Start your Trail journey at Major’s Hill Park
Start your journey at the heart of Ottawa’s section of The Great Trail – Major Hill’s Park. Located just behind the imposing Fairmont Château Laurier, the park features winding pathways that are accessible all-year round.
Avid flower-aficionados will be in for a treat in May, when the park’s flower beds are filled with bold, blooming tulips. Meanwhile, trail users with an eye for the perfect Instagram snap will love the views of Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the Canadian Museum of History and Gatineau Hills. Indeed, this panorama seems to pave the way towards Ottawa’s best attractions and heritage monuments.
Since you’re already on the Capital Pathway, explore Ottawa’s riverside walk and gaze out at the iconic balanced rock sculptures along the Remic Rapids. These intricate artworks were constructed by artist John Felicè Ceprano, who continues to create new installations all summer long.
Discover Ottawa’s historic waterways
Now that you’ve explored some of Ottawa’s Trail on foot, why not see it by boat? Jump on board the Rideau Canal Cruise and sail through downtown Ottawa and explore this historic waterway. The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and North America’s oldest continuously operating canal.
Feeling hungry? Get a taste of Canada’s versatile and multicultural cuisine at SOCIAL Restaurant & Lounge. Taking inspiration from local producers, this innovative bar serves up delicious and hearty meals (save room for their signature Popcorn Sweetbreads).
Explore Ottawa’s iconic museums
After lunch, discover the numerous cultural activities that surround Ottawa’s trail network. The stunning Canadian Museum of Nature is a must-see, with a massive 19-metre skeleton of a blue whale in the mind-blowing Water Gallery. Art aficionados will be impressed by the collections in the National Gallery of Canada, as well as its award-winning architecture.
After a luxurious supper at the Sussex Drive, Parisian-inspired Métropolitain Brasserie, take a moonlit stroll past Fairmont Chateau Laurier and Parliament Hill before sampling Ottawa’s nightlife.