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Five Great Places in Ottawa to Get a Panoramic View this Fall

October 9, 2019

As the trees around us turn shades of red and orange, now is a good time to get a good look at the scenery. Thankfully, there are many great places around Ottawa where you can look out from a high place and see all the beautiful trees around you.

The Canadian Museum of History – Upper Deck

The view from the deck on the Museum of History.

The Canadian Museum of History sits overlooking the Ottawa River from the Gatineau side, featuring great views of the foliage that runs all along it. There are some well-tended gardens nearby, such as the Cartier Park Gardens, which helps as well.


Nepean Point/Astrolabe Theatre

Tucked behind the National Gallery of Canada, Nepean Point offers a great view of Parliament Hill. But don’t just take our word for it–check out this video, from the National Capital Commission:

Performance Court, Garden Terrace

Performance Court, overlooking the Shaw Centre.

Enjoy the rooftop terrace that overlooks City Hall. You can see Confederation Park well from there, as well as the rest of the city, the so-called urban jungle. A favourite destination on our Miracle Gro Downtown Garden Route, It’s a hidden gem in the heart of the city. Go out onto the 7th floor, it’s open to the public for free!


Tavern on the Falls/Tavern on the Hill

Tavern on the Falls, overlooking the Rideau Falls.

Though the Taverns are seasonal restaurants, both locations will be open until at after Thanksgiving! Tavern on the Hill offers a view from Major’s Hill Park, looking out at the river. Tavern on the Falls offers an even more unique vista, looking out over the ByWard Market, Green Island, and the beautiful Rideau Falls.

Dow’s Lake Pavilion

Dow’s Lake Pavilion, from the Dominion Arboretum.

Overlooking Dow’s Lake, the Dominion Arboretum and Commissioners Park, Dow’s Lake Pavilion is home to Lago’s, Mexicali Rosa’s and Umbrella’s. All three restaurants have decks for viewing, so get yourself a drink and take in the scenery.

This content is brought to you by Garden Promenade. Check out our Fall Rhapsody event this weekend, including Forest Bathing in the Dominion Arboretum.

Authored by: Aaron Nava of Gardens Ottawa

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