Looking for something fun to do as a family during these last days of summer vacation? Get outside, enjoy nature and learn by seeing and exploring the beloved green spaces in Ottawa’s Mississippi Valley watershed.
Mill of Kintail
Spend a day hiking, skiing or snowshoeing on an extensive trail system situated on 154 acres near Almonte. It is home to the Conservation Education Program and the popular Wildlife Watchers Day Camp.
Take in the restored gristmill museum featuring Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, and sculptor, physical educator and physician Dr. R. Tait McKenzie, both of whom were born and raised in Mississippi Mills.
Enjoy the picnic areas, historic chapel and new, fully accessible playground and half basketball court.
This unique wetland near Lanark is famous for its exceptionally large native colony of Showy Lady Slipper Orchids; the largest in Canada.
Each year, between mid-June and early July, thousands of magnificent orchids burst into delicate pink and white bloom. Purdon exists today thanks to the care and cultivation of Joe Purdon. Stroll along the boardwalk or hike through an uplands forest.
Parking, washrooms and picnic areas are wheelchair accessible. Admission is by donation.
Located along the Ottawa River near Fitzroy Harbour, this 47-hectare site consists of forested woodlands and wetlands that will appeal to nature enthusiasts of all ages.
Enjoy the best of Ontario’s weather throughout the seasons: Hike, canoe, kayak, dog walk, jog, fish, snowshoe, cross country ski and much more.
Wheelchair accessible facilities include nature trails, fishing platforms, washroom and picnic areas. Parking is free and admission is by donation.
For details, see mvca.ca.