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Reviewed 4 days ago

As part of the parkway follows the river, the changes of scenery are that much more remarkable. Today, the leaves are starting to change. Later on, it will be a kaleidoscope of amazing colors. In the winter, it can turn into a magical wonderland. In...More

Thank Charles G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Travel along the Ottawa river as you watch the sites, the nature, the cyclists, joggers and pedestrians taking in the fresh air and the nature inside the city. Relx and enjoy.

Thank hubsaum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So stunning to see the views from the parkway as you drive over the other side. I did a return trip to see everything.

Thank JRGBonavistaS
Reviewed August 4, 2018

With plenty of places to stop and experience the Ottawa river, you can spend a few hours or all day along this stretch of road way. Bike paths run over 10KM and a few beaches and parks to experience the great summer weather!

Thank MarkA3206
Reviewed July 26, 2018

This is an alternate route to downtown Ottawa from the west (instead of the 417). It is a scenic route that runs along the Ottawa river, and is a relatively relaxing drive compared to the 417. There are multiple spots along the way to stop...More

Thank mark20502018
Reviewed July 22, 2018

I have always known this road as the Western Parkway but some politicians got together and decided to change the name. That did not change the view... There is so much history along this old railway right of way that is hidden from the daily...More

Thank pawarner
Reviewed July 22, 2018

I'm lucky enough to live just south of the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway. Named after Canada's first prime minister, the parkway is open to non-commercial traffic only. Sunday mornings from Spring until Fall, the parkway is closed to all except cyclists. The "western parkway,"...More

Thank KenandLia
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Locally known as the River Parkway, this is the go to route to get you downtown in a hurry from the west end. Few stops, easy drive, pleasant surroundings. Ottawa at its best.

Thank Dave C
Reviewed June 14, 2018

This is a great way to drive along the Ottawa River at a leisurely pace. Stop at some of the parking areas and walk along the pathways. Lots of bikers. Remic Rapids has picnic tables, a very nice place to watch the sunset. Lots of...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed June 2, 2018

Scenic drive on four-lane parkway along the Ottawa River runs from Carling Avenue to Booth Street at the Canadian War Museum and National Holocaust Monument. Maintained by the National Capital Commission. Bicycles are allowed on the road and on a parallel recreational path along the...More

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Response from Kevin M | Reviewed this property |
It is a nice place to walk in winter yes. But you will not see as much life as you will in the warmer months. Be extra careful not to go on the water in winter though. It is a river with moving water and at least a few... More
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