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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  • September 22, 2017
    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 »
  • September 5, 2017
    Went to the park to see the Mosaic exhibited and it was absolutely amazing and I recommend that if anyone has a chance they shoal go.  more »
  • August 27, 2017
    When taking the trip along the river with the family, it is a great place to go and view the scenery.  more »

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