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What to expect

Want to discover hidden gems within the city limits? This trip offers insta-worthy photo ops, funky restaurants and some classic treasures all within a short drive of Canada's capital.

Trip Highlights

Adventurous photo ops

Waterfall and beach parks

Some paddling and water sport opportunities (in the summer)

A few classics you may have forgotten about

Suggested for
  • Families of all ages
  • Photographers
  • Seniors
  • Travellers new to the Ottawa area
Available to depart
This itinerary can be used all year, and is best enjoyed in the warmer months; April – November (when there is no snow).


Stop 1

The first stop takes you on an adventure with a few surprising photo ops. Drive time to the second stop is 9 minutes.

Stop 2

The second stop takes you to some picnic-perfect waterfalls. Drive time to the third stop is 10 minutes.

Stop 3

The third stop brings forth another adventure with a few quirky side stops. Drive time to the fourth stop is 11 minutes.

Stop 4

Get your camera out again for the fourth stop! We’ve also recommended a few iconic attractions if you’d like to keep going.

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Add 3-4 hours for time spent at stops.

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Before you go

What You'll Need to Bring

Outdoor Gear
Road Trip Snacks
Walking shoes
Additional Details
Kid Friendly
Pet Friendly

Frequently Asked Questions

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Please see the approximate round-trip driving distances below. Please note this just includes driving distances and not time spent at stops.
• From Ottawa: 1 hour and 14 minutes /42 km
• From Kanata: 1 hour and 23 minutes / 64 km
• From Barrhaven: 1 hour and 25 minutes / 53 km
• From Gloucester: 1 hour and 28 minutes / 64 km
• From Orleans: 1 hour and 43 minutes / 76 km
• From Winchester: 2 hours and 26 minutes / 129 km
• From Gatineau: 1 hours and 27 minutes / 56 km

This itinerary can be used all year, and is best enjoyed in the warmer months; April – November (when there is no snow).

We recommend leaving anytime between 8:30 am-10 am.

You can bring your pup on Local Wonders!

The trip includes patio options for when it’s warm & takeaway that work well for your pet. There will also be at least one dog-friendly activity at each stop. If you bring your furry friend, you will be unable to bring them into any indoor suggestions.

We recommend bringing up to 4 people. Some of the food stops along the way have a maximum capacity of 4 people during the provincial restrictions.

There are paid parking options at the third stop and limited free parking at the final stop, therefore there is a potential fee for parking.

This trip is quite close to Ottawa, so staying overnight may not be required. After booking your trip, we’ll send you a confirmation email with a few recommended accommodation options. Please note this trip is very close to Ottawa so accommodations may not be needed.