The countdown is officially on and 2018 is a few days away. You're probably planning what you're going to do for New Year's Eve, who you'll be with, and what you'll wear, but I bet you haven't planned what you're doing once it is 2018! This list of 48 things to do will give you a great plan to cease every single month that you have this coming year.
The best thing we can all do this 2018 is spread love and spend time with people we love. All of the things happening this year are great for bonding with those we love and creating memories that will last a lifetime. With Ottawa 2017 all finished, it's easy to say that 2018 will be super boring, but honestly, it won't. People who complain about there being nothing to do tend to never search for anything to do. Don't be that person this year... who complains but never does.
From events to festivals Ottawa has so much is happening this year. There are also so many things you can do around the city to make the most out of your year. Before this all happens in a flash, make sure you plan wisely and make the most out of your 2018.
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Go skating at the Parliament Hill Rink
Now this is a must during 2018. Seriously if you haven't already made your way to Parliament Hill for a skate you have to do it ASAP. The rink will be open through the winter and is expected to close in February. Head to Parliament Hill for a once in a lifetime skate that you will never forget.
Hit up Level On Game Pub and get competitive
Escape from the chilly winter cold and stay inside playing some games while sipping on some drinks. For only $5.50 you can play any video game you wish! Plus you can head upstairs to The Loft Board Game Lounge to play some boardgames too!
Visit the Alight At Night outdoor light festival
Head to Eastern Ontario's biggest outdoor light festival before it's too late. Upper Canada Village has fully transformed into a magical winter wonderland that is 100% worth seeing. The winter wonderland magic comes to an end on January 6th, so make your way before it's gone!
Unwind from December madness at Nordik Spa-Nature
Honestly, after the insane rollercoaster of December it's time to just completely relax. At Nordik you will feel like you've entered another world. From the soothing music you hear when you enter to the amazing smells throughout the spa, it is 100% worth visiting.
Head to Gatineau to see Mosaïvernales
I am so excited to see this new winter wonderland creation this January. On January 28th, the Mosaï 150 sculptures we all remember from the summer will be transformed into winter ice sculptures! What better way to spend your day embracing the winter weather than outside admiring these giant ice sculptures. Winterlude will be happening in February as well, but if you want a change, I would head to Gatineau.
Skate on a 3km path at Patinage en Foret
What a perfect Valentines Day date with your bae or your BFFs. At Patinage en Foret you can skate through a 3km pathway through the forest. What makes this even better is that it only costs $13 per ticket! This is a perfect way to get outside during the winter while taking in stunning nature.
Treat yourself to a fancy dinner at Mati Ottawa
Make your way to Mati Ottawa for a fresh and unique meal. This is the perfect restaurant to hit up if you're in search for a new classy place to enjoy your Valentines Day dinner at. Mati Ottawa is a crudo and charcoal restaurant, which are styles of cooking in Greece and Italy.
Watch the unique Ice Dragon Boat Racing
The Ice Dragon Boat Racing happens every February in Ottawa and it is crazy. Each year teams compete in a race in boats that have skates attached to their bottoms, it really is something to see! This year the race will be on the Rideau Canal Skateway. The worlds largest ice dragon boat event will be happening this year and you should not miss out!
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Head to Sugar Lumberfest at Lansdowne Park
This is the second year that the Sugar Lumberfest will take on Ottawa so if you missed it last year, here's your second chance. Make sure you reserve your seat for one of three sittings to indulge on a non-traditional gourmet menu prepared by Rituel’s chef Jean-Philippe Ménard. There will also be a hot chocolate bar, maple taffy bar, and a lumberjack competition!
Spend the day outside and ski at one of Ottawa's ski hills
There are so many ski hills close to Ottawa that are 100% worth visiting if you love winter outdoor activities. Whether you ski or snowboard, this is a great way to embrace the winter chill and go with the flow. Pack up your snow pants and goggles because it's time to race down the hill.
