Located in the city’s downtown area, Confederation Park is one of the city’s key venues for a variety of events, including the Winterlude ice sculptures, much of Ottawa’s Canada Day celebrations and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival held every summer. As well as these seasonal activities, the park also has many notable permanent features including the South African War Memorial and the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument. If you’re looking for a great outdoor hang-out spot, the benches surrounding the fountain are perfect for people watching.
Confederation Park, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 239 5000
Across on the north side of the Rideau River is Brewer Park, a popular area for students of nearby Carleton University. The centerpiece of the park is its impressive pool and arena area, which are used seasonally for outdoor swimming as well as hockey games and skating. As part of its community-based outlook, the park has also been altered to include facilities including children’s play areas and a splashpad, alongside its well-loved community garden.
Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 247 4938
Close to the city’s popular ByWard Market and other tourist areas, Major’s Hill Park is an excellent place to take a break from a day of hectic sightseeing. Officially the first park to have been created in Ottawa, this has been a popular outdoor space for residents of the city to enjoy a peaceful moment for almost 200 years. Its convenient central location also offers the bonus of some of the city’s best views, including impressive vistas towards Parliament Hill, the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal Locks.
Major’s Hill Park, Mackenzie Avenue, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 237 5150