Travelling on foot in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 29 March 2013 07:16
Canada's capital city is among the best locales to take walking tours in the nation, as Ottawa has no shortage of beautiful, interesting and historic sites. From the Rideau Canal to the Arboretum and beyond, people who love to walk and soak in gorgeous natural and man-made sites should considering taking a tour of Ottawa on foot.
A tranquil respite from the downtown bustle
Visitors to Ottawa should consider stopping by the Arboretum, which is part of the Central Experimental Farm, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the capital. Right along the west side of the Rideau Canal, visitors can experience a free and enlivening stroll through the experimental farm that has ornamental gardens, a tropical greenhouse and the Fletcher Wildlife Garden.
The Canada Agriculture Museum is also located in the Central Experimental Farm, and offers a variety of engaging and interactive activities that illustrate the evolution of farming in Canada, as well as contemporary cultivation methods. The arboretum is one of the five public areas, and spans 35 hectares with more than 2,000 varieties of plants.
The first plantings took place in 1889, while the trees originate in a variety of international regions. The Central Experimental Farm offers walking tours that will take visitors through the Canada Agriculture, the Tropical Greenhouse and the Ornamental Gardens. Most visitors enjoy leaving the Arboretum for last, as this is a nice final stop in the Central Experimental Farm before heading back into the city.
Travelling along the Rideau
The Rideau River takes walking travellers around the capital city, and offers a variety of natural sites, such as Rideau Falls Park and Green Island. The Rideau Falls Park is home to twin waterfalls that land precisely where the Rideau River and Ottawa River converge. The park is just under 3 hectares and is home to the Mackenzie-Papineau Monument, the National Artillery Monument and the Commonwealth Air Force Memorial.