Shirleys Bay and the Ottawa River

Be dazzled by the scenery, quiet vistas and historic points along the Ottawa River. Shirleys Bay is a popular location for canoeing, kayaking and sailing. There is a public boat launch at Shirleys Bay. The launch is only suitable for small, shallow draught boats because of the shallow and rocky shoreline.


  • Universally accessible outhouse by the Shoreline Trail.
  • Free, year-round parking is available at the P1 parking lot.
  • Sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas at the P1 parking lot by the Shoreline Trail.

Rideau Canal

The world famous Rideau Canal passes through the Greenbelt. The Rideau Canal is a popular spot for boating. The Black Rapids Lockstation, which is run by Parks Canada, is located by Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest.


  • There is an outhouse at the Black Rapids Lockstation Paid parking is available