Presented by\nWhen it comes to planning your summer bucket list, there are many things to consider. For one: to stick around the city or to venture out and explore new territory? Although we all love Toronto, there’s so much more to be explored beyond the GTA’s metropolitan limits.\nIf you’re looking for the perfect weekend-escape destination, consider Ottawa. Canada’s capital is actually one of the country’s most vibrant cities. It's rich in history with a booming nightlife and tons of activities and events to keep you busy during the day. Why haven't you visited yet, exactly?\nView this post on Instagram Tried out a new spot! It was definitely a really nice place to go since it wasn't to crowded with people and was a able to enjoy it with peace! Was fun shooting with @landonspics #apt613 #streetshot #myottawa #parliament #downtown #ottawatourism #nicholasplacephoto #ottawa #igersottawa #sunsets #architecture #igersottawa #explorecanada #streetphotography #streetdreamsmag #downtownottawa #outaouaisfun #cangeo #cbcottawa #cangeotravel #casinolacleamyfireworks #casinolacleamy #nationalgalleryofcanada #cllsoundoflight2018 A post shared by Nicholas Place (@nicholasplacephoto) on Aug 8, 2018 at 10:20pm PDT\nJust a four-hour drive from Toronto’s downtown core, Ottawa offers a variety of exciting experiences that you aren’t likely to find around Toronto. From outdoor adventures to activities for the more indoorsy folk in your group, Ottawa has something for every one of your friends to enjoy!\nWhen it comes to mapping out the best activities in the city, Ottawa Tourism is your ultimate guide. Ottawa is so much more than just a place you visited on a field trip; it’s a city electrified with life at its core, with plenty of personality and culture to be discovered - just let the city speak for itself.\nReady to plan your summer trip to Ottawa? Here are our top suggestions for unique activities to check out while you’re in town!\n1. Craft Brewery Tour\nView this post on Instagram Heart & Crown went on a field trip to one of our fav breweries, @beausallnatural. We got a tour, met the wonderful staff, and of course, tasted some delicious beer. Thanks for having us, Beau’s - we’ll be back again soon! 🍻 A post shared by Heart & Crown Irish Pubs (@heartandcrown) on Apr 26, 2019 at 3:17pm PDT\nWhat’s a vacation without a little happy hour (or day)? Ottawa is home to tons of amazing local craft breweries, chief among them being family-run Beau’s Brewery. Beau’s has been brewing their all-natural specialty beers since 2006, priding themselves on using the best local ingredients from season to season and specializing in everything from radlers to Irish stouts (check out their beer list here). For any beer lovers in your group, this is one brewery that you can’t pass up visiting when you make your way to Ottawa. Of course, there are plenty of other breweries in the area if you wanted to make a day of it and embark on a craft-brewery tour. Cheers!\n2. Marked: Ultimate Adventure Park\nView this post on Instagram Guns out, fun’s out 🔫🔫 Happy Birthday Babe!! 😘 @robinmaclachlan #paintball A post shared by Samantha Bisschops-Patton (@sammbp) on Jun 1, 2019 at 1:42pm PDT\nIf your friends love a jam-packed, action-filled day, you have to check out Marked. There are TONS of different adventures for you to choose from, including laser tag, an outdoor-ranch obstacle course, paintball, axe throwing, archery tag, and much more! This park has been around since 2007 and is one of Ottawa’s top activity destinations, perfect for a day out with friends when you're all looking to get active and have a few good laughs. Pricing for activities vary, but you can compare them here.\n3. Great Canadian Bungee Jumping\nView this post on Instagram Saturday, May 4th 2019, the countdown is ON!! We can’t wait to be back! If you have a booking for a date before then please contact us to change your date or log onto bungee.ca/reservations See you all soon! A post shared by Great Canadian Bungee (@greatcanadianbungee) on Apr 22, 2019 at 4:21pm PDT\nHere’s one for those unafraid of getting out of their comfort zones! The Great Canadian Bungee is Canada’s highest bungee jump, where you can leap from their 200-ft. platform and plummet down towards a limestone quarry lagoon (don’t be surprised if you get a little wet - you might graze the surface of the water!) before safely springing back up into the air with their state-of-the-art safety bungee gear. Located 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa, this is an awesome day excursion for any adventure seeker. Taking the leap with the Great Canadian Bungee will cost $121.77 for your first jump and $60.88 for every additional jump you do.