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Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, Ottawa

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Following the bank of the Ottawa River, Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway boasts four lanes, scenic lookouts, small parking lots, picnic areas, and a beach. Whether you explore by car or ride a bike, you'll get clear views of the river and distant shoreline since the area is mostly cleared of trees. A recreational bike path stretches all the way along the parkway (bicycles are also allowed on the road). Westboro Beach offers a chance to rest in a pavilion with a restaurant patio overlooking the river. The parkway closes periodically for motorized vehicles. A visit to Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ottawa trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • 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 visiti...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 ge...  more »