Ottawa Parks: Cardinal Creek

We have our favourite parks around town - the one within walking distance of our house and then Brewer and Millenium are at the top of the list, but sometimes we want something a bit different and we go exploring. There is another great park in Orleans that is big and boasts a lot of different features and it's definitely worth a visit

Cardinal Creek

Cardinal Creek Park boasts a fabulous splash pad, a little kids' play structure, a bigger kids' play structure area, basketball courts and a children's garden.

Splash Pad

This park has a great splash pad and the day we were there it was packed. There are regular water canons, but also some really fun extra features like the flower tree, the ring things I always call the car wash, and the water that just shoots straight up out of the ground.

Play structures

There are swings, spinning ball things, big kid climbers and a toddler climber too. I loved that they had different stuff - stuff for climbers and stuff for kids who aren't as strong climbers. 

Children's Garden

I've been to the children's garden on Main and was excited to see that they have opened one at Cardinal Creek.  "The garden will have raised garden beds and an accessible pathway so that disabled children canalso have access to it. It has features such as a butterfly garden, strawberry patch, touch and smell area and a meeting place to encourage education and story-telling."

Such a great way to get kids to learn about growing food and to get together for play dates.

It's a great park for kids of all ages - definitely worth checking out!

Do you have a favourite park? We're going to be featuring a park a week all summer and if you want to write a post to highlight one of your faves send us an email at!

What are Ottawa's favourite parks?

Balena park

Balena park

As parents in Ottawa (probably everywhere) parks are a big part of our lives. We have great parks in Ottawa, but it gets tiring going back to the same ones every day. That's why we've loved getting our audience (readers like you!) to help us out by identifying the best parks around the city.

Our past blog posts about Ottawa parks are some of the most popular posts on our site. We wanted to update our information on the best parks to visit - especially as a lot of us are getting ready to plan our summer outings.

Top four parks in Ottawa for kids

Last year we did a survey and the top four parks in Ottawa are:

Brewer Park

Walter Baker Park

Andrew Haydon Park

Millenium Park

Would you agree?

More Ottawa parks

We have SO many fabulous parks in Ottawa, and although the ones above have been voted the "best" check out our list below for the runner-ups. If you have a park that you love and would like to write about it for us, email us at! (The articles below are from way back - many were written in 2010 and 2011! We'd love an update of how your parks have changed, and what's new!)

Balena Park

Big Bird Park

Carp Splash Pad

Gerald Poulin Park

Glebe "Tot Lot" (5th and O'Connor)


St Luke's