Remic Rapids Park is situated on the shore of the Ottawa River, about four kilometres from Parliament Hill. This site provides stunning views of the river and is home to countless species of plants and animals. It is a very significant zone for migratory birds.

The Capital Pathway passes through the park, making it an excellent starting point for exploring the Capital. Park-goers can also admire views of the Ottawa River and the core areas of Ottawa and Gatineau from a lookout by the Tunney’s Pasture federal employment facility.

Facilities

Washrooms: Year-round

Parking: Year-round, 7 am to 10 pm, two-hour limit; bike racks on-site

Picnic areas: There are picnic areas in the park.

Points of interest

The SJAM Winter Trail

In the winter, the SJAM Winter Trail opens up Remic Rapids Park to walkers, skiers, snowshoers and snow bikers. Maintained by community volunteers, the SJAM Winter Trail brings this part of the riverfront alive and promotes Ottawa as a destination for winter tourist activity.

The NCC Bistro

In the summer, the park hosts an NCC Bistro, providing an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to stop, refuel and enjoy the view.

A beautifully restored wildlife habitat

A section of Remic Rapids Park was once dominated by invasive plants. Thanks to a partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and the help of volunteers, we have restored it to a healthy, functioning natural area. Today, it offers ample wildlife habitat, breeding areas for frogs and great foraging locations for birds.

Balanced rock sculptures

To enhance the park’s beauty, artist John Felice Ceprano has created balanced rock sculptures on the river’s edge since 1986. The artist uses fossilized and colourful rocks found on the shore to build these sculptures by hand. They provide a free and exploratory public art experience that complements the park’s natural setting.

We have supported this program since 2000.

History

Remic Rapids Park was once a popular trading and rest area for Indigenous peoples and early explorers in Canada.

Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park Plan

Remic Rapids Park is one of the green spaces covered by the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park Plan. The plan calls for the creation of a continuous riverfront park connecting LeBreton Flats to Mud Lake.

Other urban parks

The extensive green spaces within the urban core are key features of the Capital experience.

Discover more about the NCC's parks in this map journal.