3363 St. Joseph Blvd.
Orleans, ON K1C 1T1
Phone: (613) 834-3938
Fax: (613) 837-2375
Owned and managed by the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Greenbelt project was initiated to preserve the rural landscape in Ottawa and protect it from the proliferation of urbanization. Spread across 20,000 hectares (49,421.07 acres), forms a semi-circle in the center of Ottawa, and is surrounded by an urban landscape. Modern development in this space has been restricted, and the place has been reserved as a rural landscape.
The Mer Bleue Conservation Area is a protected area in the Ottawa Valley. Just minutes from the city of Ottawa, Ontario, this site is one the most extensive and well studied bogs in Canada and is quite popular even abroad. The abode of several rare species of plants and birds, the area is a nature lovers paradise. The lovely walking areas and skiing facilities just make your experience that much better.
Lac Beauchamp Park is a large park that surrounds a small lake. Comprising of 172 hectares, this huge wooded park offers snowshoe trails as well as ski areas of about 15 kilometres. This area is also visited by bikers, hikers as well as for swimming. Along with a number of recreational activities, this park also hosts the annual sand sculpture competition.
Situated at the shore of the Ottawa River in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, the Rockcliffe Yacht Club is a private yacht club. Functioning on a non-profit basis, the club separated from the CFB Rockcliffe in 1984. It has access to some very convenient launching ramps into the Ottawa River. Currently, the club has over a hundred odd members.
Located in Gatineau, the Jacques Cartier Park is an ideal park for kids in the area. Located very close to the National Gallery of Canada which is across the river, it was named after the French explorer Jacques Carter. This venue also offers to host a variety of events, music and dance shows, activities and entertainment for children. For more information and details, check out the website or call ahead.
Lac Leamy makes for a great getaway for residents of the city of Ottawa, providing them with a number of recreational and relaxation activities. The beachfront of the lake has been transformed into a park, with several picnic tables available on-site, in addition to playgrounds for kids, swimming in the lake, boating and a lot more. The area around the lake is also a significant archaeological site, making it ideal for history buffs.
The Meadows Golf & Country Club is a golfer's paradise that features a thirty-six hole golf area utilized for championships along with a large space for events. Call ahead for more details.
Rope up and reach for the top at this relaxed climbing gym on Victoria Island; you will find a lot of young professionals working out their frustrations while pushing their bodies to reach impressive heights. Sign up for lessons that will teach you the safety systems, rent shoes and a harness, and you'll be set to do some climbing up any one of the many climbing routes. The staff are friendly and safety conscious.
The Plant Bath was constructed in 1924 along with the Champagne Bath to provide a bath to those of the working class who did not have private baths at their homes. With decline in usage, the bath was completely renovated and rebuilt and was opened as a recreation center in 2004. Today, the center offers a number of facilities such as a swimming pool and swimming lessons, a gymnasium, aerobic classes, skating and much more.
This large pavilion at the edge of the Canal Rideau's picturesque Dows Lake offers relaxation and recreation. Two restaurants with large patios offer casual food, drinks and a wonderful view, while a full-service marina offers fuel, pump out and slip rentals. In winter, the lake becomes part of the Canal Rideau skating rink and the pavilion rents a variety of winter sports equipment, including skates, sleighs and cross-country skis. During the summer, the marina rents canoes, paddleboats and inline skates.
The Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa, Ontario, is famous for its vast picnic areas and barbecue pits, ideal for a family outing or a fun day with friends. Once your appetite is filled, indulge in some activity by going on a walk along the wooded area or the grassy meadows and soak in the therapeutic sights and sounds of the Rideau River flowing nearby. Others can enjoy a fun filled game at the park playgrounds and baseball fields. The park is like countryside right in the middle of the city!
Situated close to Mooney's Bay, the Mooney's Bay Park is a green respite from the chaotic and noisy city life. This public park is an ideal place to take along your family on a picnic; and everyone will surely have a great time here. With beach access, activities like swimming and boating are a common thing here especially around summertime. It is also popular for other activities like biking, nature walks and skiing. During the month of June, Mooney's Bay Park hosts the Nortel Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival. For additional details, call ahead.