5 favourite parks near campus

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The Houses of Parliament with the Alexandra Bridge and boats in the foreground.
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Spring is in the air! Like us, we know that all you want to do is be outside and feel the warm sun on your face. Luckily, the University of Ottawa is surrounded by many parks, each offering a unique blend of nature and activities.

Here’s a list of our favourites, all located within walking distance.

1. Where history meets green bliss

Tulips in bloom at Major's Hill Park.
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Major’s Hill Park, Mackenzie Avenue, Ottawa.

A stone’s throw from the National Gallery of Canada, Major’s Hill Park boasts beautiful gardens and inviting benches. Whether you’re unwinding after classes or having a picnic with friends, the park offers breathtaking views of Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River.

2. Downtown’s green haven

A green lawn surrounded by trees at Confederation Park.
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Confederation Park, Elgin Street, Ottawa.

Nestled in the downtown core, this park offers a serene atmosphere and panoramic view of the cityscape. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon read or to enjoy seasonal events like the Ottawa International Jazz Festival or Canada Day celebrations.

3. A riverside getaway

A water fountain at Strathcona Park.
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Strathcona Park, Range Road, Ottawa.

In the Sandy Hill neighbourhood and running along the Rideau River, this park features scenic walking paths and open spaces, making it ideal for outdoor study sessions.

4. Picturesque retreat

A bicycle path in Jacques Cartier park.
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Jacques Cartier Park, Laurier Street, Gatineau.

Situated along the Ottawa River, Jacques Cartier Park is easily reachable by bike or a leisurely stroll. The stunning vistas of the river and the Alexandra Bridge make this park a local gem. 

5. An outdoor adventure

A green hilly field with walking paths at Riverain park.
Photo: City of Ottawa

Riverain Park, North River Road, Ottawa.

Just over the Rideau River Adàwe Crossing, Riverain Park is a beautiful outdoor space with many activities on offer, such as outdoor fitness equipment, a skate park, basketball court, an off-leash dog park, tennis courts and more!