It may be considered a quiet city in comparison to Vancouver and Toronto, but Ottawa definitely doesn’t lack any sights to see during the warm summer months. Check out some of our favourite things to do in the city when the sun is shining bright!
With Canada Day quickly approaching, we can’t think of a better place to celebrate our country than in our Nation’s capital.
The Ottawa River was once the main transportation route for Aboriginals and early settlers, and played a huge part in Canada’s early development. Grab a bike and take on the scenic 31km path that passes by landmarks like the Canadian War Museum, Parliament Hill and the Ottawa Locks.
Taking place on Bank Street between Slater and Gilmore, Glow Fair is 9 blocks of musical performance stages, street installations and street performers for all ages to enjoy!
Fish on the shores of Victoria Island as you take in the gorgeous views of Parliament Hill and the Gatineau.
A definite tourist destination, this market has everything from fresh food to fashion, and if you don’t mind crowds, you can easily spend a sunny afternoon strolling the streets.
There’s plenty of activities to do here, but we particularly like exploring North America’s largest collection of hedge mazes.
If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a canoe and paddle your way up to Back Falls and Mooney’s Bay for the ultimate summer escape.
Every Wednesday at noon during the summer months, grab your yoga mat and head to Parliament Hill’s iconic front lawn for a FREE yoga session.
The west Centretown neighbourhood near City Centre is crawling with antique haunts such as FoundDesign, that will make it feel like you’re stepping into your grandparents’ 1970s rec room. Whether you’re buying, browsing or just need some groovy inspiration, it’s a fun way to spend a summer afternoon.
While the canal is most commonly associated with skating in winter, it’s just as picturesque in the summer, minus the crowds!