Top 40 Ottawa Photography Locations with Photos

Photography Locations in Ottawa & National Capital Region

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive pertains to excellent photography spots in Ottawa as a local photographer. In response to this common inquiry, I decided to create this resource not only for the benefit of others but also as a valuable reference for myself and my clients.

Below, you’ll find an extensive list of over 40 notable Ottawa photography locations to enhance your next city adventure. This comprehensive compilation is designed to serve as your primary reference, so be sure to bookmark it or pin it to your boards for easy access.

In the process of preparing clients for their photography sessions, we engage in discussions about selecting the most suitable locations. This list of Ottawa photography locales, complete with accompanying photographs, has proven to be an invaluable asset in that regard.

Having diligently gathered and curated this list over the years, I remain committed to continually scouting for new and captivating locations within Ottawa. Consequently, this resource is an evolving document, ensuring that you can revisit it whenever you seek fresh Ottawa photography destinations.

It is worth noting that, in most cases, the Ottawa photography locations listed here do not necessitate a permit for photography. However, I would advise checking with the relevant authorities for the most up-to-date information, as regulations may undergo revisions. Happy photography!

Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of the photographer/client to confirm the current status of the location (construction, operating hours, parking availability etc.) and whether a permit is required. Unless otherwise stated, the list intends to provide locations that are accessible from the outside only. If you would like to explore photography indoors, please contact the location or venue and secure the permits needed.

Photo locations include:

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Downtown Ottawa Photo Locations

Central Experimental Farm: Ornamental Gardens

Arboretum & Dows Lake

University of Ottawa Campus at Tabaret Hall

Tabaret Hall engagement at the university of Ottawa

Hog’s Back Park

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Tropical Greenhouses at the Experimental Farm

The Keg Manor

Maple Lawn Garden

Chapman Mills Conservation Area

Minto Bridges + Stanley Park

NCC Trails in Nepean: Pinhey Forest

Rideau Canal at University of Ottawa Campus

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Major’s Hill Park

bride & groom strolling infront of parliament hill

Canadian Museum of Nature (Permit Required Indoors)

Aquatopia Conservatory (Permit Required indoors)

 Byward Lockstation + Museum

Watson’s Mill Manotick + The Dickinson House – Manotick

Lebanese wedding Ottawa - Watsons Mill, Winter Wedding - Photography by Emma

Parliament Hill

Rideau Canal by the NAC

Sparks Street

Lots of interesting architecture and city vibe

Baxter Conservation Area

Natural reserve with a rustic feel, tall grass and wooded areas

Claudette Cain Park

Bate Island

Aylmer Marina (Quebec)

Gatineau Park // Mackenzie King Estate  

Cell service is limited, park is closed in winter.

Britannia Beach

Petrie Island

In the East end, a popular spot for locals in the summer. Sandy beaches and trees, lots of parking available. Check for seasonal hours.

Commissioner’s Park

A main location for the Ottawa Tulip Festival, visit in the Spring to catch the tulips – note that it gets very busy so best to go in off-peak hours to avoid crowds.

Long Island Lockstation

Mooney’s Bay Park

Andrew Haydon Park
Carelton University Campus
lots of buildings, walkways, some natural areas and access to the canal path and water views.
Rockcliffe Pavilion & Park -has a covered pavilion and a good back up location for rain, note that wedding ceremonies take place there on weekends and permits are required for ceremonies
Rockcliffe Rockeries – Wooded areas and interesting sculptures
Vincent Massey Park – Wooded area, lots of green space and busy on weekends
Billings Estate – Historic estate with a 19th-century┬áhome, and small garden in the back

Downtown Locations:

National Gallery of Canada

Unique architecture, art sculptures, great concrete steps, beautiful blooming trees in the spring.

Byward Market
Claredon Lane Courtyard
Confederation Park
700 Sussex Steps
Notre Dame Cathedral

The NAC

The NAC is open to the public, so many spaces may be used unless there are private events held that day, access will be limited to guests of the event and event holders only. There is underground parking at the NAC. The NAC also features a rooftop garden, sculptures, a terrace that overlooks the Chateau and Canal. Access to the rooftop is available from outside the NAC from Elgin street.

Unique Locations

Brewer Park
York Steps
Clifford Allen Island View from Canal (this place gets a beautiful sunset, close to Billings bridge)


Toronto & GTA

Gairloch Gardens

York University – Glendon Campus Rose Garden
Aga Khan Museum
Edward’s Gardens / The Botanical Gardens
The Distillery District
Scarborough Bluffs Escarpment
Rosetta McClain Gardens
University of Toronto St.George Campus
Ryerson University Campus
High Park
Riverdale Farm
Guildwood Park
Casa Loma
Dundas Square
Richmond Green Park

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