Visitor Information

Photo of tulips in bloom, with pond and Rideau Canal in background
Tulips blooming along a Rideau Canal pathway
Maps and Publications

The 300 hectares of parkland and green spaces in urban Ottawa and Gatineau contribute to a healthy, vital, sustainable and green capital. Explore these green spaces by visiting the Capital's parks, and travelling the multi-use paths and parkways.

Visitor Centre

Capital Information Kiosk

90 Wellington Street (across from Parliament Hill)
Ottawa, Ontario

Hours of Service

Capital Information Kiosk

  • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (mid-May until Labour Day)
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Labour Day until mid-May)


  • The parks and their facilities open in early May and close at the first snowfall.
  • Washrooms and parking lots are closed nightly (hours vary by park).
  • Concession stands are generally open from 11 am to 6 pm.

Updates on Conditions


Facilities and Services


Free and paid parking is available at or near most parks, and there are 13 Park and Cycle parking locations. Parking lots are marked on the Ottawa-Gatineau Cycling map.

Universal Accessibility

Most of the pathways are universally accessible. If you will be using a wheelchair to travel the pathways, check the cycling map to see which paths are have steep hills.


The Capital Pathway network is marked on the following maps.

Please Do Not Feed the Birds

Feeding wildlife can create problems for animals, as well as for the environment. Many urban parks in Canada’s Capital Region are now inundated with gulls, ducks, geese and pigeons.

Please don’t feed the birds, because:

  • it can be harmful to their heath, leading to dietary and nutritional problems;
  • it can make them less wary of people, and increase the risk of their being harmed; and
  • it can contribute to population problems in a small area, creating safety hazards, habitat problems, damage to grassy areas and poorer water quality due to excrement.

Find out more by reading the Please Do Not Feed the Birds pamphlet.