Best lakes in Ottawa

Check out the top lakes in Ottawa, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Gatineau Park
1. Gatineau Park
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127 local reviews
33 Chemin Scott, Chelsea
Open · Closes in 26 minutes
+1 866-456-3016
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Steven
From the web: Gatineau Park is the gateway to Ottawa-Gatineau's richest network of hiking trails, clear…
Alister & Brittany
Visitors come from all around the world to see the leaves change color in the Gatineau Hills, but they are…
Chris
If you have a car, DO NOT MISS Gatineau Park. Tons of hiking/snowshoeing/ski trails, as well as lakes. Gets…
1. Gatineau Park
1. Gatineau Park
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127 local reviews
33 Chemin Scott, Chelsea
Open · Closes in 26 minutes
+1 866-456-3016
Steven
Steven
From the web: Gatineau Park is the gateway to Ottawa-Gatineau's richest network of hiking trails, clear lakes and tree covered hills. Just…
Alister & Brittany
Alister & Brittany
Visitors come from all around the world to see the leaves change color in the Gatineau Hills, but they are with the trip year round. The…
Chris
Chris
If you have a car, DO NOT MISS Gatineau Park. Tons of hiking/snowshoeing/ski trails, as well as lakes. Gets really busy in fall, as the…
2. Dow's Lake
2. Dow's Lake
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42 local reviews
Dow's Lake, Ottawa
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Sophia
If you are here during winter, hook onto the 7.8 km Rideau Canal Skateway at Dow's Lake. There are tents and…
Meg & John
A beautiful, man-made lake adjacent to the Arboretum. Nice footpaths to take a relaxing walk through the…
Danielle
There is a nice park around the lake that is home to Ottawa's tulip festival in the spring. You can rent…
2. Dow's Lake
2. Dow's Lake
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42 local reviews
Dow's Lake, Ottawa
Sophia
Sophia
If you are here during winter, hook onto the 7.8 km Rideau Canal Skateway at Dow's Lake. There are tents and trailers to put on your skates…
Meg & John
Meg & John
A beautiful, man-made lake adjacent to the Arboretum. Nice footpaths to take a relaxing walk through the Arboretum and around Dows Lake. You…
Danielle
Danielle
There is a nice park around the lake that is home to Ottawa's tulip festival in the spring. You can rent canoes and kayaks throughout the…
3. Rideau Canal National Historic Site
3. Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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160 local reviews
Rideau Canal National Historic Site, Ottawa
+1 613-283-5170
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Paul
The Rideau Canal, also known unofficially as the Rideau Waterway, connects Canada's capital city of Ottawa,…
Dallas
The Rideau Canal, also known unofficially as the Rideau Waterway, connects Canada's capital city of Ottawa,…
Leah
The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO world heritage sight and the longest skating rink in the world! Come to Ottawa…
3. Rideau Canal National Historic Site
3. Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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160 local reviews
Rideau Canal National Historic Site, Ottawa
+1 613-283-5170
Paul
Paul
The Rideau Canal, also known unofficially as the Rideau Waterway, connects Canada's capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, to Lake Ontario and the…
Dallas
Dallas
The Rideau Canal, also known unofficially as the Rideau Waterway, connects Canada's capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, to Lake Ontario and the…
Leah
Leah
The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO world heritage sight and the longest skating rink in the world! Come to Ottawa for Winterlude in February and…
4. Lago
4. Lago
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44 local reviews
1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa
Closed · Opens Tuesday 5:00 PM
+1 613-235-5246
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Hannah
This is the location of the Ottawa Tulip Festival. On Saturdays you can park in the parking lots of some of…
Kaitlyn
Dows Lake Pavillion is ideal for those looking to enjoy Ottawas famous Rideau Canal. It offers very affordable…
Andy
If you would like to relax while overlooking the water activities on Dows Lake, there are three restaurants to…
4. Lago
4. Lago
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44 local reviews
1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa
Closed · Opens Tuesday 5:00 PM
+1 613-235-5246
Hannah
Hannah
This is the location of the Ottawa Tulip Festival. On Saturdays you can park in the parking lots of some of the government buildings (free)…
Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn
Dows Lake Pavillion is ideal for those looking to enjoy Ottawas famous Rideau Canal. It offers very affordable kayaking, canoeing, and…
Andy
