Spring and summer in Ottawa are amazing for good weather, and we can use that excuse to not be stuck inside at the gym. However, if we all want that summer body, we gotta make time to break a sweat.
You may think the only place to work out outdoors in Ottawa is Gatineau Park, but you're so wrong. There are amazing places if you really look, and ones you don't even know exist. Got a soccer field by your house? Sprint up and down the field! That sounds super boring, so I found some better alternatives for you. Here are 10 places to get an intense outdoor workout in Ottawa.
New Edinburgh Park // Calisthenics Park
This could technically be classified as an outdoor gym, since it has amazing equipment to get you ripped. They have pull up bars, parallel bars and low-bars as well as a trail that you can do cardio on! This is a perfect workout during the spring, summer and fall time especially if the weather is too nice to workout indoors.
Parliament Hill // Yoga
You may not think of yoga as a very intense workout, but until you've done it in +30 degree weather, leave your opinions elsewhere please. Yoga is a super relaxing, but intense, workout if you let it be intense. Especially since Parliament Hill Yoga should technically be considered hot yoga, you'll be working up a sweat and your shoulders and abs will be killing you the next day.
Plaza Bridge Stairs // Running Stairs
If you're not much of a nature person, you can still find great places to workout in Ottawa. Right in the heart of downtown are the Plaza Bridge stairs that will give you such an intense workout if you run them a few times. Even better, you'll get in your cardio and a leg/butt workout. Score!
Pink Lake // Running Stairs
Now, if you like nature, running stairs in Gatineau Park will be fun for you. Pink Lake is a hiking trail, but it also has so many stairs that will work that booty and those legs while burning major calories. Also, the view of the water definitely does not hurt!
Ottawa SUP // Stand Up Paddleboarding
If you're never tried stand up paddleboarding, it's really something you need to dabble in. It's definitely way harder than it looks, but you can either do it standing up or on your knees. There are so many amazing places to do stand up paddleboading in Ottawa, since we're surrounded by water.
Elmdale Tennis Club // Tennis
If you're more of a sports person that just working out, don't worry, I got you. Tennis is such a fun sport, even if you're a beginner, you can learn quickly. There are plenty of places around Ottawa to play tennis, but at Elmdale Tennis Club you can become a member so you can play whenever you want.
Rideau Canal // Running
There are so many places to run in Ottawa, but let's be real, the Rideau Canal is one of the prettiest. You get the view of the water, the sun shining down on you as well as the view of downtown. It's a long route too, but you'll get such a good and intense workout especially if you run on a hot day!
Dow's Lake // Kayaking
The ultimate arm workout without lifting weights! If you're ever gone kayaking, you know how strenuous it is on your arms/back. I mean, I just complain the entire time but I'm sure we all do. It's beautiful on a hot summer day, and if you fall into the water, it won't be freezing cold. Bonus?
King Mountain Trail // Hiking
We are lucky to have such amazing trails to hike on in Gatineau Park. Just a short drive from Ottawa is King Mountain Trail, which is a 1.9 kilometre trail and it has 10 beautiful lookouts. At the very top is the best lookout of all, and the hike is about an hour long. Get ready to burn some major calories during this hike!
Experimental Farm Pathway Trail // Biking
This bike path is an easy one, but it's also super long which makes it intense. The Experimental Farm Pathway Trail is 8.5 km long, but it's mostly a flat trail with a few hills. If you ride this bike path all the way through, you'll work up a huge sweat and will burn a ton of calories. You'll feel amazing afterwards, and the scenery doesn't hurt either!