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Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“scenic route” (10 reviews)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went biking along theses well kept paths and it was beautiful. Between the forest and the river it was a very relaxing and enjoyable bike ride.

Thank SierraTP
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever we go to west end Ottawa we try to take the Parkway. This scenic route always offers fresh vistas and is a very relaxing way to traverse the west end of the city. There's always something to see: geese, rapids, bike trails, more geese....More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed May 22, 2017

The bike paths along the Sir John A parkway run along the Ottawa River and this is one of the most scienic and safest bike paths. Just watch out for people and dogs who stray in front of the bikes approaching them from the back!!

1  Thank Hunter k
Reviewed May 2, 2017

We chose to drive along this lovely riverside road instead of the freeway and it was so beautiful and relaxing.

Thank Journeywizard
Reviewed April 26, 2017

Coming to Ottawa this is the way to go. Great views along the river. You can also walk along it which is great for a stroll.

Thank Spuddler
Reviewed March 17, 2017

Beautiful views of the river, great for sunset. Can either drive, or take a walk, jog, bike ride, or cross country ski along the trail. Can get pretty backed up at rush hour, but I bring all my visiting friends and family along this route...More

Thank Nicole L
Reviewed February 22, 2017

I have traveled from Westboro beach to behind the War Museum with cross country skis. You can travel in the classic or skating style since there is a groomed trail between the two classic tracks. View is great! Lots of people! dog walkers, use your...More

Thank Pierre L
Reviewed January 12, 2017

I was a commuter to Ottawa for years and have a personal pet peeve about the so-called scenic route signage along the 416 that directs you through a horrible route through newer subdivisions before getting to Hunt Club! Instead, as you get to the 417...More

Thank WhenyagotaOTTAWA
Reviewed January 4, 2017

but watch your speed - it's only 60 km/h. In the summer it's closed on Sunday's for people to use. And the flowers are nice in the spring.

Thank Yvonne H
Reviewed December 7, 2016

From it's humble start on Carling Avenue in the west end, take the whole parkway into Ottawa or Gatineau across the river into Quebec. Only a few years ago or so this was known as the Ottawa River Parkway and many locals will still refer...More

Thank Peter O
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March 12, 2015|
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