Ottawa Walking Trails: Stroll Along the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal; Marriott Traveler

Canada – Rideau Canal

Wanderers at heart will love the 370-plus miles of pathways throughout Ottawa that pass some of the major sites of the city. Many of these miles are found along the two main routes, the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal. For the fitness trackers out there, that’s a lot of steps for your FitBit to count!

Lace up your walking shoes and hit one of these top routes.

The Ottawa River Walking Path

Distance: 3 miles, one way

Make your way to the Bytown Museum in downtown Ottawa, where this path begins. You can stop inside the museum for a background on the history of the city or get your walk started by following the path west along the river.

Look up to your left and you’ll see imposing, Gothic-style buildings on the hill. That’s the parliament of Canada, where politicians debate all things Canadian society.

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