Ottawa's stunning natural attractions
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 26 March 2013 10:41
Ottawa is home to some of the most beautiful parks in all of North America, which draw in a wide variety of adventurous and nature-loving visitors throughout the year. Individuals planning a trip to Ottawa should consider using some of their time to travel on foot, cycle or kayak through gorgeous vistas within the capital's boundaries.
Hog's Back Park
The Rideau River is a stunning and vast water way that runs through Ottawa, and one of the biggest dam-building projects in history took place to establish the Rideau Canal. Hog's Back Park is located right on the Rideau River, and overlooks Hog's Back Falls as well as the Rideau Canal. Not only will visitors to this park get a visual history of one of the most important and complex projects in town, but will also get an opportunity to enjoy a tranquil experience.
The park spans over roughly 21 hectares, and is an excellent location to sit down and enjoy a picnic surrounded by trees, waterfalls and other natural vistas. Visitors to Hog's Back Park can walk through the expansive area, while parking is free and concessions are offered at a seasonal stand. Finally, the park has a variety of historical displays, and a recently renovated heritage pavilion.
A downtown oasis
As visitors to Ottawa will have a variety of sights to see in the downtown area, Major's Hill Park offers a welcomed respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. This site overlooks the Rideau Canal as it empties into the Ottawa River. Those interested in visiting Parliament Hill will be mere steps from the gorgeous, quiet park.
This park was created in 1875 and is still home to Header House, which is the last remaining component of the massive greenhouse complex that was destroyed roughly 70 years ago. While not as big as Hog's Back Park, visitors can still enjoy the park that covers more than 5 hectares.
Within moments of visiting a variety of popular locations, such as the ByWard Market district, National Gallery of Canada and Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, visitors can enter Major's Hill Park. Parking can be found in the ByWard Market neighbourhood for parties interested in seeing the park, while there is ample picnic area and public washrooms for convenient and comfortable visits.