Taking a break from the summer heat
- Canada Travel Tips
- Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:41
When the sun is out and the weather gets warm, visitors to Ottawa might need a quick respite from the downtown area in the form of a swimming area or grassy knoll. Luckily, there is a wide variety of natural attractions throughout the city, as well as along its outskirts, that offer just that to families who want to go for a swim, picnic or simply take a hike.
Leamy Lake Park
Located in nearby Gatineau, Leamy Lake Park is a public beach that is open from mid-June to Labour Day, and allows swimming between 10:30 in the morning and 6:30 in the evening when life guards are on duty. The lake is pristine, and well-kept by the parks department which tests for bacteria every two weeks.
Washrooms and parking are available in and around the park, while visitors who are less interested in swimming and more inclined to take advantage of other outdoor activities will have no shortage of options in this area. This park offers archeological sites that reveal the history of the area that has been occupied by a variety of cultures throughout the past several millennia.
Bird watchers and volleyball enthusiasts will be satiated by the offerings of the park, while parents travelling with little children will also be treated to a play area. The park opened in 1961 and sits on 174 hectares of beautiful land right on Leamy Lake, as well as the Gatineau and Ottawa rivers.
This park is accessible via bicycle and walking as well as by car.
Rockcliffe Park is located in Ottawa and was once the property of Rideau Hall builder Thomas MacKay, a master stonemason who helped build the Rideau Canal. This park spans 137 hectares, while the rockeries are 2.65 hectares. Visitors can find this unique and magnificent locale on the Rockcliffe Parkway between Princess and Acacia avenues.
Picnic areas, parking and washrooms are all available at this park, which also offers a beautiful view of the Ottawa River. Officials believe May is the best month to visit the park, although it is truly wondrous throughout the year, and is often used as a location for outdoor weddings.
Recreational paths and tour buses help bring visitors to this park, while daffodil bulbs number in the hundreds of thousands. Visitors to Ottawa should take a few days to explore the beautiful natural attractions of the nation's capital city.