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Reviewed 1 October 2018

This is a place that runs parallel with the river and although non visible, most surely is an oasis for the little animals and rodents one finds in the inner city - after all I 'saved' a little rodents not far from this area. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TERRAvelista
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This was a nice roadway to get around the downtown Ottawa area that was free from commercial vehicles.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bobbdn
Reviewed 16 September 2018

As part of the parkway follows the river, the changes of scenery are that much more remarkable. Today, the leaves are starting to change. Later on, it will be a kaleidoscope of amazing colors. In the winter, it can turn into a magical wonderland. In...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Charles G
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Travel along the Ottawa river as you watch the sites, the nature, the cyclists, joggers and pedestrians taking in the fresh air and the nature inside the city. Relx and enjoy.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank hubsaum
Reviewed 22 August 2018

So stunning to see the views from the parkway as you drive over the other side. I did a return trip to see everything.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JRGBonavistaS
Reviewed 4 August 2018

With plenty of places to stop and experience the Ottawa river, you can spend a few hours or all day along this stretch of road way. Bike paths run over 10KM and a few beaches and parks to experience the great summer weather!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MarkA3206
Reviewed 26 July 2018

This is an alternate route to downtown Ottawa from the west (instead of the 417). It is a scenic route that runs along the Ottawa river, and is a relatively relaxing drive compared to the 417. There are multiple spots along the way to stop...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mark20502018
Reviewed 22 July 2018

I have always known this road as the Western Parkway but some politicians got together and decided to change the name. That did not change the view... There is so much history along this old railway right of way that is hidden from the daily...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank pawarner
Reviewed 22 July 2018

I'm lucky enough to live just south of the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway. Named after Canada's first prime minister, the parkway is open to non-commercial traffic only. Sunday mornings from Spring until Fall, the parkway is closed to all except cyclists. The "western parkway,"...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank KenandLia
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Locally known as the River Parkway, this is the go to route to get you downtown in a hurry from the west end. Few stops, easy drive, pleasant surroundings. Ottawa at its best.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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