Become an artist at Paint Nite Ottawa
Painting is such a fun activity seriously, whether you're artistic or not it is a great way to relax and have fun. Paint Nite Ottawa is a fun way to do something different with your friends and family. The best part is you get to keep the painting once you're done. So if you're in search of some art for your place, why buy it when you can paint one for yourself!
Get active at Archery Games
If you've still never been to Archery Games, you have to go here this year. This is a super fun way to unleash some energy and get some physical activity in. While inside Archery Games you can completely fool yourself by thinking it's summer and escape from the reality of winter.
Take a stroll along the Rideau Canal
Blessssss, April is upon us and the snow is finally starting to melt and even though it looks ugly AF, we all know spring is around the corner. What better way to embrace the warmer weather than going on a spring a stroll along the Rideau Canal. I'm not promising it will be the prettiest of walks, but I am promising you will feel spring in the air.
Try your best to escape from the Diefenbunker Escape Room
Escape Manor teamed up with The Diefenbunker Museum to create this spectacular escape room. Booking a spot to play in the escape can be challenging so I suggest you book about a month in advance if you want to go with a big group. This is a super fun activity to do with your entire squad sometime this year.
Explore the absolutely stunning Notre Dame Cathedral
If you're still never been inside the Notre Dame Cathedral then you're missing out on something amazing. The Cathedral is absolutely stunning both on the inside and the outside. From the bright blue ceiling to the unreal pillars, this will make you feel like you're in Europe!
Unleash your anger towards winter and throw some axes at BATL
Although spring is close, there is still snow on the ground and slush everywhere. This is the time we are all hating everything about winter. From the splashes of salt on our jeans to the annoyance of putting on a jacket, there is no better way to unleash it than by throwing axes at BATL.
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Visit the pretty Canadian Tulip Festival
This has to be one of my personal favourite things to do during May. Not only do I love tulips, but there's something so uplifting about seeing colourful flowers blossom (especially after winter). With the weather finally warmer, taking a walk through the pretty tulips is a great way to say hello to spring/summer.
Indulge in a yummy cupcake from The Cupcake Lounge
Who doesn't love a delicious gourmet cupcake?! Make your way to The Cupcake Lounge to enjoy the most amazing cupcake ever. Here you can try an Oreo, Maple Cinnamon, or Red Velvet cupcake. The Cupcake Lounge also offers gluten-free options, so if you eat gluten-free, you're covered.
Take part in Ottawa's annual Race Weekend
Annually Ottawa's Race Weekend completely shuts down Downtown Ottawa. So many streets are closed off with thousands of runners taking the streets. Whether you're a runner or not this is such a nice way to kick off your summer! At the end of the race you receive a medal, so no matter what place you come in you're a winner.
Attend Ottawa ComiCon 2018
From May 11th to May 13th Ottawa ComiCon will take place. Last year Ottawa ComiCon welcomed so many iconic actors including Mathew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter), Adam West from Batman, and Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale! Who knows who will come in 2018!
Unleash your inner Tarzan at Arbraska Laflèche
Zipline from one tree to the next at Arbraska Laflèche. This is a great way to enjoy the summer weather while doing something super fun and unique. If you're an outdoorsy thrill seeker then you will 100% have fun here.
Take in the beautiful views at Andaz Ottawa Byward Market
Make your way to Andaz Ottawa Byward Market for a drink and some views. This hotel in the ByWard Market is one of, if not the best place to see Ottawa from above. If you're looking for something boujee and classy to do then you need to visit Andaz.
Attempt to conquer Ottawa's Ultimate Ice Cream bucket list
Summer has begun so it's time to start knocking off ice creams from Ottawa's bucket list. Whether you enjoy gelato or soft serve or even if you're vegan, there are plenty of places in Ottawa you have to try to cool off this summer. Plan your summer right and try out some of the most yummy ice cream places in the city.
