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. Find out how to plan Ottawa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • We took this parkway a couple of times while visiting Ottawa. It's very scenic, convenient to get into the city, clean, and offers a great view of the river.  more »
  • I'm going to be repetitive but I can not other words to Ottawa, she is unforgettable and stunning! Felt in a bygone era.
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  • This parkway is the best way to get from the west end to downtown (or vise-versa). It's not as fast as the Queensway (Highway 417) so avoid if time is an issue, but it's certainly one of the most scen...  more »

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For the best access to restaurants and shops, stay in the historic central neighborhood of ByWard Market, where you can choose from a range of comfortable hotels. Options also abound just south of the canal in Centretown, where you can enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Ottawa. You can explore the city's diverse heritage by staying in one of its many cultural hubs--Chinatown, Little Italy, and Quartier Vanier offer a distinctive taste of China, Italy, and France respectively.
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