If you live in Ottawa, it's sometimes hard to find areas within the city that offer a wide vantage point to take in some of the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
Shirley's Bay - an easily accessible location with adjacent NCC trails & parking offers up some of nicest views of the Ottawa River & Gatineau Hills.
Located near Kanata (accessible via Rifle Rd. off Carling Ave.) once you arrive at Shirley's Bay (either by vehicle or bike - close to the Watts Creek bike path in Kanata) your choice of activity is varied.
There is a boat launch area where you can access the river to indulge in boating, kayaking, canoeing, etc. Additionally, the interlinking NCC trails are great for nature walks, biking and running.
As certain parts of the Bay face a westerly direction, taking in a sunset stroll is always a relaxing way to unwind.
(The picture is hyperlinked to its Google map location).
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