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Nice place for a walk

I discovered this little-known gem this summer. It is a nice place for a walk. You can see the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Ottawa, Canada
A chance to escape ...but stay close to the city

5 minutes from downtown, free parking, and a great place to take a walk, take pictures, or just sit... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Sj M
Ottawa, Canada
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  • Average18%
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Park like setting with picnic tables, ample parking, mature trees and grass lawn. Located in the Ottawa River west of downtown Ottawa, the east end of the island offers good views of Parliament Hill and on the opposite shore downtown Hull/Gatineau. Sunsets viewed from the...More

5  Thank Chickadeedee51
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 October 2012

Really beautiful area, and an excellent view of the cityscape. Nice fishing and kyaking in the surrounding waters. Just don't go here at night! Myself and the wife went here to see Ottawa by night and were visited by RCMP telling us we shouldn't be...More

13  Thank Benjamincarey
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

I discovered this little-known gem this summer. It is a nice place for a walk. You can see the Ottawa River including rapids, lots of geese and ducks, and probably some people fishing. It makes a good place for a picnic too. Don't even think...More

Thank JeffTranter
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Not sure who takes care of this island but it was covered in garbage and looked uncared for. Went during the end of the heat wave / dry spell and the grass is basically dead as well (not that it can be helped), so overall...More

3  Thank sugarwaffle
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

5 minutes from downtown, free parking, and a great place to take a walk, take pictures, or just sit and enjoy the view. A greatplace for a picnic in warm weather, or pick up beavertails and a hot coffee and enjoy the views of Parliament...More

Thank Sj M
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Very interesting and popular spot. Wouldn't know its here if I wasn't driving through. Very nice, lots of parking and great spot for photos

Thank Topher E
Reviewed 21 October 2017

What a beautiful small island between Ottawa and Gatineau. It's a nice park area and convenient right off the main bridge. Very nice park.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I was looking for a spot to walk our dog and came upon this little hidden park. It surrounded by water and lots of wild life lives there. A nice surprise in the middle of the city!

1  Thank Anne D
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped off to have a picnic lunch while on a bike trek around Ottawa. Very nice park. Lots of picnic tables. Watched people fishing and also some stand up surfing in the rapids. Very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.

2  Thank 296KevinB296
Reviewed 2 January 2017

I spent the first 35 years of my life in Ottawa and never knew of Bates Island, but on my recent visit to my two sons, they took me to Bates Island...WOW. Very peaceful, very pleasant. We met some ladies feeding the geese, explored this...More

3  Thank Paulshappy
Reviewed 19 March 2016

This Island is on the Champlain Bridge between Ontario & Quebec. Picnic tables with BBQ pits. Listen to the water flowing over the rapids. You can see the Parliament Buildings from here. Nothing commercial, just peaceful.

4  Thank ga0di
Reviewed 26 October 2015

We drove here and the parking is really conveniently on the island. It's really small but don't let that stop you. The views are just gorgeous and the rapids (vary through the year) are great. It's a wonderful spot to stop and catch your breath...More

1  Thank voodoochick
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