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Union Street Kitchen Café + Stanley Park

Just min­utes from the sto­ried park on the Rideau River, Union Street Kitchen Café (42 Crich­ton St.) makes delicious pressed sand­wiches, mon­ster cook­ies, and sal­ads.

Hot tip: There’s lots of park­ing on Stanley Av­enue at the south­ern end of the park where kids and par­ents con­gre­gate at the play struc­tures. Ket­tle­man’s Bagel Co.

+ Sylvia Holden Park

At Ket­tle­man’s (912 Bank St.), load up on bagels, flavoured cream cheeses, and gourmet cook­ies. Then head to Sylvia Holden Park, an ur­ban gem best ac­cessed from Fifth Av­enue, to pic­nic un­der the trees and en­joy the gi­ant wad­ing pool.

Hot tip: It’s a five-minute stroll to Lans­downe Park, with its own play park, water fea­ture, and loads of lawn.

The Beach­con­ers

+ Bri­tan­nia Beach

The Beach­con­ers (273 Bri­tan­nia Rd.) is a cute café and ice cream shop just min­utes from Bri­tan­nia Beach. Stock up on muf­fuletta sand­wiches, savoury scones, and ve­gan potato salad with av­o­cado dress­ing be­fore hit­ting the beach. Hot tip: The Beach­con­ers is across the road from Mud Lake, whose perime­ter is criss­crossed with trails.

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