Andy
If you would like to relax while overlooking the water activities on Dows Lake, there are three restaurants to choose from here. You can…
5. Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
5. Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
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42 local reviews
33 Chemin Scott, Chelsea
Closed · Opens Tuesday 9:00 AM
+1 819-827-2020
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Pamela And Judith
With over 50 pristine lakes, 170km hiking trails, 98km of biking trails, there is lots for the nature lovers! …
Zameer
A variety of hiking trails suited for all fitness levels. Pink Lake is a short, beautiful trail recommended…
Francoise
Beautiful place, lots of trails, beautiful lakes, beaches, wildlife... the great outdoor minutes away from…
5. Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
5. Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
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42 local reviews
33 Chemin Scott, Chelsea
Closed · Opens Tuesday 9:00 AM
+1 819-827-2020
Pamela And Judith
Pamela And Judith
With over 50 pristine lakes, 170km hiking trails, 98km of biking trails, there is lots for the nature lovers! Check out their visitor…
Zameer
Zameer
A variety of hiking trails suited for all fitness levels. Pink Lake is a short, beautiful trail recommended for anyone who is looking for a…
Francoise
Francoise
Beautiful place, lots of trails, beautiful lakes, beaches, wildlife... the great outdoor minutes away from home!
6. Lac Pink
6. Lac Pink
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15 local reviews
Lac Pink, Gatineau
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Marie-Josée
Pink Lake is a “meromictic” lake. Unique lake of rare beauty, the site offers the opportunity to relax while…
Paul
Pink Lake is Gatineau Park’s most outstanding lake, because of its unusual makeup. Of rare beauty, the lake…
Elizabeth
Great outdoors area to bring you kids. Walk around the lake. Learn about its cool unique feature of unmixing…
6. Lac Pink
6. Lac Pink
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15 local reviews
Lac Pink, Gatineau
Marie-Josée
Marie-Josée
Pink Lake is a “meromictic” lake. Unique lake of rare beauty, the site offers the opportunity to relax while learning about its ecology. The…
Paul
Paul
Pink Lake is Gatineau Park’s most outstanding lake, because of its unusual makeup. Of rare beauty, the lake and its surroundings offer the…
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Great outdoors area to bring you kids. Walk around the lake. Learn about its cool unique feature of unmixing waters. See some local wildlife…
7. Gatineau Park Welcome Area
7. Gatineau Park Welcome Area
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81 local reviews
Prom. de la Gatineau, Hull
Open · Closes in 26 minutes
+1 613-239-5000
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Gananatha
It's fantastic. A short walk from our house, begin your steady climb here up into the Gatineau Hills by car,…
Erin
Amazing trails for all levels. I would definitely recommend checking out Pink Lake Trail in the summer time…
David
Beautiful forest, lakes, canoeing, walking trails, biking trails, gorgeous lookout points (look for Etienne…
7. Gatineau Park Welcome Area
7. Gatineau Park Welcome Area
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81 local reviews
Prom. de la Gatineau, Hull
Open · Closes in 26 minutes
+1 613-239-5000
Gananatha
Gananatha
It's fantastic. A short walk from our house, begin your steady climb here up into the Gatineau Hills by car, bike or on foot -- and by…
Erin
Erin
Amazing trails for all levels. I would definitely recommend checking out Pink Lake Trail in the summer time. Probably the most beautiful…
David
David
Beautiful forest, lakes, canoeing, walking trails, biking trails, gorgeous lookout points (look for Etienne Brule lookout, very special).
8. Lac Meech
8. Lac Meech
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18 local reviews
Lac Meech
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Maxime
Find the Meech lake beach or go a bit further on Chemin du Lac Meech and find P12. From there, there is a very…
Rachel
You can't beat a cold lake swim in the summer. There is paid parking onsite, with beaches in different spots…
Meg & John
This is a great place to go for a hike on one or more of the many surrounding trails and then jump in the…
8. Lac Meech
8. Lac Meech
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18 local reviews
Lac Meech
Maxime
Maxime
Find the Meech lake beach or go a bit further on Chemin du Lac Meech and find P12. From there, there is a very nice 1 hour hike up the hill,…
Rachel
Rachel
You can't beat a cold lake swim in the summer. There is paid parking onsite, with beaches in different spots. O'Brien Beach is lovely but my…
Meg & John
Meg & John
This is a great place to go for a hike on one or more of the many surrounding trails and then jump in the lake!
