Summer gets busy quick. With summer jobs, plans with friends, and mini-vacations cluttering up your calendar, you may find yourself wanting to just sit and chill for a while. If you’re in Ottawa, then Algonquin College’s Horticultural Center Garden is the perfect spot to relax and escape your busy schedule. This hidden campus gem is easily one of the most beautiful Ottawa gardens.

You’ll find the little sanctuary tucked behind the bushes just across from the school's main entrance in the C building. It may be small, but this student-run center is a sight you’ll want to visit over and over again. Each spring the horticultural students come together to prep the space for the summer months, often adding a new element for the season.

You can make your way through the garden by following the paved walking paths. These paths lead past plant-covered archways, ponds, water fountains, and an abundance of plants, flowers, and quiet places to sit. As you continue along the garden pathways, you’ll eventually end up at the Greenhouse, which is open during the week until 4:45 pm.

Summer is the best time to visit, but you can explore this hidden oasis 24 hours a day, all year long. During the school year, you will often find students sitting on the benches, cramming for tests. It even stays open in the winter, however, a number of elements are fenced off to protect them from the snow.

Algonquin College Horticultural Centre Garden

Location: 1385 Woodroofe Avenue, Ottawa

Price: Free

Why you need to go: This hidden garden is super zen and the perfect spot to just sit and relax this summer.

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