Try to get a hole in one at one of Ottawa's Mini-Putting courses
Mini-putting is totally underrated. It's a super fun way to spend a summer day outside. Whether it's a date with your bae or a day out with your squad, getting competitive over mini-putting is always a fun time.
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Spend your day at Morrison's Quarry (and get a cute Insta of course)
In 2017 Morrison's Quarry was discovered by many people and if you didn't make your way last year you have to in 2018. Just 30 minutes away from Ottawa, the not-so-hidden swimming hole makes for the perfect hang out spot during the summer time. With Ottawa's lack of "beaches" this quarry gives us Ottawans a chance to live our "beach" dreams.
Spend your day dancing away to live music at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
From July 5th to the 15th, Ottawa Bluesfest will be back again. The annual music festival is always a good time. Last year the line up was alright, nothing too bad but nothing too great either. This year we're all hoping for an unreal lineup for some unreal nights.
Share a day drink with your friends while trying to conquer Ottawa's Patio Bucket List
Ottawa has so many nice patios to day drink at during the summer. Seriously, now is the time to embrace the hot weather because sooner than you know it the snow will be on the ground. With so many amazing patios to visit, attempting to conquer the bucket list with your friends is a perfect summer challenge to take on.
Have a blast at Calypso Theme Waterpark
Spending the day at Calypso Theme Waterpark is super fun and will 100% help cool you off. If you love rides and swimming then you are for sure going to enjoy your time at this waterpark. Pack your sunscreen, bathing suit, and your glasses because it's time to take on the summer heat.
Rent A Canoe, Kayak, Or Paddle Board On Dow's Lake
Calling all nature loving outdoorsy people in Ottawa, if you still have never canoed or kayaked on Dow's Lake then this is the year to try it. Canoeing and kayaking are the best ways to enjoy the last couple of months of summer and take in natures beauty.
Treat yourself to a bubble waffle cone at Golden Bubbles
Golden Bubbles opened up last year in Ottawa and we are all so happy it did. We finally have a spot in the ByWard Market to hit up and enjoy a bubble waffle cone ice cream. Golden Bubbles shares its space with My Sweet Tea, so you can literally get bubble everything on the same day!
Attend Ottawa Greek Fest for some traditional Greek experiences
Greek Fest opens on August 9th and will be open for 10 days of Greek fun. Whether you go for the traditional music or the delicious foods or great dancing, Greek Fest is sure to have you feeling welcome. If you go you have to try the traditional Greek dessert called loukoumades, seriously, that's my personal favourite thing about the festival!
Go glamping at Elements Luxury Tented Camp
For all the boujee people out there, Elements Luxury Tented Camp is calling your name. If you're always wanting to go camping but you're too afraid of bugs or wild animals, then you have to check out these luxury tents. It's a great way to escape reality and embrace natures beauty while at the same time feeling comfortable and at home.
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Watch the annual Panda Game between UOttawa Gee-gees and the Carleton Ravens
Every year the University of Ottawa competes against Carleton University at TD Place Stadium. This is a great way to have a fun time out with your squad. During the Panda Game there are usually a ton of parties and get-togethers at both universities. Whether you love football or not, it's always fun to choose a team you think will win and watch it pan out.
Get into Fall mode at Oktoberfest
From September 27th to the 29th Oktoberfest comes to Ottawa. The Fall Harvest Music Festival is the perfect way to get into the Fall spirit and break out some of your best scarfs and boots. Many artists perform while you can drink from a selection of over 20 beer, wine, and ciders.
Vibe out to some great music at City Folk Festival
There really is nothing like going to a music festival with your closest friends and dancing the night away. Last year City Folk Festival welcomed musical talents including Post Malone and Ruth B, so we're hoping for a great lineup this year too!
Get some stunning photos while accomplishing Ottawa's Hiking Bucket List
What better way to take in all of natures beauty. Hiking is such a nice activity to do during fall months because you get to see the changing leaves as well as take in the last bits of nice weather. It is also a great way to get some exercising done while not even feeling like you're doing that much. Climb up and down some hills and check out the stunning views.
