It is officially Summer, and as such there are countless activities to partake in being in the country’s capital city. What really makes Ottawa such a great place to live is the big-city vibes mixed with our small-town charm. There is an incredibly active and lively event scene with unique and one-of-a-kind activities, adventures and experiences related to each season for both families and adults-only. As we start to head into the warmer months, we know that the Summer season is no exception, which is why we’re sharing our list of the best Summer activities in Ottawa based on your personal interests.
For the Art Lover
After being on hiatus due to the pandemic, Ottawa Bluesfest is back this year with an amazing lineup! From Luke Bryan to Rage Against the Machine, there is an artist for everyone to enjoy over the 10 days of concerts running from July 7 to 17.
613 Flea Market
Don’t miss the ever-changing marketplace that features eclectic goods, handmade, antiques, vintage clothing, great foods and one-of-a-kinds! The 613 Flea Market is a free event to attend located at Lansdowne Park.
There is a new immersive art exhibit that you won’t want to miss where you can explore the art of Claude Monet. Beyond Monet is taking place at the Aberdeen Pavilion during the Summer months.
For the Fun Seeker
Centrally located in the heart of the Glebe, The Bunker is a 4500 square foot urban golf bar and watering hole that is perfect for both avid golfers and those just looking for an afternoon of fun. As Ottawa’s leading virtual golf lounge, the venue boasts 7 custom and private oversized golf simulation bays powered by Trackman 4 Technology.
Stand-up paddleboarding allows you to get the most out of a season that deserves to be spent on the water. Ottawa SUP provides lessons, rentals and sales to professional advice on anything to do with paddleboarding in the city.
View the capital as you’ve never seen it before with an exhilarating ride over the Ottawa river at 50km an hour! 1200 feet long and 120 feet high, Interzip is the first interprovincial ziplining experience which takes you over the border from Ontario to Quebec.
White Water Rafting
Uncover the amazing secrets of Ottawa and conquer the rapids in the heart of the city with Ottawa City Rafting. You’ll get to float through the lazy river, catch panoramic views of Parliament, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Beat the heat this summer at Canada’s biggest waterpark, home to the largest wave pool in the country and over 35 different waterslides. Calypso Waterpark is located just 30 minutes east of the city and is a great family-friendly activity as well.
For the Foodie
From the views to local cuisine, there’s no better way to enjoy being a foodie than on Ottawa’s patios. If you’re looking for a patio with a stunning waterfront view, try Umbrella Bar at Dow’s Lake or Canal Ritz. If somewhere with live music is more your vibe, Tavern on the Falls often has great musicians playing on the weekend. Other great spots are Prohibition Public House, as well as we personally love to visit Thr33’s Co and Banditos which are just a few doors down from our office. So grab your friends and enjoy one of these hot spots on the next sunny day!
Vineyards and Breweries
Did you know that the Ottawa region has dozens of local vineyards and breweries? There’s no better way to spend a Summer day than with a tasting and facility tour at one of the many spots around the city. If you’re a wine lover, try KIN Vineyards in Carp or Domaine Perrault Winery in Navan. For beer aficionados, there is Dominion City Brewing Co, Beyond the Pale, or Tooth and Nail Brewing Company that you can try out!
Ottawa’s agricultural sector is prosperous, and as such, abundant local and fresh produce and products are readily available to us during the warmer months. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market features hundreds of vendors within a 100 km radius of the nation’s capital with locations in Westboro, Lansdowne, Orleans and Barrhaven.
Who doesn’t love a frozen treat on a hot summer’s day? Fortunately, there are tons of delicious creameries in the city of Ottawa to satisfy your taste buds, such as Moo Shu Ice Cream and Kitchen, The Merry Dairy, Stella Luna Gelato Cafe, and so many more!
For Those Looking to Relax
Unwind and focus on your well-being this summer at the stunning spas located just outside of downtown Ottawa in Quebec. Both KÖENA Spa and Nordik Spa-Nature boast luxurious nordic thermal experiences in beautiful nature surroundings.
Ottawa has incredibly scenic trails, some even with waterfalls, that are perfect for the perfect walk or hike in nature. Princess Louise Falls, Hog’s Back Park, and Gatineau Park are just some of the hidden gems in Ottawa to revel in all that nature has to offer. Setting out for a hike for fresh air and a change of scenery makes for the perfect evening out and will allow you to see some of the most incredible places in the region.
If you’re looking to swim, tan, or squish your toes in the sand, Canada’s capital has a few beaches that make for a wellspent Summer day. Westboro Beach is close to the city center and has great rental options for activities such as volleyball or rollerblading. Petrie Island is not too far from the city as well and makes the perfect spot to watch the sunset. While Constance Bay Beach is more outside of the city, it’s ideal for families with its shallow water.
Ottawa is heating up, and adventure awaits you! Please check on business websites to determine availability and hours of operation. We hope this list provides you with some fun summer activities to take advantage of the season and enjoy the offerings within the beautiful city of Ottawa.