Parks, Paths and Parkways

The extensive green spaces within the urban core are key features of the Capital experience. They include the NCC’s parks, Capital Pathway network and scenic parkways.

Parks

The parks in Ottawa and Gatineau offer stunning views of the Capital skyline and waterways. Some parks feature historical displays, and others have lookouts, picnic tables and other amenities for people to enjoy the outdoors. Several parks are the venues for national events and festivals, such as Canada Day and Winterlude.

Major's Hill Park

Major's Hill Park

Major’s Hill Park is one of the Capital’s main outdoor venues, hosting major events like Canada Day.

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Hog’s Back Park

Hog’s Back Park

Take a stroll through Hog’s Back Park, and enjoy its natural beauty and the spectacular views of Hog’s Back Falls and the Rideau River.

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Jacques-Cartier Park

Jacques-Cartier Park

Jacques-Cartier Park, located on Laurier Street in Gatineau, extends over 22.68 hectares, and offers breathtaking views of the Ottawa River and Rideau Falls.

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Leamy Lake Park

Leamy Lake Park

Opened in 1961, Leamy Lake Park in Gatineau is the largest urban park in Canada’s Capital Region.

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Commissioners Park

Commissioners Park

Commissioners Park in Ottawa is home to the Capital’s most dazzling display of tulips.

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Confederation Park

Confederation Park

Confederation Park in Ottawa is one of the Capital’s main parks for public events.

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Rockcliffe Park and the Rockerie

Rockcliffe Park and the Rockerie

Rockcliffe Park sits on 137 hectares off the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, between Princess and Acacia avenues.

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Rideau Falls Park and Green Island

Rideau Falls Park and Green Island

Rideau Falls Park provides an impressive view of the waterfalls for which the park is named.

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Vincent Massey Park

Vincent Massey Park

Vincent Massey Park offers wooded walking paths, rolling meadows, scenic vistas and open grassy areas for playing sports.

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LeBreton Flats Park

LeBreton Flats Park

LeBreton Flats Park is a major destination for large celebrations and events in Canada’s Capital Region.

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Mud Lake

Mud Lake

Mud Lake is one of the most ecologically important natural habitats in the urban part of Canada’s Capital Region.

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Maplelawn Garden

Maplelawn Garden

Maplelawn Garden, located at 529 Richmond Road in Ottawa’s west end, is one of the Capital Region’s most unique gardens.

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Nepean Point

Nepean Point

Nepean Point is known for its panoramic view of Parliament Hill and the heart of Canada’s Capital Region.

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Parks Map

National Capital Parks

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Multi-use pathways

Pathway

Multi-use pathways

The green spaces of Canada’s Capital Region are connected by more than 600 kilometres of multi-use paths, which people use for recreation and to commute to work. The paths are designed for walking, running, cycling and in-line skating, and they connect to the Trans Canada Trail and the Route verte network. These paths also connect the Capital’s parks, gardens, museums and attractions.

NOKIA Sunday Bikedays

NOKIA Sunday Bikedays

Every Sunday morning during the summer, over 50 kilometres of roads in the heart of Ottawa and nearby Gatineau Park are closed to motor vehicles and open for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and pedestrians.

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Paths Map

Multi-use pathways

Experience more than 600 kilometres of multi-use pathways.

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Scenic Parkways

Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway - Source: Shanta Rohse, Flickr

Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway - Source: Shanta Rohse, Flickr

The Capital’s green spaces are also connected by over 90 kilometres of scenic parkways. Some of the key Capital features linked to the parkway system are the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River, Gatineau Park and the Greenbelt. The parkways are more than roads — they are gateways into Canada’s Capital Region, offering beautiful views of the Capital’s landscape and shorelines. Explore the Capital’s urban green spaces — where there are plenty of things to do!

Parkways Map

Scenic Parkways

Ninety kilometres of parkways — featuring shorelines, green spaces and pathways — run through the Capital: 52 kilometres in Ottawa and 38 kilometres in Gatineau Park.

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