Outdoor Ottawa venues perfect for the spring and summer
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:40
Ottawa is among the most beautiful cities in Canada, especially in the spring and summer months when the public gardens and other outdoor areas come to life. While the Canadian Tulip Festival takes place throughout the nation's capital city in May, there is no shortage of permanent vistas open to the public later in the summer as well.
Along the Rideau Canal and in a variety of other areas, visitors planning a trip to Ottawa can take a long walk or cycle through gorgeous venues. One of the more historic gardens in the nation still stands in Ottawa and is open for botany lovers, as well as those looking to take in some sunshine and fresh air, throughout the warmer months.
A historic garden
The Maplelawn Historic Garden is located on Richmond Road in Ottawa, and is open from dawn to dusk during the spring and summer months. This establishment became a national historic site in 1989, as it is one of the only well-preserved, standing walled gardens in the nation, though Ontario used to be filled with this construction several hundred years ago.
Visitors will be able to experience what walled gardens were like in the 19th century, as this site is kept in top shape, especially since 1993 when a volunteer group committed to preserving all of the architecture and plants in the garden. Stunning lilac bushes, sugar maples, crab apple trees and hydrangeas are just a few of the newer plants and shrubs that grace the walled garden.
This establishment is free to the public, though donations of one dollar per person are suggested. On-street parking is available for patrons who are taking a tour bus to the establishment, while cars can also park for two hours alongside the garden. Finally, the garden is wheelchair accessible, and guided tours are available with the volunteers who work the grounds.
Stunning bridge to a gorgeous island
Bate Island is a stunning attraction for visitors to Ottawa, and perfect for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a fun day trip. One of the most loved components of visiting Bate Island is taking a trip across the Champlain Bridge, which is an impressive and historic structure that spans over the mighty Ottawa River.
Visitors can fish at Bate Island, where smallmouth bass are often caught, or just take a nice stroll through the tranquil and beautiful landscape. Interested parties should consider taking this trip during the day.