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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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  • Park for a picnic. Advise in the warmer months. A lot of plantings. Take the bait.
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  • 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 Par...  more »
  • The Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway is a great way to travel from downtown to the west end of Ottawa. When driving along the Parkway recently, it made us realize how lucky we are in Ottawa to have so ma...  more »