Avoid afternoon outings to Gatineau Park, Rideau Canal, NCC suggests

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Visitors enjoy a sunny afternoon on the Rideau Canal Skateway. The National Capital Commission is asking people to avoid the busiest times at some of the region's most popular outdoor attractions.
Visitors enjoy a sunny afternoon on the Rideau Canal Skateway. The National Capital Commission is asking people to avoid the busiest times at some of the region's most popular outdoor attractions.

(Olivier Plante/Radio-Canada - image credit)

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is asking people to avoid some of the region's most popular attractions during their busiest times to cut down on crowding during the pandemic.

According to the NCC, the Rideau Canal Skateway is busiest near Dows Lake and the NAC between 1 and 5 p.m., while Gatineau Park tends to get clogged between noon and 4 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, particularly around Chelsea, Que.

The NCC is suggesting alternative times for visiting those destinations. For example, Gatineau Park's O'Brien, Chemin Cross Loop and Trail 53 parking lots were the least crowded last week, according to the NCC.

The NCC is also asking people to limit visits to certain destinations within Ottawa's Greenbelt to weekdays, as parking lots at sites such as Mer Bleue are sometimes full at more popular times.

The NCC recommends using this interactive map to plan your next visit, and reminds visitors to keep their distance from others, wear masks and stay home if they're feeling sick.