Good weather is finally just around the corner. In a few weeks, we'll be brunching on outdoor patios, raving at music festivals, and feeling the wind blow through our hair while we hit the open road with the windows down and music playing.
Whether you have your own car, are a passenger in your best friend's, or are thinking about souping up an old Volkswagen van to finally live out your #vanlife dreams this summer, as soon as the snow melts off the roads, you're going to want to take advantage of it. To help you out, we've created the ultimate Ottawa road trip list, so all you have to think about is what you're going to pack, who you're going to bring, and which playlist you're going to blast.
You don't even have to worry about how you're going to keep all of your electronics charged - we have you covered there, too! Each stop on this list is serviced by Hydro Ottawa, so whether you're stopping at a hotel or parking in a campsite, you can be sure a charge spot will never be far away.
Take Your Camera to Nepean Point
Start your trip off with a few Instagram-worthy shots of beautiful Nepean Point, a scenic hill overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament, the Canadian Museum of History, and other iconic features of downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. If you're after a really scenic lookout point, head here after dark to see Parliament Hill lit up by Hydro Ottawa.
After you've taken a good look at what's across the river, head over to Nepean's Putting Edge, the illuminated mini-golf course and arcade that looks like it came straight out of Avatar.
Savour Ottawa's Wine Country in Richmond
Prepare your palate for some serious wine tasting. Local vineyard and winery Jabulani is open all summer long, offering tours that last 2 hours and include 10 wine samples accompanied by bread, cheese, and fruit. At a mere $20.00, how can you say no?! Tastings are Friday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Did you know making wine takes a lot of energy? And we're not just talking the physical kind from all that grape stomping. It takes over 700,000 kWh of electricity to process a tonne of grapes into the finished product. That’s the consumption of 60 Canadian homes per year. So when you're sipping on your cool glass of white at the vineyards in Richmond, be sure to thank Hydro Ottawa for powering the refrigerators, pumps, lighting and bottling that make that vino your holding possible.
Go Golfing in Kanata
Once you've finished mini-putting in Nepean, try golfing with the big boys in Kanata. Take a relaxing stroll through the green and try your hand at one of the many 18-hole courses available in the area. When you're done, head to the clubhouse for a well-earned drink, or grab a cold one -- kept cool by the fridges powered by Hydro Ottawa -- from one of the many golf carts/mini bars driving around the course.
Visit the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Gloucester
Do you have a passion for science, technology, and electricity? The Canadian Science and Technology Museum provides a highly digital experience for visitors, with exhibitions covering everything from space technology and transportation to agriculture and sound. The illuminating exhibitions and light tunnels here also make for pretty great Instagram shots, so you can thank Hydro Ottawa for powering it all and taking your Insta game from 0 to 100.
Let Loose in Stittsville
Sample the local brew at Stittsville's own microbrewery, Covered Bridge Brewing, and sip on favourites like Moustache Smash, Lumbersexual, and Bridge Over the River "Chai". And don't forget to try some delicious beer ice cream - their creamy Amber Rose Caramel ice cream, kept cold by Hydro Ottawa, is to die for!
Visit Watson's Mill in Manotick
Manotick is an adorable suburb of Ottawa - one that seriously doesn't get enough attention. This small community is one of a kind and offers locally produced food, drinks, and crafts. It's also home to Watson's Mill, the grist and flour mill that attracts many to Ottawa each year. You can even buy locally made stone-ground wheat flour, which is produced on site. And be sure to keep an ear out for the bands that plug in their basses, drums and microphones to entertain visitors!
The Ottawa area has plenty to offer its visitors, and this road trip list (and Hydro Ottawa) will help you see it all! From powering the science museum in Gloucester to the vineyards that make wine tasting in Richmond possible - and let's not forget keeping your phone charged at the campsites and hotels you stay at - Hydro Ottawa helps keep your road trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible.