This is the perfect time of the year for you and your family to explore a new part of the city. One very in interesting place to do that is the area around Parliament Hill.
When there are no leaves on the trees on the banks of Parliament Hill it's possible to see the remains of a pedestrian walk - called lovers' walk because it was popular with young couples - that is no longer open to the public. Actually, all classes of citizens in Ottawa - especially during the warm summer months - enjoyed Lovers' Walk including prime ministers and commoners alike. It was a footpath that encircled Parliament Hill just below the cliff top (see the red arrow in the photograph). Hidden from view by the leaves of the trees in spring and summer, this secluded walkway provided a magnificent view of the river below while sheltering walkers from the heat of the day. Closed, supposedly for safety reasons, by prime minister King, there has been sporadic talk in the press of rebuilding it. Don't hold your breath waiting for it to re-appear.
The blue arrows in the photographs below point to the Bytown Museum building which today occupies the oldest stone structure in Ottawa. Built as the headquarters for the construction of the Rideau Canal this building is now a very interesting place to visit to learn about the early history of Ottawa and the construction of the Rideau Canal.
In the warm weather months, admission to the museum is free on Thursdays after 5pm until closing.
(Old postcard view of Lovers' Walk)