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Strathcona Park, Ottawa

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Strathcona Park is a large park in Ottawa, Canada. It lies on the west bank of the Rideau River and marks the eastern edge of the Sandy Hill neighbourhood.The area of the park was originally the swampy floodplain of the river, and was impossible to build on. The site first became home of the Dominion Rifle Range, where soldiers had trained before departing for the Second Boer War. This history is preserved in the name of Range Road, which runs along the west of the park. The area was turned into a park by the Ottawa Improvement Commission between 1904 and 1907. It was named after Lord Strathcona, a Canadian businessman and politician who had financed his own regiment in the Boer War.The most prominent feature of the 15acre park is the fountain standing atop the hill that was donated by Lord Strathcona in 1909, sculpted by Mathurin Moreau. The park's original design was a classic example of English public park design. It contained a pair of small ponds, gazebos, and Ottawa's first golf course. In the 1940s, the ponds were filled in due to their expense, and replaced with a wading pool. A baseball diamond was constructed at the southern end of the park in the 1920s and for many years was Ottawa's main venue for the sport.The banks of the Rideau were once a popular swimming area, but today there is enough pollution, or perception thereof, to make this unpopular. During the summer the water level is low enough to ford the river and cross to Riverain Park in Vanier. Just to the south of Strathcona Park is Dutchy's Hole Park and Robinson Field. In winter, the park, with its large hill at the northern end, is a popular site for tobogganing and making snowboard jumps.
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  • Beautiful park by the Ottawa river. Bike path, pool, play structures... there's something for everyone. It's especially convenient with the newly built pedestrian bridge over the river. Our favourite ...  more »
  • We often visit this park in the spring, summer and fall. There is always something interesting going on there whether it is human or natural. It is a long park that follows the river for 1km? and fair...  more »
  • The park is beautiful. The new bridge connecting it to the other side of the river is a beautiful addition. Something for everyone. You can even go down to the water.  more »
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  • Theater by the river. What a wonderful idea. This park has it all for every interest in your family or circle of friends. Baseball diamonds find their way on one side of the park with a wide walkway of parkland filling the rest. A great pathway along the retaining wall separating the Rideau River from the park. There are quite a lot of geese that do appreciate the park a bit more then the humans.
  • Beautiful local park. Some fishing for bass, pike or walleye in the Rideau River. Nice bridge over to the Vanier side, and lots of great bike paths connecting here. Good spot to play catch, kick a ball around or just people watch in the park.
  • A sand hill favorite. Good for laying on the grass and get a tan, for jogging along the river. During summer, there's a play or some music concerts every now and then. During winter, some people ski on the hill.
  • This is such a hidden jem! Its usually not too busy and there is TONS of wildlife. I like to sit and just watch everything thats going on. Especially the super friendly ducks! But dont feed them! They need to leave in the winter and won't if you do!
  • What a beautiful park! Lots of shade, grass & trees along a calm section of the Rideau River with a beautiful footbridge. Great spot to relax.