About Parks, Paths, and Parkways

Photo of sweeping gardens, lawns and path at Commissioner's Park
Gardens in full bloom at Commissioner's Park

A key feature of the Capital experience is the extensive green spaces within the urban core. Central to the Capital’s green spaces network are its parks, the Capital Pathway network and the parkways managed by the NCC.


The Capital's parks in Ottawa and Gatineau offer stunning views of the Capital’s skyline and waterways. Some parks feature historical displays, and others have lookouts, picnic tables and other amenities for people to enjoy the outdoors. Several parks are the stages for national events and festivals such as Canada Day and Winterlude. Learn more about the Capital's parks in the Points of Interest section.


The green spaces of Canada’s Capital Region are connected by some 600 kilometres of multi-use paths. The paths are designed for walking, running, cycling and in-line skating, and they connect to the Trans Canada Trail and Route verte trail networks. The paths join the Capital’s parks, gardens, museums and attractions. They are also excellent routes to downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, as well as being a popular way for cyclists to commute to work.


The Capital’s green spaces are also connected by over 90 kilometres of scenic parkways. The parkways follow the Rideau Canal and the Capital's rivers, and extend into Gatineau Park and the Greenbelt. The parkways are more than roads — they are gateways into Canada’s Capital Region, offering beautiful views of the Canadian landscape.

Explore the Capital’s urban green spaces — where there are plenty of things to do!