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  Rideau Canal & Parliament   Typically, Ottawa has all the trappings of a capital city. The stately legislature buildings, the monuments, art centres and of course the museums.  
 

All of which makes the city a wonderful place to visit but Ottawa has evolved well beyond it's role as the seat of government and has become one of the countries finest cities to live in for people with an active lifestyle. Theatre is growing, the restaurant scene is flowering, while events and festivals abound. Along side the canals and waterfront you'll find an exceptional network of pathways that are used by outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. These pathways play double duty, allowing you to commute to work or leisurely ride about and explore the city, all without involving your car. Commuters can access the downtown core from almost all points of the compass. The trail system also provides access to the wonders of Gatineau Park across the river in Quebec and connects into Quebec's 5000km Route Verte network.

For the Ottawa outdoor enthusiast Gatineau Park dominates the region even if it isn't technically in Ontario (or Ontario for that matter). Located just across Ottawa River in the Gatineau Hills (above what use to be the city of Hull), the park offers a wide variety of outdoor pursuit. Treckers, paddlers, cyclists, campers, skiers, boarders and snowshoers are all welcomed by this wonderful park.

While Gatineau may be the first word off of anybody's' lips when you mention the Ottawa outdoors, it certainly doesn't stop there. The city is surrounded by a greenbelt, which provides easy access to nature, hiking trails and cross country ski facilities.

In the surrounding region of Eastern Ontario, paddlers can choose from some of Ontario's best canoe camping as well as some of the finest whitewater on the continent. Algonquin, Frontenac and Bon Echo to name a few have thousands of campsites available for canoe trippers. Whitewater enthusiasts can heat to the Upper Ottawa or down to Calumet and the world famous Rouge River.

Mountain bikers can take advantage of Gatineau's trails in the summer as well as the parks ski hills. Lift access is available in the park at Camp Fortune and north of the city at the Calabogie Peaks resort.

South of Ottawa, sea kayakers have an exceptional area to explore in the Thousand Islands between Brockville and Kingston. St Lawrence Islands National Park has a number of island campsites which are only accessible by water. Contact the park for details.

Hikers and backpackers haven't been left out with lots of trails available in Algonquin and Frontenac Provincial Parks. Hikers can also take advantage of the regions wealth of Conservation Areas.

Winter enthusiasts can camp overnight in Gatineau Park at the Philippe Lake area or can rent the Brown Lake Cabin. Algonquin has the option of camping or renting one of the parks fantastic yurts. Days can be spent on snowshoes or skies or even just doing a little winter hiking.

Finally boarders and skiers have several hills and resorts to choose from including Mont Ste. Marie (Gatineau, QC), Camp Fortune (Gatineau, QC) and Calabogie Peaks.

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Visiting from outside Ontario: Ontario has played a pivotal role in the development of Canada and is currently home to nation's capital, Ottawa. The province is largely english speaking but you will find a large number of Francophones in the eastern region, particularly in the Ottawa area. Most areas of the province will be able to accommodate you in either official language. We have put together pointers to help make your visit to this unique province even more enjoyable.
 
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Visiting from outside Canada: Depending on your country of origin you may have little to understand or adapt to when you visit Canada. On the other hand many of Canada's customs, its commerce and cultural may be vary new to some visitors. We have put together a list of helpful information to assist you in your planning and when you have reached your destination.
 
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