Last year wasn't all bad news. We gathered up the top things to do around Ottawa that our readers loved most in 2020.

Between toilet paper hoarding and learning how to make sourdough bread, we've had the chance to rediscover our city and find the incredible sights and bites we didn't know existed.

There are plenty of secret gems you need to discover, from a cake vending machine to a hike to a giant dune. You'll definitely want to add everything below to your 2021 bucket list. 

Sleeping Next To Wolves

Why Ottawa Loved It: You can safely sleep next to wolves in a jaw-dropping log cabin.

Price: 💸💸💸

Address: 399 QC-323, Montebello, QC

Visiting A Field Of Sunshine

Why Ottawa Loved It: The giant field of sunflowers at the Central Experimental Farm is sure to put a smile on your face.

Price: 💸

Address: 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON 

Relax Inside A Giant Snow Globe

Why Ottawa Loved It: For an unforgettable weekend escape you can go glamping under the stars in a dome with a transparent roof.

Price: 💸💸💸

Address: 3160 6e Rang, Saint-Calixte, QC

Hiking To Ruins By A Waterfall

Why Ottawa Loved It: Just outside the city you can find abandoned ruins next to a waterfall.

Price: Free

Address: Gatineau Park, 33 Chemin Scott, Chelsea, QC

Swimming In Turquoise Water

Why Ottawa Loved It: The water at this swimming hole is so bright turquoise it looks like it could be in the Caribbean. 

Price: 💸

Address: The Morrison Quarry, Chelsea, QC

Playing A Game That Could Get You Hired

Why Ottawa Loved It: If you can win Escape Manor's challenging escape room you could get hired by a Canadian spy agency.

Price: 💸💸

Address: 982 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, ON

Discovering Secret Sand Dune

Why Ottawa Loved It: The last thing you expect is to find is a desert-like setting in the middle of the city.

Price: Free

Address: Pinhey Forest, Ottawa, ON

Sipping Cocktails At Hidden Speakeasy

Why Ottawa Loved It: Most locals don't realize there is a hidden speakeasy hidden behind a secret door in the Rabbit Hole.

Price: 💸💸

Address: 208 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON

Eating Cake From A Vending Machine

Why Ottawa Loved It: With the push of a button you can get a seven-layer cake made by a celebrity chef, with every colour of the rainbow.

Price: 💸

Address: 100 Bayshore Dr., 50 Rideau St., & 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.


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