Ottawa urban kayak routes

Ottawa blessed with rivers and river connections.

Ottawa, Rideau, Gatineau, Rideau Canal — all within view of Parliament Hill.

The Jock, the Clyde, Petite Nation, Lievre, Brewery Creek, Constance Creek, Carp, Mississippi and Madawaska — wll within one hour’s drive.

Here are put-ins and take-outs placemarked by me on GoogleEarth. Any errors are mine, but don’t sue me.  A continuing project.


Ottawa River – downstream

Ottawa River – Jacques Cartier Park, Gatineau

This could be you

Paradise near nation\'s capitalAuction last night to raise money for Therapeutic Riding in Lanark County. Up for bidding was one kayak outing for 2 people, with kayak, paddles and safety gear supplied. Bid came in at $100 for one person. Match the bid, and you too can be in this picture…

Or in this video…

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Constance Creek – paddling thru the forest

At the put-inCan anything signal spring as acutely as a paddle on flooded waters?

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In summer you cannot even navigate Constance Creek, I’m told. For one idyllic season, Canadian spring, you can paddle over fields, and under arching branches, and glide past wildlife close up.

We came withing 3 feet of a baby beaver, so sleepy it didn’t even mind us taking a picture. There were osprey, geese, ducks and frogs doing their thing.

The sounds of springtime:

For a report of an epic journey down this creek, check out “The Odyssey”.

Keenan and Julie’s bushwaterwacking.