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Dows Lake Pavilion

The Glebe / Dow's Lake
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1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-232-1001
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

The pavilion is an excellent viewing spot to sit and relax whilst watching the people on the lake having loads of fun on the kayaks and pedaloes.

Thank Ged M
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great man-made lake if you enjoy being on the water. You can rent canoes and kayaks. The two eatery's did not appeal to us and we were not inspired to go inside and check out the menus.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Akron, Ohio
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456 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Difficult to separate the lake and pavilion front the display of tulips which is near-by on shore in what appears to be a park. I walked to the pavilion one or twice for exercise and to find what was going on there. It is a place where people can eat and talk and admire the water as well ascent a... More 

Thank GiudoLocattelli
Peterborough, Canada
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2015

Great spot to hang out if sitting by the water is your thing... or going for a walk But parking is expensive for what and where it is...if you dont get it validated. just needs to be rethought or redeveloped to make it seem good value if you just show up for dinner or lunch...

Thank Bruce R
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158 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The pavillion is a great place to stop if you've been walking the canal for a while. The restaurants are reasonable and licenced. You can also rent a canoe or kayak if you want to go on Dows Lake or the canal. It is also close to the locks and a nice shady park.

Thank klodio
Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2013

The Pavilion offers a convenient location with a great view of the lake. I met a colleague there for lunch and we had a pleasnat meal. The food was tastey, the service was prompt and curteous and the price was quite reasonable. All in all, an enjoyable experience that would bring me back in the future.

2 Thank Christopher B
Vienna, Austria
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Really a shame that such a great location does not offer anything else than outdated restaurants serving overpriced food/drinks... A good spot to have drinks and enjoy the view, but the entire building would need to be shut down for a while to allow for serious, major renovations.

Thank Jonathan S
Ottawa, Canada
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

The rental equipment is outdated and in poor condition. The staff blames the customers for the problems.

Thank Tony T
Toronto, Canada
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259 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2013

A great place to come for a meal and possibly a walk around part of the lake. The Pavilion even has 3 choices for where to eat.

1 Thank Buchans79
Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2012

We went to Ottawa for the express purposes of going for the tulip festival and finding Geo-caches. Dow Lake is one of the locations were a lot of tulips can be admired. We also found a cache which added to the enjoyment of the day. Of course we needed to be refreshed and we headed for the Dow Lake Pavilion.... More 

1 Thank muttilein

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > The Glebe / Dow's Lake
  • Neighbourhood: The Glebe / Dow's Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 613-232-1001

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