\n4. Sip Cocktails on a Beautiful Patio\nView this post on Instagram THANK YOU to @50sussex for hosting @igersottawa last night at their beautiful building overlooking #Rideaufalls. It was a great night of making new friends and taking in this view! . . . #myottawa #facesottawa #ottawalife #ottawaphoto #ottawa_online #sunset #sharecangeo #photooftheday #ottawamagazine #livelovecanafa #apt613 #narcityottawa #ottawaphotographer #nikon #hey_ihadtosnapthat #raw_canada #visualambassadors #colors_of_day #explorecanada #ImagesofCanada #BytownBlog #dm_your_click #traveldestinations_ig A post shared by Jen (@jdphotos01) on Aug 26, 2018 at 12:45pm PDT\nWhat better way to enjoy the warm weather in Ottawa than indulging in a good old-fashioned patio crawl? There are loads of trendy places to grab a drink and get some fresh air. While this may not seem like the most unique activity, it's ALWAYS a good time, plus where else can you take in such stunning Ottawa views? Tavern on the Hill and Tavern on the Falls offer particularly killer views. Oh, and insane gourmet hot dogs!\n5. Attend a Festival (or Two!)\nView this post on Instagram Friends are like stars, they come and go, but the ones that stay are the ones that glow. Happy birthday to this beautiful star 💕 @dizameh 🎨 @mr.canofdeath . . . #handstand #handstands #wallhandstand #dunbarbridge #ottawafitness #ottawa #myottawa #ottcity #igersottawa #houseofpaint #ottawagraffiti #graffiti #graff #graffitiporn #graffitiwall #graffitiart #streetart #spraypaint #fitnessmotivation #fitnessinspiration #instafit #fitlife #fitfam #fitgirl #fitgirls #strongwoman #strongwomen #calisthenics #femalecalisthenics #calisthenicsgirls A post shared by Julie (@polefitjulie) on Apr 12, 2019 at 8:26am PDT\nLike any other major city, Ottawa experiences its festival primetime during the summer. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in fun cultural events, there are a slew of festivals ranging in theme happening all summer long in the downtown centre. From Capital Pride and RBC Bluesfest to the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival and House of PainT, there’s never a dull moment in the capital.\nYou can check the complete list of festivals happening this summer in Ottawa here!\n6. Skydive with Parachute GO\nView this post on Instagram Bonne chance à tous les wingsuiter qui participent à la compétition GO Race 🛩😎🤘🏼 Good luck to all the wingsuiters competing in the GO Race competition 🛩😎🤘🏻 . . . #gatineauskydive #outaouaisfun #parachutegoskydive #goskydive #ottawatourism #ottawa #gatineau #freak2 #CR+ #pfstrix #gatineautourism #johnnylove A post shared by Parachute GO Skydive (@goskydive.ca) on Jul 14, 2018 at 10:55am PDT\nCalling all adrenaline junkies! Parachute GO Skydive is located right at the Ottawa-Gatineau airport. Jump off a plane at 13,500 feet with an experienced skydiving instructor and fall at 200 km/h for nearly a minute straight for what I can only imagine will be one of the longest and most unforgettable 60 seconds of your life. Oh, and you’ll also get a sweet aerial view of the beautiful Ottawa scenery as you parachute your way back down. Could you ask for any better way to see all of Ottawa? Tandem jumps for first time skydivers start at $199/person, and you can check other prices here.\n7. Relax at Nordik Spa-Nature\nView this post on Instagram Qui dit Nordik Spa-Nature dit plaisir & détente assurés🌞👌🏼🍃 @frederiquedery #spaday #lenordikspa #nature #outaouais #tourisme A post shared by ℍ𝕦𝕞𝕓𝕝𝕖, 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕒 𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕥 𝕠𝕗 𝕂𝕒𝕟𝕪𝕖. (@chloe.lafond) on Aug 13, 2018 at 8:54am PDT\nIf you’re heading to Ottawa for a little weekend escape with your partner, friends, your mom, or basically anyone who isn’t under the age of 18 (kids aren’t permitted), you should definitely consider checking out Nordik Spa-Nature. Treat yourself to one of their many reputable spa treatments or just spend the day floating from pool to pool, surrounded by nature. Whichever you choose, you get to spend the entire day lounging about in a bathrobe, so it’s a win-win no matter how you look at it, really.\n8. Explore the Marshes with Éco-Odyssée\nÉco-Odyssée\nAll aboard the… paddleboat? That’s right, Éco-Odyssée provides the unique opportunity to paddle along through a water maze of Ottawa's marshes, where you'll discover the natural habitat of one of Canada’s favourite animals – the beaver. Hop in your boat and explore the world through a beaver’s eyes as you paddle through 60 different intersections spanning 6 km of marshland. Éco-Odyssée is open from June 17 to September 3 this year, and daily departures run from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM.\n9. Whitewater Wilderness Tours\nView this post on Instagram Weekend forecast is calling for hot days with lots of SUN! Summer is finally here! ☀️🙌🌊 A post shared by Wilderness Tours | Resort (@wildernesstours) on Jun 5, 2019 at 8:00am PDT\nIf you’re looking for a group activity to get your adrenaline going, look no further than Ottawa’s Wilderness Tours. Spend the day exploring the Ottawa River as you whitewater raft through the winding streams and rapids. There are a variety of packages to choose from, such as the Classic Resort package: You'll spend one day rafting and one day at the resort while enjoying your nights camping under the stars (five meals included) starting at $199/person. Check out some of their other packages here!\nWant to discover more things to do in Ottawa? Check out Ottawa Tourism’s website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date!