beach, picnic pavilions, and a children's playground. One of the city's bike trails also runs through the park. Lots of places to play a game with kids, lay on a blanket to read, or simply stroll and people watch. My one suggestion for improvement would be to have more picnic tables available throughout the park area. The vast majority of the tables are located in one of the pavilions.
    Written September 12, 2021
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  • Lida S
    Ottawa, Canada163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice variety of trails, some good for wheelchair or stroller. Peaceful and pretty even in November with all the leaves fallen. The smell of fall leaves was great. The moss and tree trunks were beautiful. Lots of Canada Geese and ducks in the waters. Glad we went
    Written November 6, 2020
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  • TrvlnTech
    Ottawa33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Petrie Island is a beautiful park and beach in Ottawa's east end. There are washrooms open in the summer, and a grill offering food. Volleyball nets can be rented, and there are lots of picnic tables. Mosquitos can be bad at dusk.
    Written August 20, 2019
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  • pgoldhamer@rogers.com
    Toronto, Canada19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent, helpful and friendly staff went out of their way to make our rental experience easy and enjoyable. Great place to rent bikes for the Rideau canal. Bikes are not expensive and were of good quality.
    Written September 9, 2021
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  • 232DeanM
    Bridgetown, Barbados155 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    After father's day breakfast we paid a visit to this historic sight on a pleasant day, The buildings from "another time" were well preserved and the gardens maintained in pristine condition. The scenery viewed from the buildings, overlooking the river, added to a most meaningful and pleasant visit.
    Written June 24, 2018
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  • John T
    Ottawa, Canada118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Evan after near drought conditions in the Carp / Ottawa area, this little par three Golf Course (Foot Golf for me and my team) is in excellent condition. The Tee offs, fairways and greens are in peak shape.

    Our team had a wonderful time kicking about on the Thurderbird Golf Course
    Written August 18, 2016
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  • Juliette H
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasure walk in the woods.
    Watch out for the gangs of Turkey's.
    Hooded mergansers, widgeons.
    Beautiful wood ducks, squirrels, chickadees, cardinal, they all except food.
    Do not put your hands out for the turkeys.
    Portion of the part is closed.
    We would love to visit again in the spring.
    Written November 19, 2022
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  • alexlecritique
    Ottawa, Canada17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many great fishing spots here which include two docks and a couple of other spots with benches. It is also a nice place for a walk in the morning or evening as there is a nice trail with many things to acknowledge.
    Written August 30, 2019
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  • Indah Edlightz
    Ontario, Canada3,179 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Ottawa River pathway runs all along the river from Hiawatha Park to Rockcliffe park.. Its a very long and scenic pathway which you can enjoy by foot, bike, Rollerblade, or ski in the winter. in the winter its part of the Ski heritage East program. The path is well kept and isolated from the street noise. You can fish from the shore, enjoy the birds and wildlife along the way. There are few parking lots along the path but not may, this one allows you the longest route on the path. Close to Rockcliffe Park area, the path much busier than the far east end where there is a large loop that you can walk around.. The parking lot there is the NCC Greenbelt parking lot P27 or closer one parking lot 7 which is right along the path.
    Written November 25, 2021
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  • liac91
    Montreal, Canada79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not really in google maps. We parked on a side street, the falls are right off the road. Didn’t have to hike to see them. Seemed like there were some pretty steep areas that people have hiked around. Worth the quick stop!
    Written August 27, 2018
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  • philholling
    Stittsville, Canada7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly patrons and staff. Good (and forgiving) 18 hole course. An older clientele in a quiet suburb just beyond Stittsville.
    Written July 10, 2019
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  • Precious B
    Canada72 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a somewhat smaller beach & park located on NCC property at Kitchissippi Lookout on the Ottawa River.
    There are washrooms, a canteen & patio with tables and free parking.
    There is an enclosed area for children to enjoy the water.
    Written June 1, 2016
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