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Historic parks in Ottawa and nearby Gatineau
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:01
Ottawa is filled with some of the most beautiful and unique parks in all of Canada, including those that offer glimpses into the long and storied history of the capital city. Visitors to Ottawa should set aside plenty of time to explore all of the various natural and man-made parks that call the city home.
Although the best months to view most of these parks are those during the spring and summer, many of them are open all year long. Regardless of the season, visitors will be treated to exciting opportunities to view all the city has to offer.
Celebrating an explorer
Jacques-Cartier Park is located in nearby Gatineau, and celebrates the accomplishments of one of the earliest explorers to come to Canada. Visitors interested in learning more about the exploration of Canada should stop by the Maison Charron, which offers educational programs from mid-May to Labour Day.
Cyclists will be sure to have a great time when visiting this park, as it is located near Leamy Lake and Gatineau Park, and connected with several trails. Major festivities also take place at Jacques-Cartier Park, such as Canada Day celebrations and a unique winter event called Winterlude, in which the entire area turns into one giant snow-covered playground. Winterlude is a spectacle, and is known to be one of the biggest events of its kind in all of North America.
This park is fully accessible, and offers parking and washrooms. Visitors can find it on Laurier Street in Gatineau's Hull Sector. While not in Ottawa, this park offers one of the most beautiful views of the legendary Rideau Falls and Ottawa River.
Waterfalls and old City Hall
Rideau Falls Park is one of the most unique areas in Ottawa, and is located near Green Island, which was once home to Ottawa City Hall. Lovers of waterfalls will need to check this site out when visiting the nation's capital, which is located on nearly three hectares of land and close to Rideau Hall. The federal government obtained the area decades ago, and turned it into a public landmark.
Rideau Falls Park is also home to the Mackenzie-Papineau Monument, as well as the National Artillery Monument and Commonwealth Air Force Memorial.