9. Dominion Arboretum
9. Dominion Arboretum
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30 local reviews
Dominion Arboretum, Ottawa
Closed · Opens Tuesday 9:00 AM
+1 613-230-3276
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Sophia
This is my go-to running circuit from the condo. It's about a 9 km circuit from the condo around Dow's Lake…
Jess And Joel
Want to just take a walk? Walk down Preston Street until you get to Dow's lake, go right, then you're in the…
Lionel
Very zen for walking, bicycling or even kayaking in Dow's Lake for a paddle alonbg the arboretum and down the…
9. Dominion Arboretum
9. Dominion Arboretum
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30 local reviews
Dominion Arboretum, Ottawa
Closed · Opens Tuesday 9:00 AM
+1 613-230-3276
Sophia
Sophia
This is my go-to running circuit from the condo. It's about a 9 km circuit from the condo around Dow's Lake and across the locks at Carleton…
Jess And Joel
Jess And Joel
Want to just take a walk? Walk down Preston Street until you get to Dow's lake, go right, then you're in the Arboretum. Just a lovely place…
Lionel
Lionel
Very zen for walking, bicycling or even kayaking in Dow's Lake for a paddle alonbg the arboretum and down the Rideau Canal.
10. Lac Leamy
10. Lac Leamy
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13 local reviews
Lac Leamy, Gatineau
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Chantal
You can hike or bicycle on the trails, or rent a kayak or canoe to paddle in the lake. Beach and picnic area. …
Joanie
There is a trail around the Lake. You can also rent canoes and kayak at the visitors' centre.
Diane
Very nice park in the heart of Hull can easily walk around the lake (30 mintues to an 1 hour)
10. Lac Leamy
10. Lac Leamy
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13 local reviews
Lac Leamy, Gatineau
Chantal
Chantal
You can hike or bicycle on the trails, or rent a kayak or canoe to paddle in the lake. Beach and picnic area.
Joanie
Joanie
There is a trail around the Lake. You can also rent canoes and kayak at the visitors' centre.
Diane
Diane
Very nice park in the heart of Hull can easily walk around the lake (30 mintues to an 1 hour)
11. Mud Lake
11. Mud Lake
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10 local reviews
Mud Lake, Ottawa
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Andy & Steve
Mud Lake is a nature and bird conservation area two blocks from the house. There's a beaver lodge in them…
Janice And Garry
Ottawa's best kept secret is located not far from our home. This protected wetland is a bird sanctuary with…
Andrea
This is an easy network of trails surrounding Mud Lake in Britannia much loved by birders. It has boardwalks…
11. Mud Lake
11. Mud Lake
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10 local reviews
Mud Lake, Ottawa
Andy & Steve
Andy & Steve
Mud Lake is a nature and bird conservation area two blocks from the house. There's a beaver lodge in them middle of the lake and if you…
Janice And Garry
Janice And Garry
Ottawa's best kept secret is located not far from our home. This protected wetland is a bird sanctuary with meandering marked trails…
Andrea
Andrea
This is an easy network of trails surrounding Mud Lake in Britannia much loved by birders. It has boardwalks as you walk through the…
12. Arboretum
12. Arboretum
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20 local reviews
Arboretum, Ottawa
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Renée
This magnificent collection of trees and shrubs covers about 35 hectares (86 acres) of rolling land. More than…
Naomi
Park with beautiful old trees and green space, just off of Dow's Lake. Great spot to bike to for a picnic (15…
Adam
Large, quiet, treed park on beside Dow's Lake. Great for a walk and a picnic.
12. Arboretum
12. Arboretum
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20 local reviews
Arboretum, Ottawa
Renée
Renée
This magnificent collection of trees and shrubs covers about 35 hectares (86 acres) of rolling land. More than 2,000 varieties have been…
Naomi
Naomi
Park with beautiful old trees and green space, just off of Dow's Lake. Great spot to bike to for a picnic (15 minutes on bike from the…
Adam
Adam
Large, quiet, treed park on beside Dow's Lake. Great for a walk and a picnic.