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Taking a jaunt through the National Capital Greenbelt and beyond
- Canada Travel Tips
- Monday, 01 April 2013 12:43
Ottawa is filled with some of the most beautiful natural attractions that can be found in any Canadian city, including the National Capital Greenbelt and Strathcona Park. Visitors who love picnicking and taking long walks through beautiful, scenic sites will have no shortage of options when visiting Ottawa on a day trip or for a full weekend vacation.
Creeks, swamps and much more
The National Capital Greenbelt encircles the city and is known as one of the most ecologically diverse areas in all of Eastern Ontario. Visitors to Ottawa who love taking in gorgeous scenes and exploring outside vistas that are home to varied flora and fauna should incorporate a day trip through the Greenbelt.
First, travellers can learn more about sustainable agriculture, as farmers sell herbs, fruits and vegetables at stands around the Greenbelt. Officials also offer rental farms for interested individuals, while the area has roughly 5,400 hectares of farmland. Aside from the good food to eat and lessons to be learned about farming in Canada, active individuals have a variety of exciting options to choose from during a trip to the National Capital Greenbelt.
Visitors can go horseback riding, in-line skating, hiking and cycling within the area when the weather permits, while cross-country skiing is also an option when snow is on the ground. Dog walking and picnicking are also permitted in the Greenbelt, and there are areas for tobogganing and snowshoeing.
Finally, boating and camping are popular options among visitors to the Greenbelt. As for the sites to see, the area is home to Stony Swamp, Shirley's Bay and Pine Grove, among a variety of other gorgeous natural vistas. Green's Creek offers a look at the stunning steep-sided ravines to the east of downtown Ottawa, while Mer Bleue is the largest bog and natural area in the Canadian Capital Region.
Visiting a natural gem in Ottawa
Strathcona Park is a gorgeous and large park located within the capital city's limits, and is home to a variety of landmarks such as the Lord Strathcona Fountain, which was sculpted in 1909. The park abuts Range Road, which commemorates the old Dominion Rifle Range that was a crucial training area during the South African War. Visitors can find Strathcona Park on the west bank of the Rideau River in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood.