Ottawa is one of the best places to spend your summer. Our country's capital has incredible nightlife, award-winning restaurants, and plenty of activities. But there's one area in particular every Ottawan should be looking towards this sunny season: The Glebe.
This urban oasis is a favourite stomping ground for food lovers and a top-of-the-mind destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. It's home to distinctive one-of-a-kind shops, a stunning variety of delectable restaurants, and world-class attractions.
Are you hungry? The Glebe has over 60 restaurants to satisfy your appetite. Thirsty? There are dozens of places to grab a drink. Need to shop? Explore Bank Street and the tons of unique indie shops that you won't find anywhere else in the city. Whatever you want or need, chances are, The Glebe has it. And when you want to get away from it all, The Glebe has your pick of parks, green spaces and tranquil bike and pedestrian pathways that border the historic Rideau Canal.
Like the sound of Ottawa's must-see destination? Here are 14 things you can do in The Glebe this summer:
Shop 'Til You Drop On Bank Street
The stretch of Bank Street that runs through The Glebe is one of Ottawa's premier shopping areas, with many small stores and restaurants offering plenty of services to splurge on. It's the quintessential Canadian high street, packed with an eclectic mix of unique shops and restaurants in beautiful historic and Victorian buildings. From fashion to vinyl, rare books and collectables, you'll seriously find anything and everything on Bank Street and among the many shop-lined sidestreets!
Rave At Escapade Music Festival
Head over to Bank Street, get some shopping done and pick out your best festival outfit. Festival Season in The Glebe has finally arrived, and they're kicking it off with the Bud Light Escapade Music Festival on June 23rd and 24th. This year's impressive lineup includes the best of trance, dubsetep, techno and house, with DJs like Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Zedd and Kaskade headlining the event. The Glebe’s festival season also includes CityFolk, Ottawa’s premier summer folk music festival and Marvest - AKA, CityFolk’s own local version of SXSW.
Cheer On Ottawa Fury FC And The Ottawa REDBLACKS At TD Place
Get your jerseys out and cheer on Ottawa's best sports teams. Witness game-changing touchdowns during an Ottawa REDBLACKS CFL game, or scream "goooallll" at an Ottawa Fury FC soccer match. The two professional teams call TD Place home - Ottawa’s brand new, state-of-the-art stadium in the Glebe. And with so many restaurants nearby, you can come early and stay late for the full Glebe experience!
Sample A Flight Of Local Brews At CRAFT Beer Market
This premium casual restaurant is located at Lansdowne Park and uses fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. The best part? They have over 100 beers on tap - Ontario's largest selection of draft - along with an extensive list of wine, cocktails and spirits.
Explore Our National Cuisine During The Canadian Eats Food Festival
Going down from June 21 until Canada Day, Canadian Eats is an Ottawan food celebration highlighting Canadian cuisine. Throughout the festival, you can savour inspired dishes that capture the Canadian experience through our taste buds! There'll be about 40 eateries creating Canada-inspired dishes, shared on a collective menu. The Glebe's got tons of talented chefs and awesome restaurants, so what better way to experience them all!?
Visit Ottawa's Farmers' Market
Ottawa's Farmers' Market is the only year-round, producer-only farmers’ market in the city. Every vendor at the market grows, makes, and bakes everything that they offer from within 100-kilometres of Ottawa. You can get pretty much everything and anything here: Local cheeses, meats, grains, fruits and veggies, baked goods, sweets, and even some artisan crafts and jewelry.
Drink Wine (Lots Of It) At 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar & Café
Ottawa has incredible nightlife, but it's this small wine bar in The Glebe you'll want to stop at first if you're partial to a glass or two (or three or four). 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar & Café is open seven days a week from 11:30am until late (full food menu all day and until at least midnight). Their covered front patio and rear deck will make this place your new favourite summer hangout spot.
Grab A Bite At One Of Ottawa's Best New Restaurants
The Pomeroy House is the perfect place to go to truly discover the unique flavour of The Glebe. Not only was this restaurant one of many in the neighbourhood to be named Best New Restaurant in Ottawa in 2016, but The Pomeroy House has the receipts to back up the claim! You can expect delectable brunches, classic/homestyle dishes, delicious cocktails and much more at this eatery!
Rent A Bike And Ride Down Rideau Canal's Bike Paths
Truly enjoy the aesthetic of this historic part of Ottawa with a nice, slow bike ride down the Rideau Canal bike paths. Enjoy the waterway and greenery of the neighbourhood while rolling on one of Glebe's bikes for rent. VeloGO is the official Bike Share program for the Ottawa-Gatineau area and it's a great (and healthy) way to get around the capital region. You can lock your bike on any public bike rack once you're done with it. Grab a bike at 425 Marché Way, in Lansdowne Park to start your trek.
Sip The Finest Roasts At One Of The Glebe's Trendiest Coffee Shops
Little Victories is a lovely little independent coffee shop that's just recently opened up in The Glebe. They specialize in making some of the most tasty drinks this side of Ottawa (their lattes are toooo good to be true!), and in providing a super trendy, hip space for clients as well!
Relax In Lansdowne Park
After some serious renovating in 2014, Lansdowne has become a hotbed for businesses, restaurants and a whole galaxy of attractions and major events. The community here is vibrant and lively, and is easily accessible using public transit lines 6 and 7. Its numerous amenities make it a unique space, where visitors can experience sports, culture, leisure and culinary experiences all in one area. In the summer, the skate park and water plaza are in full use, and if you want to just take your time, the Great Lawn that surrounds Lansdowne is great for frisbee sports, walking, relaxing or doing yoga.
Search For Your New Favourite Gem At Compact Music
Dig through the packed vinyl racks at Compact Music and complete your record collection. The staple music shop in The Glebe just celebrated its 40th birthday, and with a massive vinyl revival underway, it shows no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re a jazz lover or a psych rock junkie, you’ll find all the sounds you’re looking for at Compact!
Visit Aberdeen Pavilion
This architectural gem in Lansdowne Park is the last surviving Victorian-era exhibition hall in Canada. The historic building is constantly buzzing with flea markets, concerts, car shows and everything in between. The Aberdeen Pavilion can also be rented for galas, festivals and other special events.
Marvel At Glebe's Vibrant Urban Arts Scene
The Glebe is home to several stunning murals along its colourful streets. Russian nesting dolls, octopuses and children flying planes are just some of the many distinctive paintings that cover the exposed red brick walls you'll find in this area. The neighbourhood is also packed with public art pieces created by incredibly talented local artists.
Although all of Ottawa is beautiful, one area in particular should be on everyone's bucket list to check out: The Glebe!
Bursting with fun things to do and see, awesome activities, beautiful green space, delicious restaurants and a whole lot more, if you've yet to discover this beautiful neighbourhood then you absolutely need to check it out. And if you're already acquainted with Ottawa's best kept gem? Then it's the perfect time to rediscover an old favourite!
Explore all the area has to offer at www.intheglebe.ca, and check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!
The Glebe Business Improvement Area is a non-profit organization dedicating to making the Glebe thrive. Our organization represents some 370 businesses throughout the Glebe. Our main goals are to preserve the unique character of this historic and dynamic neighbourhood, support its distinctive owner-operated businesses and let the world know this is a great place to live, shop, visit and do business. To learn more about the Glebe BIA, visit us online at www.intheglebe.ca.