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In operation since 2014, Lansdowne Park Skating Court is a refrigerated outdoor skating rink. Not only is the rink free for public use but it also comes with a few conveniences like a heated changing facility. Open everyday during the winters, the rink is the third largest ice skating facility in Ottawa. So if you are in the mood to skate, but the weather isn’t cold enough outside, you know you can always head to Lansdowne Park Skating Court to have a good time. Ice skating classes are also held at the rink, for ages four and upwards. Come summer, and the expansive skating rink is converted into basketball courts.
Situated close to Mooney's Bay, the Mooney's Bay Park is a green respite from the chaotic and noisy city life. This public park is an ideal place to take along your family on a picnic; and everyone will surely have a great time here. With beach access, activities like swimming and boating are a common sight here especially around summertime. It is also popular for other activities like biking, nature walks and skiing. During the month of June, Mooney's Bay Park hosts the Nortel Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival.
A unique recreation park that lies tucked away in the Western part of the city, Britannia Park is a dream come true for locals and tourists who're looking for a one-stop entertainment and leisure spot. Head here for the local folk festival that showcases Canadian and International folk traditions through dance, storytelling and crafts. Saunter over to the the beach where you can take a break and relax or simply enjoy a cultural event or two at the on site community theater. Either way, you're bound to have a gala time at this park.
If you are living in the city of Ottawa, a visit to the beach might sound near to impossible but it absolutely is not! Located on Petrie Island along the Riviere des Outaouais in eastern Ottawa, is a small and pristine white sand beach, that offers an escape to a tropical atmosphere. This naturally formed beach is a great place to visit with family and friends and spend the day relaxing along the shore while you soak up the sun. Bring along a picnic to dig into at one of the picnic benches nestled under the trees here.