Located on the Ottawa River at Britannia Bay, the beach is great for swimming, picnics or just watching the sailboats go by on a beautiful summer day.
|Britannia Beach: volleyball nets|
|Picnic at the old trolley bus station, June 2010|
|This year's rock sculptures|
Where we stopped on the way back was at the Mill Street Brew Pub near Victoria Island, Ottawa's oldest surviving mill, to have supper, with beer of course. It was packed with cyclists, to judge by the number of bikes stacked in the racks outside. The back of the restaurant overlooks a former log-chute channelling some of the water from the Chaudière Falls.
* The Ottawa River Pathway, intended for walkers, strollers and wheelchairs as well as bikes and rollerblades, is well maintained and signposted. It doesn't cross many roads, with underpasses under the main ones, but take notice of the stop signs at the minor roads and driveways. The major hazard is a sudden encounter with Canada geese wandering across the pathway. In summer time rush hour periods the trail is heavily used by cyclists commuting home from work, some of whom speed along at well over the 20kph speed limit, but they seem used to dodging the slower traffic and usually ring their bells if approaching fast from behind you. Informative plaques are posted at intervals along the trail if you have time to stop and read them.