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Parks, Nature, Walking Tours

Visit the Stony Swamp Conservation Area and the Wild Bird Care Centre

Walking and Hiking in Gatineau Park

Walk, cycle and discover Ottawa, with the NCC’s Discover the Heart of the Capital brochure

Explore Parliament Hill with site interpreters and Discover the Hill Self-Guiding Booklet

Enjoy a historical tour of Sparks Street with the Sparks Street Mall walking tour

Take the NCC StreetSmART public art walking tour, or the NCC's Decoding Art walking tour

Visit Maplelawn Garden

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  Name:   Visit the Stony Swamp Conservation Area and Wild Bird Care Centre

 
  Description:   The Stony Swamp Conservation Area comprises almost 2000 hectares of woodland, wetland and regenerating old field. Over 700 species of plants are known from Stony Swamp. Stony Swamp Conservation Area also supports a large variety of wildlife such as Canada geese and other waterfowl, beaver, woodland birds and northern flying squirrel. There are several trails running through the Conservation Area and trails can be accessed from several different locations.

The Wild Bird Care Centre is located next to the Stony Swamp Conservation Area parking lot, and is open to visitors from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Admission to the Centre is free but donations are accepted. Directions to the Wild Bird Care Centre can be found here.

Thanks to Mary for submitting this activity!

 
  Website:   Wild Bird Care Centre: www.wildbirdcarecentre.org

General information on the Stony Swamp Conservation Area: www.canadascapital.gc.ca

 
  Activity number:   40036  

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  Name:   Walking and Hiking in Gatineau Park

 
  Description:   There are many trails in Gatineau Park which offer interpretation panels. The website listed below lists information about Gatineau Park trails. In addition, Waterfall and Lauriault trails can be explored using a Self-guided Tour booklet published by the Friends of Gatineau Park. The booklet is available at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre for $1.90 plus tax.

 
  Website:   www.canadascapital.gc.ca


 
  Activity number:   40001  

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  Name:   Walk, cycle and discover Ottawa, with the NCC’s Discover the Heart of the Capital brochure

 
  Description:   Pick up the NCC’s Discover the Heart of the Capital brochure, which has three walking tours and one bicycle tour, and which describes over 50 points of interest in the capital. Get the brochure at the InfoCentre across from Parliament Hill or download a PDF copy.

 
  Website:   Discover the Heart of the Capital brochure in PDF format:
www.capitaleducanada.gc.ca

 
  Activity number:   40018  

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  Name:   Explore Parliament Hill with site interpreters and Discover the Hill Self-Guiding Booklet

 
  Description:   Pick up the Discover the Hill Self-Guiding Booklet free of charge in the Info-Tent (summer months) or at the Capital Infocentre across from Parliament Hill (year-round).

Mid-May to September 1, site interpreters are available to help you learn about historical figures and events.

 
  Website:   www.canadascapital.ca

 
  Activity number:   40019A  
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  Name:   Enjoy a historical tour of Sparks Street with the Sparks Street Mall walking tour

 
  Description:   Download the Sparks Street Mall walking tour, available in HTML and PDF formats.

 
  Website:   www.sparksstreetmall.com/walking_tour1.htm

 
  Activity number:   40020  

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  Name:   NCC Public Art Walking Tour and NCC QR Code Tour

 
  Description:   Visit and learn about public art with the NCC StreetSmART Guide Public Art Walking Tour, and use your smart phone and QR reader to interact with some of the art pieces that have QR codes, as described in the NCC's Decoding Art Walking Tour brochure.

 
  Website:   NCC Public Art webpage
StreetSmART Guide Public Art Walking Tour (pdf)
Decoding Art QR Code Walking Tour (pdf)

 
  Activity number:   40039  

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  Name:   Maplelawn Garden (For Grown-ups)

 
  Location:   529 Richmond Rd.

 
  Dates:   Year-round

 
  Description:   Maplelawn was designated a national historic site in 1989, partly due to its exceptionally well preserved walled garden which is always open without charge for quiet enjoyment.

 
  Website:   http://www.maplelawn.ca/index.html

 
  Event number:   50003  

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