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8 Ways To Stay Cool In Ottawa If You're Actually Melting In The Heat

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The next time there is a heatwave, you don't need to be stuck sitting in front of your air conditioner. We have fun things to do in Ottawa that will help you stay cool this summer.

It is time to start planning what you'll do this weekend, as you can float along a lazy river, ride a twisting waterslide or discover a new spot for rainbow shaved ice dessert.

Here are eight activities you'll want to try the next time you feel like you are melting in the heat:

Race Your Friends Down A Waterslide

Price: $29.99 per person

When: From June 19

Address: 448 Chemin du Mont-des-Cascades, Cantley, QC

Why You Need To Go: There are so many thrilling waterslides you can try with your friends at Mont Cascades Waterpark.

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Treat Yourself To Ice Cream

Price: $2.50+

Address: 1001 Beaverbrook Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Brett's Ice Cream, they have so many incredible flavours you can add to your soft-serve, such as pina colada, mango, blueberry and strawberry.

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Float On A Lazy River

Price: $49.99 per person

When: From July 1

Address: 2015 Calypso St., Limoges, ON

Why You Need To Go: There are multiple lazy rivers to try at Calypso Theme Waterpark, including one that will take you into a glowing cave.

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Sip A Retro Milkshake

Price: $7.49+

Address: 14 ByWard Market Square, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: They have so many yummy regular or boozy milkshakes you'll want to try. Some top picks are Nutella, mint chocolate chip, lime, or peach.

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Eat Colourful Shaved Ice

Price: $4.75+

Address: 538 Rochester St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Shaka Ice just opened in Ottawa next to Morning Owl Coffeehouse, and they serve refreshing rainbow bowls of shaved ice.

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Feel Like A Kid At A Floating Water Park

Price: $10.00 per person (plus $12.00 beach admission)

When: From June 19

Address: 105 81E. Ave., Saint-Zotique, QC

Why You Need To Go: At Saint-Zotique Beach, there is a floating water park where you can try to tackle all the obstacles.

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Relax Under A Patio Umbrella A Beer Garden

Price: $6.00+

Address: 345 Preston St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Ottawa has a secret beer garden where you can relax in the shade next to leafy plants.

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Go For A Swim At A Beach

Price: Free

Address: 2805 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to spend a thing to go for a swim at Britannia Beach.

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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.