When you move to Claridge Summerhill Village in Ottawa’s south end, you get more than just an expertly designed home, with lots of space for a great price—you get to live near the historic and tranquil Rideau River. As the river winds its way through the city en route to Kingston, its shores offer ample opportunities for relaxing afternoons, recreation, and a chance to learn about the area’s history. Here are some of our favourite spots on the Rideau River, only moments away from Summerhill Village.
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Claudette Cain Park
Claudette Cain Park is only a short walk away from Summerhill. This park is perfect for just about any occasion. Kids can cool off in the splash pad on hot summer days before enjoying a treat from the ice cream truck that is frequently parked nearby. Snag some shade in the large gazebo that houses picnic tables for family gatherings and community events. You can also make your way down to the tranquil Rideau River, walk along the banks, skip stones across the water and gaze across at the Chapman Mills Conservation Area or the Vimy Memorial Bridge.
Vimy Memorial Bridge
Completed in 2014, the Vimy Memorial Bridge has become an instant icon in the neighbourhood. Crossing the Rideau River just south of Claudette Cain Park, the bridge is sure to be a part of the backdrop to your evening walk, weekend bike rides and days in the park.
Long Island and Black Rapids Lock Stations
The Rideau River provides recreation opportunities for people in the Ottawa area, but historically it played a much more integral role in the development of Canada’s capital. Nowhere is this history felt more than at the lock stations which dot the Rideau River waterway from Kingston to Ottawa. At Summerhill you are a short bike ride (and even shorter drive) away from two of these stations. A day trip to Long Island or Black Rapids will transport you back in time to the 1800s when barges made their way up the river, through the lock stations, as they transported goods to Ottawa. Even today you can see the attendants opening the locks by hand cranks, much like they would have done back then. These stations are perfect for a picnic or afternoon stroll that will make you forget about big city life for at least a few hours.
At Claridge Summerhill you’ll have a great home minutes from the city in an in-demand neighbourhood, with plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors, spend time with your family, and escape to the tranquil shores of an historic waterway just outside your door.