Obviously this is a HUGE waterway and you could literally take a trip for weeks on the Great Ottawa River. I paddled the "downtown" section with views of Parliament, the Museum of History and Jacques Cartier Park. Word to the wise...AVOID the giant white tour boat that's docked at Jacques Cartier...the captain's an A-HOLE and sounded his giant foghorn at my little kayak telling me to get the hell out of the way of his giant, parked boat! This is a very beautiful and scenic place but you really have to have your wits about you as there are tons of drunken boaters and speed demons in the water. The more neon you wear, the better...this is an area to paddle if you're a social paddler and like chit chatting with drunken bums under the bridge on the shore as you float by as well as drunken, super-tanned aristocrats clad in spandex chilling out on the mini yachts in the harbour. Nature takes a back seat here and it's more about the feeling of being "at the heart" of the city. If you choose this spot to watch fireworks from your kayak at night, be sure to have all regulation 360 flashing lights set up on your kayak or the water cops will kick you off the water.
There are many ways to get here...I recommend parking at Jacques Cartier park on the Hull side.
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