This walk begins at the Rideau River recreational parkway at Montreal Road. The pathway does not have a natural break, but there is a large intersection at Montreal Road and North River Road, and it easy to park nearby.

The area around Montreal Road is worth appreciating, both for the view from the bridge over the Rideau River and for the beauty of the bridge itself.

The park on either side of Montreal Road is busy, and the path itself sees a lot of traffic.

After traveling on the path a short way, you will come to an NCC Park in which there are tennis courts, a basketball court, a kids’ playground, a calisthenics area, and a large metal statue.
After enjoying this park, continue downriver along the path, past Beechwood Avenue. Here the path splits. There is a dirt path to the left and a recreational path to the right. The paths run parallel to each other, but the path that runs along the river is more picturesque and secluded. Take this path.

After about 400 meters it enters New Edinburgh Park, which is also an ecological area called Monarch Park. The day Ben went by, two young women were surveying the number of chrysalises in certain square meters of the park. You can find a sign describing the ecological nature of this park by traveling down Keefer Street as it enters the park.

In the spring, a magnificent stand of Irises blooms here.

This spot is quite hard to find from the path on the river, but where the two paths meet you will find a small clearing of maples and three boulders with short statements written upon them.
The first rock says NO PERFECT, the second says BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE, and the last says REMEMBER ME.

As you continue down the path, you will come to a fine place for launching small boats or watching dogs swim, and a large field where the dogs can run around and dry off.

Continue down the path as it circles through the park across the river from Maple Island.

From here you will be able to admire the imposing architecture of the Karsh Masson Gallery on Green Island and the Minto Bridges that join these Islands.


The Rideau Falls are just across Sussex Drive, in Rideau Falls Park, near the now-closed Canada and the World Pavilion.

In the park you can also see the Reflection sculpture, by John Greer, 2001. This statue honours Canada’s aids workers, and the lives of Nancy Malloy and Tim Stone. Malloy, a Red Cross nurse was murdered in her sleep in a field hospital in Chechnya. Stone, executive director of PATH (Programme for Appropriate Technology on Health) died in the crash of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane.
This walk ends here. A little furthur down the road are 24 Sussex Drive and Rideau Hall.