Major's Hill Park, view of Parliament, Cycling

Picnicking in the Ottawa area

Picnics are a fun and easy way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, and there are new options to try in the Ottawa area! From nibbling on a pre-made picnic lunch in a country setting or at a national museum, to enjoying take-out from your favourite local restaurant in one of Ottawa’s urban parks, try one of these picnicking outings in Canada’s capital!

Museum grounds

Two of Ottawa’s seven national museums are offering picnicking options on their spacious grounds along the Ottawa River this summer. You can pre-order a delicious picnic lunch at either museum, or bring your own meals and snacks. Enjoy stunning views of the river and Parliament Hill from the grounds of the Canadian Museum of History located in Gatineau, Quebec, or set up on the waterside terrace and green spaces that surround the Canadian War Museum on the Ottawa side of the river.

Urban sites 

Canada’s capital is full of relaxing green spaces within the city that offer the perfect setting for an urban picnic, such as urban parks with beautiful views and covered picnic areas at sandy beaches. Some local favourites include Major’s Hill Park, the Dominion Arboretum and Remic Rapids. On a nice sunny day, you could order food from your favourite local restaurant (some are even offering takeout brunch!) and enjoy your meal in the fresh air while respecting physical distancing guidelines provided by Ottawa Public Health.  

No matter which picnic experience you choose, you’ll surely enjoy time outdoors with family and friends. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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