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Large pavilion on Dows Lake with restaurants and a marina that serves as a year-round recreational center.
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1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5K7, Canada
The Glebe / Dow's Lake
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Reviewed 1 week ago

During the Ottawa Tulip Festival, there is no better place to admire the tulips than the Dow’s Lake area. Because of the lateness of spring this year, a good many tulips aren’t blooming yet, but the scene is quite splendid all the same. A place...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank operalover939
Reviewed January 24, 2019

While visiting Ottawa, we took a fantastic Voyageur Canoe Experience. A group of people loaded into a very large canoe get to experience the canal lock system, and canoe to Dows Lake. After our canoe, we went to the Dows Lake Pavilion for lunch and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank VNKSmith
Reviewed September 24, 2018

This is a must to see and take in during the Ottawa Tulip Festival with it's many bright colorful tulips and vendors within. Located on the Rideau River with great restaurants and boats to rent, etc. It's like being in Holland during the Keukenhoff time.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank George M
Reviewed September 10, 2018

A summer day, on their deck overlooking the lake, appetizers and local beer. Living the dream! Nice service and seating for our party of 10. Walked back to our Glebe B&Bs afterward.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jwagka
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Take a break order a drink or a light lunch as you take in the views of Dow's lake, the flowers and grren lawns all around. Quiet fun.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank hubsaum
Reviewed August 27, 2018

we tend to come down and walk around taking in the scenic view, a great place to eat, there are 2 restaurants I believe, we tend to go to Mexi's. Kayak, conoe and board rentals are available, i would say the only downfall is there...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tammy L
Reviewed August 22, 2018

I walked through this park many times, but I have never been there during Tulip Festival. It was always nice walk there. There are many trees, flower-beds, benches, a lot of squirels and geese. People are walking around with dogs, do exercise or jogging. View...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank PavlaPavla
Reviewed August 18, 2018

This is a favourite spot in Ottawa for me as I enjoy going for walks along Dows Lake and looking at the tulips during the tulip festival each year. The Pavillion itself is home to a few places to eat as well paddle boat rentals.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank StirlingB
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Nature in the city centre. Beautiful area, great for picnics, walk, biking. Consider visiting in May when the tulips are in bloom.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank pixie390
Reviewed August 15, 2018

We brought out own kayak to go on a short tour of the canals / lake area. We were surprised to learn that this launching off point was free for use (near the kayak rental area are some steps you can set off at). The...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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