Take on Ottawa's Haunted Walk before Halloween
Now that it's October it's time to start planning what you're going to do to creep yourself out for Halloween. One easy way to get spooked in by taking Ottawa's Haunted Walk tour. Not only will you learn a bit about Ottawa's history, you will also be scared by the spooky stories that are told.
Enjoy a yummy bubble tea at Chatime
Chatime opened up in 2017 and if you've never been then you have to go this year. Chatime serves up the most unreal bubble tea. Some flavours include Hazelnut Chocolate Milk Tea, Jasmine Green Tea Mousse, and Mango Green Tea. Not to mention the purple neon sign is perfect for your Insta page.
Try out one of Ottawa's creepy escape rooms
Ottawa is home to so many escape rooms. October is the perfect time to get spooked by a creepy escape room. Whether it's a Serial Killer Charade or an Asylum room, Ottawa is not lacking when it comes to escape rooms. It's a super fun way to spend some time with your friends while cracking codes and solving clues.
Pick out the perfect Halloween pumpkin from Millers Farm and Market
Talk about a perfect fall thing to do. What better way to prepare for Halloween than to head to a farm and pick out your very own pumpkin. With fall in full swing, October is the month of the pumpkin, from PSL's to pumpkin ice creams, there's nothing that screams "It's Fall" more than going to a pumpkin patch.
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Get warm and cozy sipping on some hot drinks at any Lowkey Ottawa Cafe
Ottawa is home to so many lowkey cafes that are perfect for an escape from the winter cold. There really is nothing better than sipping on a hot drink while reading a book or browsing on your laptop. Heading to a cafe is a great way to catch up with some of your BFFs or just having a bit of alone time.
Jump the day away at Skyzone
With the chilly weather now upon us, there's no better way to warm up than by jumping away. At Skyzone you can jump on trampolines, play basketball, and do tricks into foam pits. If you're a Kardashian fan you know you've seen the whole family jump away at a place like Skyzone.
Head to Lansdowne to cheer on the Ottawa Redblacks
Support Ottawa's football team by heading to Lansdowne and watching a game. Football games are always fun to go to, from the moment the ball is kicked off the energy in the stadium is extremely high and upbeat. The roar of the crowds will get you off your feet and cheer for the Ottawa Redblacks.
Escape the chilly weather and explore Ottawa's many museums
Museums are perfect places to go to if it's cold outside and you still want to do something with your day. Not only are they a great winter escape, they are also easy on your bank account. With December spending just around the corner, you better start saving every penny. The best part about museums is that most of them are FREE on Thursdays after 5 pm (bless).
Have a once in a lifetime experience at Escapade Eskimo
Now, this is a super unique winter activity. If you're looking for something to do that is completely out of your norm, I think you have found it! Head to Escapade Eskimo to check something insane off your bucket list. I can't be the only person that thinks of the movie Snow Dogs when they see a dog sleigh.
Visit the incredible Tinseltown Christmas Emporium
I mean... you can do this all year round, but I think December is the perfect month to visit the Tinseltown Christmas Emporium. From stunning ornaments to sparkly decorations, you will feel like you've teleported to the North Pole real quick. To make this even better, you can totally go and spend less than $10, so yes, this is a great way to get into the holiday spirit without breaking your bank account.
Spend the day sledding at Green's Creek
Yes, winter has its downfalls, but we can't only complain. We have to make the most of it! What better way to spend your day than becoming a kid again. To make this winter activity even better... it's 100% free!
Skate on the Sens Rink of Dreams
Whether you're a pro at skating or just a starting out, skating is a super fun activity to do in the winter. The rink normally opens in December is surrounded by glowing LED lights making the rink light up at night. Just outside of Ottawa's City Hall, the colourful lights reflect off of the shiny ice making it a winter wonderland.