Summer has to be the best season of all. You get to go outside whenever you wish. You don't need to struggle to put on boots, a jacket, a scarf, and gloves. You can simply grab your bag, slip on your flip flops, and leave the house in seconds! After the long and never ending winter that we all struggled with, it's time to celebrate summer's arrival. The weather is finally bearable and all we need to carry is a light sweater incase it gets chilly at night! Thank goodness the struggle of winter is in the past now. 

Things are just looking up weather-wise, "official" summer begins next month, but that doesn't mean the weather isn't already a dream come true. There are so many things to do during the summer time. No need to be trapped inside a building for hours it's time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. From patios to popsicles there is something for everyone during these wonderful summer months. 

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Go paddle boarding beside Parliament with Ottawa SUP

Paddle boarding is such a fun summer activity. If you love the outdoors then this is something you will definitely enjoy. It's such a unique experience you will not forget it. Ottawa SUP opened up today and is ready for some summer fun.

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Sip on a drink while soaking up the sun on one of Ottawa's Rooftop Patios

Rooftop patios are one of the best ways to embrace the summer weather. You get to enjoy a delicious meal, drink some refreshing drinks, and completely soak up the summer sun. Whether you go with your BFFs or go on a cute date with your love, this is no doubt one of the nicest things you can do during the summer.

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Get your zen on at Parliament Hill Yoga

Stretch, unwind, and relax while participating in Parliament Hill's yoga classes. The free classes take place every Wednesday at 12 pm. All you need to bring is your yoga mat and yourself! This is a relaxing way to take in Ottawa's beauty and embrace the rays of summer sunshine.

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Take in Ottawa's views at Tavern On The Hill 

Make your way to Tavern On The Hill this summer for a day of beer and gourmet hot dogs. Tavern On The Hill opened up last summer and it is the perfect patio to enjoy during the summer. They serve up cocktails, beers, bubbles, wines, and gourmet hot dogs.

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Enjoy a refreshing popsicle at Playa Del Popsical

You will be immediatly transported to the beach as soon as you arrive at Playa Del Popsical! The cute food truck is hidden on Bank Street and it is sure to cool you down on hot sunny days. They sell delicious homemade popsicles you will surely enjoy. You're in for a true staycation while you cool off at Playa Del Popsical!

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Bike around the city with a VeloGo Bike

What better way to explore the city than by bike! Bringing a car downtown can be a serious struggle and sometimes just walking takes too long. Luckily VeloGo always has their bikes ready to use during the summer time. There are stands across downtown Ottawa so whenever you wish to hop off your bike, you just need to find a stand.

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Watch the sunset at Copper Spirits and Sights 

Copper Spirits and Sights is a stunning upscale bar that has epic views of the city. You and your friends will feel like you're in a movie while soaking up the summer sun. This bar is super unique and is one of the best rooftop patios in the whole city.

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Indulge in a yummy Frulli Popsicle from The Cupcake Lounge

Every summer The Cupcake Lounge treats us all to their Mexican-style paletas. The popsicles come in gelatos or sorbets, so whether you prefer one over the other, you're covered. The Frulli popsicles are made from 100% pure fruit, juice, and milk. Some of the flavours include strawberry cream, strawberry kiwi, and tangerine basil.

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Hideout for the day at The Pond

The Pond is the perfect place to hangout this summer. You can swim at The Pond from June to September between 7 am to 2 pm. Pack up your towels, snacks, and books and chill out at this lowkey spot.

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Sip on some coffee at the Headquarters patio

Headquarters is definitely one of the most modern cafes in the city. The cafe is still fairly new to the city and it serves up the most amazing meals and snacks. All of their meals are made with care and precision, from avo toast to Chai Watermelon salad, there are so many great meals to enjoy.

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Cool off with a popsicle from The Merry Dairy

The Merry Dairy offers up a yummy range of popsicles through the summer. They also serve up great ice cream too, so if you're someone that prefers ice cream, The Merry Dairy has you covered. Some of the great popsicles they serve up include strawberry basil, mango jalapeño, and strawberry lemonade, yum.

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Take a relaxing hike to Pink Lake

Pink Lake is a simple hiking trail to a stunning view. The trail takes you around one of the prettiest lakes in Gatineau Park. It is only 2.5km to walk through and has some of the most outstanding views of turquoise water. If you still haven't made your way here, this summer is your chance to check it out!

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Eat at the stunning Courtyard Restaurant 

Hidden in Ottawa's ByWard Market, the Courtyard Restaurant is a slice of Europe. The outdoor patio will make you feel like you teleported to Italy for the day. You can head to this stunning patio for brunch, lunch, and dinner. This is a beautiful patio that shouldn't be missed this summer!

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Chill out with a popsicle from Chocolats Favoris

Chocolats Favoris is known for their unbelievable soft serve ice cream cones, but they also sell refreshing popsicles too! Their frozen raspberry sorbet bar can be dipped in yummy chocolate for a sweet summer treat.