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  • Kat
    Gourock, UK581 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited on a rainy Saturday in October on the free bus hop on /off shuttle from Ottawa -"Fall Rhapsody Tour ," and would highly recommend this trip.
    We caught the bus(one of the yellow school buses) from outside the History Museum and on arrival at the park we were able to get off at any of the stops and wander around to take photos and then catch the next shuttle .We never had any more than about 10 mins to wait . Volunteers /staff were on hand at each stop to provide information and the notice broads were also very informative.
    The bus drivers were all very friendly and helpful .
    Despite the rain and the mist we managed to have a great morning and captured some stunning photos .
    Highly recommend this tour .
    Written October 29, 2023
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  • retireeVancouver
    Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bus #15 ($3 senior rate, coins needed, no change given) has a stop right at the entrance which was so convenient to use. Coat check is free with personnel in attendance. Cafe has several stations like grilled food ($12 for perioges), soup stations ($7-8 for a cup), cold sandwiches and salads location ($10), drinks and sweets. Tickets were readily available at the door in early May so no need to buy ahead of time, online.

    The museum has 3 different levels each presenting an important aspect of Canadian history, chronologically. The main floor - entrance level - has an area for special presentations. Its title in early May, " Early Royals in Europe" was misleading for me as the display wasn't about Western royalty but about highly esteemed people from Eastern Europe (Romania and Bulgaria) and Grecian areas whose jewellery (very good workmanship of gold), weapons, and pottery had been found in their graves. The main floor also offers films in a theater which we didn't leave time for and a display area of interest to children.

    The displays at ground level focus on BC's Pacific Coast natives (old totem poles, fronts of housing, many many carved and painted old masks, modern carvings and jewellery including some by Bill Ried). Level 2 displays focus on Early and Colonial Canada. Level 3 displays focus on Modern Canada. There is plenty of staff circulating the levels should one want information on the location of a display on a certain issue in Canadian history. It would be difficult to devote just 1 hour per level - at least for me. We spent all day at this modern, informative museum - one of THE attractions to visit in Ottawa.

    All displays were interestingly presented and briefly explained with numerous bilingual nformation boards and the expected labelling. The lower Level with its focus on BC's Pacific Coast natives occupied our interest for the longest time with its magnificent display of tall old totem poles erected in front of this native housing which were built by the various native tribes represented in the display. However, the display doesn't show how the natives used the interior space of their housing. This space is given to shelving with displays of native skills in carving masks of various sizes - from small to spectacular. In front of the housing entrances, besides the totem poles, was a display of a potlatch platform, a rack for drying fish (the small oolichan fish), and a rock pool. The employee at this display was a good source of information about these exterior displays, especially about the one native house that had a most unusual exterior. Level 1 also had a room set aside to show a collection of Canadian stamps from Victorian to present times which was easy to just stroll through.

    Levels 2 and 3 showcased political issues in Canadian history. Probably I found Level 2 the most interesting and time consuming with its focus on Early and Colonial Canada. The issues for Modern Canada included topics like the FLQ crisis (see P. Trudeau giving his famous "watch me speech), Canada's Constituion and Meech Lake Accord, design of the Canadian Flag, Residential Schools and their long lasting effects on the pupils (videos of interviews of now elderly native women) with some social/cultural displays as well (Justin Blieber gets a mention, for example).

    We thought our time well spent at this museum.
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • Natalie D
    Toronto4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great interactive place for kids to have fun and learn. Lots to explore and great way to spend 2-3hrs. You also have access to thw other museum attached so plan more time if you want to do both.
    Written July 21, 2023
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  • JacquieB68
    New Rochelle, New York327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I took a pre-arranged shuttle that picked us up at the main entrance of the Quebec train station and took us to Jacques Cartier National Park. The trip was about 45 minutes and the ride was pleasant. Once at the park we were able to purchase sandwiches and snacks at the gift shop before embarking on our journey. We did a 6+ mile hike that started near the visitor’s center, though I can’t remember the trail name. The hike was strenuous but was equal parts incline, flat and decline which made it palatable. We are not particularly athletic and were able to do the hike, including a couple of stops for water (which we brought with us) and lunch at the scenic mid-way point, with only a half hour more time of what we were informed the trail should take. I believe we were told 3.5 hours and it took us approximately 4 hours with stops. Lovely day and we lucked out with temperate conditions.
    Written August 29, 2023
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  • Scott P
    Ottawa, Canada175 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a Sunday afternoon, I was at the Mackenzie King Estate with friends for an afternoon tea. as well as to explore the estate where Canada's longest-serving Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King had his summer residence and retreat. There were these old ruins of Medieval archways and columns that were salvaged from the 1916 fire that consumed the Parliament Building in Ottawa as well as fragments that King collected from the British Houses of Parliament. While my friends and I were eating outside of the Pat Cafe, music from the Swing Era of the 1940s was playing in the background that was as a trip back in time making it a jolly day.
    Written August 24, 2020
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  • Carol W
    Ottawa, Canada700 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small beach but easy to get to and relaxing good for swimming and family picnics well worth a visit…..take your bathing suit
    Written July 19, 2022
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  • Rolipop
    Saint-Hubert, Canada153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little beach on a lake.
    Playground just next to it.
    Very peaceful getaway in the center of the Gatineau/Ottawa area.
    Parking not too expensive.
    Bring your lunch, your towel and enjoy!
    Written August 7, 2021
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  • 925antoinettea
    Maniwaki, Canada28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sitting by the water, taking in the serenity of the park. Not in a hurry to go back home. These are the emotions I relieve each time I go to this park
    Written December 28, 2017
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  • gmarcus
    Toronto208 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beautiful park. Loved walking through the green spaces. Children’s playground looked like it had lots of fun equipment. Watching the magnificent sunsets from the park and pier is spectacular. City of Gatineau runs many free activities. The fireworks display was excellent and we watched it from a boat in the water. The bicycle path is lovely and we road on both sides of the Ottawa River crossing 2 bridges for a 3 hour round trip passing rapids and parliament.
    The only disappointment was that swimming at the large sandy beach was not possible the whole week we were visiting due to unsafe levels of bacteria in the water. Some people ignored the warnings and were swimming outside of the marked area. It is good that the water is tested on a regular basis, but be aware that closures can happen. All the other beaches in the vicinity were open.
    Written August 16, 2020
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  • LegoDad77
    Alert, Canada1,493 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located next to the parking lot folks park at before going on the boat ride or to the Children's Museum. It's a must visit if you are a fan of Hockey, and one of its greatest players.
    Written August 16, 2021
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  • Charles G
    Ottawa, Canada941 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Completed two years ago, the cycling trail along the river is superb, in great condition, lots of flowers, lots of people, and eventually, a lot more action as the area further develops to attract boaters, cyclists and other tourists.
    Written August 6, 2018
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  • Marc D
    Gatineau, Canada367 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Has not been a museum for many years now. It's now a great restaurant with bar and terrace - Les Brasseurs du temps.
    Written July 15, 2013
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