The official residence of the governor general is set amidst 32 hectares of beautifully landscaped grounds of rolling lawns, winding paths, woods, perennial beds and gardens. Don’t miss the Canadian Heritage Garden and its 11 circular flowerbeds with over 200 varieties of winter-hardy roses.

    • Rose Garden;
    • Formal Perennial Garden (private);
    • Entry Garden (at the visitor centre)…mainly perennials;
    • Garden of Canadian Governors-General;
    • Grove of Dedicated Trees;
    • Meditation Garden (near Stanley Gate entry)

      Global Centre for Pluralism: Forecourt Garden (330 Sussex Dr, Ottawa)

      The forecourt garden is an attractive, tranquil space and a unique and engaging urban garden experience. Trees and planters frame a diverse palette of durable and hardy plant species that provide fragrant blooms from early spring well into autumn.

      CF Rideau Centre Rooftop Garden (50 Rideau St, Ottawa)

      Stone paths fill the space between large raised beds contained in wide concrete walls which double as seating. Plantings include large, mature trees, shrubs and perennials, creating a green oasis in an unexpected place. Open from 5:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily.

      Ottawa City Hall Gardens (110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa)

      Ghent Treaty Rose Garden

      Located in Nelson Mandela square near the Human Rights Memorial, this garden celebrates the bicentennial of the treaty that marked the end of the war of 1812. The 144 Treaty of Ghent roses, donated by Belgium, are at their peak in June and in autumn.


      Marion Dewar Plaza Garden

      Marion Dewar Plaza is a public space designed to encourage visitors to slow down and interact with each other. It features landscape architecture, wide, sweeping paths, and a shallow fountain that visitors are invited to step into on hot summer days.

      Landscapes of Canada Gardens – Museum of Nature (240 Rue McLeod, Ottawa)

      This outdoor exhibition space on the museum’s property features about 60 native species of trees and plants (including grasses, sedges and mosses). They are species that are typically found in Canada’s boreal forest, Arctic tundra and prairie grasslands.

      Lansdowne Park (450 Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa)

      Civic Gardens – Lansdowne Park

      A vibrant celebration of Ottawa’s horticultural heritage, raised beds display a variety of plants and themes, with 7 beds of plants of Indigenous importance. 2017 plantings mark a centennial celebration of the start of the Victory Garden initiative.

      Heirloom Orchard – Lansdowne Park

      Lansdowne Park features more than 800 trees, including an orchard of 37 heirloom apple trees. The best time to visit the orchard is in early summer while the apple trees are in full bloom, or late summer (July/August) when the apples have formed.


      Central Experimental Farm Gardens

      Visit the Central Experimental Farm which includes the Dominion Arboretum, the Ornamental Gardens and the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. You’ll see colourful beds of annuals and perennials, and several species of trees and shrubs.

      Ornamental Gardens at the Experimental Farm (75 National Capital Commission Scenic Driveway, Ottawa)

      An 8-acre showcase of hardy perennials and shrubs developed in Canada and collected from around the world. Many of the lilacs and roses are proudly Canadian-bred. Gardens include the Saunders peony collection, annual, rock, hosta, and sunken gardens.

      Fletcher Wildlife Garden (Prince of Wales at Cow Ln, Ottawa)

      A beautiful organic garden with two distinct sections including wildlife-friendly native plant displays, perennial beds, water feature, rock garden, a managed woodland, a ravine with a pond and a wildflower meadow offering wildlife habitat and food.

      The Dominion Arboretum (Building 72, Arboretum, Ottawa)

      Located on 64-acres of rolling land, the arboretum was developed to test the hardiness of woody plants in the Canadian climate. With a variety of micro-climates and showcasing a range of woody plants, the collection contains around 4000 specimens.

      Tropical Greenhouse (Maple Drive, Ottawa)

      This 1,600 sq ft tropical garden is found in a heritage building notable for its beautiful lines and traditional design. Raised beds frame the circular path featuring a variety of heat-loving plants, tropical rainforest natives, Cacti and succulents.

      Canada Agriculture and Food Museum Garden (901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa) 

      Come explore the outdoor exhibition Discovery Park at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Discover various crops grown to produce energy as well as plants that benefit pollinators. Interpretive panels and hands-on activities are also part of the experience

      Maison du Citoyen Gardens (25 Rue Laurier, Gatineau)

      Maison du citoyen slopes gently down to the Ottawa River from the top of its seven storeys. The magnificent 20-metre high glass frontage lets the light through to the offices bordered by mezzanines. A multitude of beautiful gardens fill and surround this site. Photo source: Ville de Gatineau

      Japanese Zen Garden – Canadian Museum of History (100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau)

      Designed in 1995 by Zen monk and Landscape Architect Shunmyo Toshiaki Masuno, this peaceful garden melds the serenity of a traditional Japanese Zen garden with plants and materials native to Canada and the National Capital region.


      Rooftop Garden – Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa)

      One of the largest of its type in North America, the green roof of the War Museum is over 10,000 sq m. Designed to function as an ecosystem, it blends architecture with nature. A must visit to experience nature being integrated into urban settings.


      Dows Lake Pavilion Boardwalk Garden (1001 Queen Elizabeth drive, ottawa)


Dows Lake Pavilion offers an ideal scenic location to enjoy Ottawa’s historic Rideau Canal.  Come walk the boardwalk and experience the charm of one of Ottawa’s best kept secrets as the Dows Lake boardwalk is decked out with beautiful annual color.