A. Rideau Hall Gardens
Address: 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa ON K1A 0A1
Services for Visitors: Street Parking – Bicycle Racks – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Picnic Areas
Description: The grounds of Rideau Hall represent one of the finest historic landscapes in Canada. In 1998, they were designated as a cultural landscape of national historic significance by the Minister of Canadian Heritage. In keeping with British landscape tradition, the grounds are divided between treed lawns, flowerbeds, and service areas, with some areas remaining in a semi-wild state.
Despite the British inspiration, however, these grounds have an unmistakable Canadian quality. In the 19th century, they became the centre of a culture of winter, as governors-general and their families enjoyed snowshoeing, tobogganing, skating, and skiing on these grounds.
Today, the grounds encompass some 32 hectares (79 acres) and 20 historic buildings, as well as rose gardens, rockeries, cricket lawns, and stands of trees. Don’t miss the Canadian Heritage Garden and its 11 circular flowerbeds with over 200 varieties of winter-hardy roses.
Since 1986, the buildings and grounds of Rideau Hall have been managed by the NCC.
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)
Kitchen & Herb Garden
B. International Peace Garden
Address: 50 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1M 2K1
Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas nearby (Tavern on the Falls)
Description: Since its creation in 1990, Ottawa’s International Peace Garden has featured a display of early-blooming tulips every spring.
In 1990, the City of Ottawa and the Canadian Tulip Festival (an annual event that dates back to the postwar period) presented the United States with a “peace garden” to celebrate the world’s longest undefended border. The dedication of that garden inspired the 1991 creation of the International Peace Garden Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes human rights and advances global friendship. The foundation coordinates the annual gift of a peace garden from country to country, with the latest participant choosing which country to honour next. More gardens have since been created all over the world, from Italy to Japan.
21 International Peace Gardens
1990 Ottawa, Canada 1991 Washington, DC 1992 Warsaw, Poland
1993 Berlin, Germany 1994 Budapest, Hungary 1995 Strasbourg, France
1996 Ljubljana, Slovenia 1997 Pretoria, South Africa 1999 San Jose, Costa Rica
2000 The Hague, Netherlands 2001 Hiroshima, Japan 2002 Vienna, Austria
2003 Rome, Italy 2004 Athens, Greece 2005 Nicosia, Cyprus 2006 Dublin, Ireland
2007 Bern, Switzerland 2008 Kyiv, Ukraine 2010 Istanbul, Turkey
2017 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 2018 Suncheon Bay, South Korea
C. Rockcliffe Park and The Rockeries
Address: Rockcliffe Driveway, Ottawa, ON K1M 2H5. Note: the site opens in early May and closes on the first snowfall.
Services for Visitors: Free parking – Washrooms – Picnic Tables
Description: This park features the Rockcliffe Pavilion, a popular location for outdoor weddings, as well as spectacular lookouts that are accessible via the multi-use pathways and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway.
In the spring, the 2.65-hectare Rockcliffe Rockeries offer a burst of colour with hundreds of thousands of daffodils and flowering trees.
The park’s high, rocky land once belonged to Thomas McKay, master stonemason of the Rideau Canal and the builder of Rideau Hall. Rockcliffe Park opened in the late 1800s and is one of the Capital Region’s first recreational parks.
2020 Self-Guided Tour Video of Rideau Hall Gardens