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Britannia Park

The Ottawa River is a fitting place to begin the Pathway.

Archibald Lampman and Duncan Campbell Scott travelled the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, the Gatineau and Lièvre rivers, and the Rideau Canal. They loved being immersed in nature, and Scott taught Lampman how to paddle a canoe. Sometimes William Wilfred Campbell joined them. Scott and Lampman spent a lot of time on the water, and wrote about the shore and the busy lumber scene, as well as the rivers, the hills and nature that surrounded them.

McCarthy Woods and Meadow

McCarthy Woods and Meadow comprise the second anchor of the Poets’ Pathway.

McCarthy Woods and the adjoining meadow are the heart of the Poets’ Pathway. Not only are they the centre of the pathway, they are the genesis of the idea. This is the area where Bill Royds, snow-shoeing, was struck by the idea of linking the land of Ottawa to the beautiful poetic lines and images he had cherished for nearly 50 years.

Beechwood Cemetery

Beechwood Cemetery, with its long history, tall ancient maples and swaying grasses is the final home of Ottawa’s Confederation poets, Archibald Lampman (1899), Duncan Campbell Scott (1947), and William Wilfred Campbell (1918). More than forty of Ottawa's finest writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, journalists, historians and poets, including John Newlove (2003), are interred in these lovely landscaped grounds. Poet’s Hill, the last anchor of the Poets’ Pathway, sits proudly at the main entrance to the cemetery.