Three cheers for the weekend! If you want to have fun without wading through crowds, you're in luck. There are plenty of things to do in Ottawa this weekend where you can keep your distance and still have a banging time. 

From scenic parks that are perfect for a picnic, to outdoor escape rooms filled with fascinating history, there’s a little something to pique everyone’s interests.

So strap on your adventure hats and get ready to enjoy a peaceful side of the capital.

Chase Waterfalls At Hogs Back Park

Price: Free

When: Daily, 7 a.m.-dusk

Address:  600 Hogs Back Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can wander through this peaceful park, stopping to soak up all of the waterfall views.


Hike To Hidden Sand Dunes In Pinhey Forest 

Price: Free

When: Open daily

Address: Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: When it comes to Ottawa's hidden gems, these secret sand dunes are one of the best.


Admire Unique Rock Sculptures At Remic Rapids Park

Price: Free

When: Open daily

Address: Sir John A. Macdonald Pkwy., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: These balanced rock sculptures are a unique find and the scenery around them isn't too shabby either.


Indulge With A Quiet Picnic At Patterson Creek

Price: Free

When: Open daily

Address: Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This quiet slice of paradise is one of the earliest parks created by Ottawa's National Capital Commission, dating back to 1905. You'll feel like you're walking through a fairytale here.


Enjoy An Outdoor Escape Room Theatre At Billings Estate

Price: $22.75 per person

When: Saturday, October 17

Address: 2100 Cabot St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a socially distanced outdoor escape room mixed with live history performances as you travel back in time to solve a mystery.


Wander Through A Boardwalk Paradise At Mer Bleue Bog

Price: Free

When: Open daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Address: Ridge Rd, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: The bog is especially beautiful this time of year. So if you've never met a boardwalk trail you didn't love, this is one that's definitely worth exploring.


Check Out Colourful Prisms On Sparks Street

Price: Free

When: Until October 25

Address: Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can walk through a colourful crystal path and snap some dazzling selfies while you're there.


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