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Originally named Colonel's Hill in honor of Colonel John By, the architect of the Canal Rideau, this park was renamed after By was replaced by a Major. The park offers a panoramic view of several major attractions, including Parliament Hill, the Ottawa River, the Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery and Notre-Dame Basilica. It's also the location of Colonel By's original home, or at least its foundation, as well as a statue of the city's founding father. The park is located along MacKenzie Avenue, directly behind the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Visitors can enjoy picnicking at the park's well maintained picnic areas. Taking a walk amidst the lush greenery is not a bad idea either! Escape the hustle bustle of the city and enjoy some tranquil moments at this beautiful park.
The Strathcona Park in Sandy Hill, is the site where soldiers trained before being deployed during the Second Boer War. This piece of history is now safely ensconced in the western area of the park in the form of Range Road. Other attractions in the park include a fountain named Lord Strathcona fountain and a play area by artist Stephen Brathwaite. In the summer, one can watch plays by the Odyssey Theatre and in the winter one can hop onto their snowboard and rustle down the hill area of the park.
Located on the grounds of Central Experimental Farm is the Dominion Arboretum. It houses a wide array of shrubs and plants as old as 1889. The arboretum is home to over 1,700 varieties of trees and bushes. It spans over 64.24 acres (26 hectares) and is home to the Ornamental Gardens where there is an annual showcase of plants, flowers and hedges.
Located within the Central Experimental Farm, Ornamental Gardens are every botany enthusiasts haven. There is a humongous collection of rare flowers and the gardens are home to peonies, Isabella Preston lilacs, and the Explorer roses. Every year, a plant exhibit is conducted at the gardens and the finest floral plants are put up on display.
The Vincent Massey Park is famous for its vast picnic areas and barbecue pits, ideal for a family outing or a fun day with friends. Once your appetite is filled, indulge in some activity by going on a walk along the wooded area or the grassy meadows and soak in the therapeutic sights and sounds of the Rideau River flowing nearby. Others can enjoy a fun-filled game at the park playgrounds and baseball fields.
Overlooking the picturesque Hog's Back Falls, the Hog’s Back Park is a scenic park on the banks of the river Rideau. The park is an intriguing mix of history and nature. The Rideau Canal was built in the 19th Century at the site of this park. There are historic artifacts on display and a heritage pavilion where visitors can gain a deeper insight into the history of the park. Escape the jarring city sounds as you take a walk amidst the lush greenery which abounds here. Make sure you pack your picnic basket well before you head to the park. There are ample picnic tables where you can enjoy quality time with your loved ones, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Andrew Haydon Park is situated along the banks of the scenic Ottawa River and is dedicated to the old Reeve of Nepean, Andrew Haydon. Visitors can enjoy numerous beautifully landscaped walking trails that proffer breathtaking views of the river. The picture-perfect park is also home to migratory birds such as shorebirds and the Canada geese. Another attraction at the park is the bandshell, where dance performances, concerts and other local events take place frequently.