Start the car! These ice cream shops around Ottawa are totally worth the drive.

The next time you feel like you're melting from the heat, why not cool off with some frozen desserts? There are so many under-the-radar gems not too far away, where you can get soft-serve cones, sundaes and more.

Here are seven top picks you'll want to try for yourself.

The Almonte Ice Cream Shop

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Address: 27 Mill St., Almonte, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can get an ice cream cone and eat it while enjoying the view of the nearby waterfall.

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La Cigale

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Address: 14 Chemin Scott, Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: Located near Gatineau Park, you can head here after a hike to cool off with a frozen dessert. They have a rotating menu of almost 70 flavours, including dairy-free options.

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Carp Custom Creamery

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Address: 3763 Carp Rd., Carp, ON

Why You Need To Go: Only 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, you can find an adorable shop where you can try one of 60 ice cream flavours. When you go, make sure to bring your pup, as they also sell cones for dogs.

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Scoops Ice Cream

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Address: 111 Waba Rd., Pakenham, ON

Why You Need To Go: It's a secret gem where you can treat yourself to ice cream, frozen yogurt and sundaes.

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Kemptville Dairy Barn

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Address: 312 King St., Kemptville, ON

Why You Need To Go: Their rainbow soft-serve is nearly too pretty to eat. While here, you can also feast on poutine and burgers.

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Sweet Scoops

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Address: 1 Chambers St., Smiths Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you have a sweet tooth, you are going to love it here. Sweet Scoops not only sells ice cream but fudge, milkshakes, pastries and cakes.

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Mimi's Donuts & Dairy Barn

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Address: 1088 Bridge St., Manotick, ON

Why You Need To Go: While they are best known for their mouthwatering donuts, they also sell ice cream.

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