"Quiet" gardens - finding solitude in the hustle and bustle of the Capital City (Ottawa)

Urban Oasis Courtyard Garden Ottawa Wild Here

Did you know?  Ottawa now has two official "Quiet Gardens" for locals and tourists to visit.

One in Kanata at St John's Parish of March Anglican church and the other in Richmond as part of St. John the Baptist Anglican church property.  Both are larger landscapes that include a cemetery and both have Labyrinths also.

Rural Garden and Labyrinth to Visit in Kanata Wild Here
- St John's Parish of March Anglican church garden now officially a "Quiet Garden" -

Labyrinth Visit on a Fall Morning outside Ottawa Wild Here
- St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Quiet Garden - 

Don't know what a Quiet Garden is?

This movement started in the U.K. through a Christian organization but now over 300 gardens are registered all around the world!

Quiet Gardens offers visitors "outdoor space for prayer and reflection... and create opportunities for people to experience silence, restfulness and contemplative practices."

Read more about the Quiet Garden Movement here at the Wild Here. post on "Urban Gardens that offer Peace & Tranquility".

Wild Here Urban Nature Retreat Ottawa
- Entrance to the Unitarian Meditation Garden - 

While the two registered Quiet Gardens are located outside the city centre of Ottawa, they are definitely worth a visit.  Make it a day trip, both gardens have labyrinths which provide great spots for walking meditation and find some place close for a meal.  These two faith communities also offer special events, such as regular guided labyrinth walks and other events from time to time. And while you are on the outskirts, explore the neighbourhoods!

Wild Here Community Garden Nature Retreat

There are also a couple of other lovely urban gardens that are unofficial "Quiet" Gardens here in the
city if you don't have time (or the means) to get to the two more rural spaces.  Here are a few that I really find peaceful and enjoyable green spaces:
  • First Unitarian Meditation Garden (30 Cleary Avenue off Richmond Road)
  • Mount Calvary Community Garden (933 Smythe Road)
  • Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar Street - corner of Elgin)
  • Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks Street) This lovely garden (pictured above) is actually a central courtyard and accessible only during public hours - but worth a visit!

Have you visited one of Ottawa's Quiet Gardens?

Do you have another favourite spot for some peace & tranquility in the city?

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