Support local Ottawa restaurants and welcome the warm weather by enjoying your take-out at these 10 classic Ottawa view-points!
1. Rockcliffe Lookout
This covered vista point is the ideal spot for a take-out picnic with a view of the Ottawa River and Gatineau. Rockcliffe Lookout is accessible via the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and just a 10 min drive from downtown!
2. Remic Rapids
Another look-out spot along the Ottawa River, the Remic Rapids are just west of downtown, with a fantastic view of the sunset. The grass and benches make it a prime location to bring some take-out with friends and take in the natural scenery.
3. Rideau Falls
Right by Stanley Park, Rideau Falls offers a beautiful, natural vista for your take-out spot. There is plenty of natural green space to set up a blanket and relish in this urban oasis.
4. Kitchissippi Lookout
Kitchissippi Lookout, a bit further along the Ottawa River, is situated outside the downtown core and offers that escape from the city we’ve all been craving. Winter or summer, this spot is a favourite for a picnic by the water.
5. Dow’s Lake
Located right by the Canadian Tulip Festival, Dow’s Lake Peninsula and surrounding green-space is ideal for a summer picnic. Set up your blanket and delicious spread by the water or the expansive grass fields without having to even leave the city.
6. Rideau Canal: Hartwells Locks
The Hartwells Locks along the Rideau Canal are a perfect place to spread out a blanket and enjoy the sound of the water. A classic spot to have a picnic, this vibrantly green park is an oasis right in the city to people watch and relax.
7. Dominion Arboretum
The Dominion Arboretum is 86 acres of beautiful fields and park space that’ll make for an ideal picnic location. Home to numerous beautiful flower gardens, this spot definitely makes for an instagram-shareable spot to enjoy take-out.
8. Major’s Hill Park
At the centre of the city, Major Hill’s Park is close to markets and up-and-coming restaurants to grab take-out for a picnic. With some of the best views of the Parliament Buildings, this park is a prime location to relax and unwind after a long day.
9. Westboro Beach
With outstanding views of the water and plenty of sand and grass to lay down a blanket, Westboro Beach might be the most picturesque take-out location. Facing west, the golden hour and sunset pictures you’ll get will be fantastic.
10. Confederation Park
A national historic site right by City Hall, Confederation Park is another beloved spot to enjoy take-out in the downtown core. It’s open lawn and large canopy of trees make it both scenic and convenient for your next picnic.
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