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Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“ottawa river” (116 reviews)
“bike paths” (20 reviews)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 scenic drives in Ottawa!

Thank Darren O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank gdwilson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When taking the trip along the river with the family, it is a great place to go and view the scenery.

Thank Yves L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We hired a bike in Ottawa and it was by far the best way to get around and see why the city has to offer. the Parkway is picturesque with a lot to see during your ride so remember to get your eyes open.

Thank Callum M
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This 4-lane, divided roadway connects Ottawa's west end to the downtown area. It is very scenic, following the Ottawa River. I wouldn't call it a highway, because it winds along the shore and has a modest speed limit. You will find pleasant stop off points...More

Thank 448andyk
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We went biking along theses well kept paths and it was beautiful. Between the forest and the river it was a very relaxing and enjoyable bike ride.

Thank SierraTP
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Whenever we go to west end Ottawa we try to take the Parkway. This scenic route always offers fresh vistas and is a very relaxing way to traverse the west end of the city. There's always something to see: geese, rapids, bike trails, more geese....More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 22 May 2017

The bike paths along the Sir John A parkway run along the Ottawa River and this is one of the most scienic and safest bike paths. Just watch out for people and dogs who stray in front of the bikes approaching them from the back!!

1  Thank Hunter k
Reviewed 3 May 2017

We chose to drive along this lovely riverside road instead of the freeway and it was so beautiful and relaxing.

Thank Journeywizard
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Coming to Ottawa this is the way to go. Great views along the river. You can also walk along it which is great for a stroll.

Thank Spuddler
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12 March 2015|
Response from Kevin M | Reviewed this property |
It is a nice place to walk in winter yes. But you will not see as much life as you will in the warmer months. Be extra careful not to go on the water in winter though. It is a river with moving water and at least a few... More