Summer isn't over yet! There is still some time to enjoy the warmer weather in Ottawa. With only a few days left of summer, make the most of the remaining days by enjoying all the extraordinary things there are to do in Ottawa in the summer.
Soak up the sun while splashing at a waterpark, going on a hike or enjoying some of the best patios in the city. Ottawa offers plenty of activities that you need to experience before the weather becomes brisk. Before the leaves begin to change color here are all the things you need to do in Ottawa.
Have A Cocktail At Copper Spirits and Sights
The rooftop patio at the Andaz hotel is one of the nicest in the city, and the perfect spot to enjoy the warm weather. From the rooftop patio, you'll be able to enjoy the spectacular view of the Parliament Buildings and downtown Ottawa.
Visit The Morrison's Quarry Swimming Hole
Just 30 minutes outside of Ottawa is a swimming hole with the clearest water around Ottawa. This hidden gem in Wakefield is the perfect spot to spend a summer day swimming. Access to the swimming hole is $5 but highly worth it to spend the day swimming and working on your tan.
Try A Popsicle From Playa Del Popsical
Enjoy some beachy vibes at Playa Del Popsical. This local food truck sells delicious popsicles which you can enjoy while sitting on patio chairs on the sand. You can find this super cute food truck behind Mrs. Tiggy Winkles on Bank Street.
Attend The Parliament Sound And Lights Show
Until September 3 you can enjoy the free nightly Northern Lights Sound and Lights show at Parliament Hill. The free show starts at 9:30 pm in August and 9:00 pm in September.
Do Yoga On Parliament Hill
Every Wednesday at noon you can enjoy free yoga in front of Parliament. The last session is August 29th, so bring your mat and water and enjoy some relaxing yoga downtown.
Try Out Tavern On The Hill
Make the most of the gorgeous patio weather by spending an evening at Tavern On The Hill or their new location Tavern On The Falls. Both of the seasonal outdoor patios offers beautiful views and are worth visiting while the weather is still warm.
See Princess Louise Falls
If you haven't already, you need to visit Princess Louise Falls. This easily accessible waterfall in Orleans is a popular spot to post pictures of on Instagram as it looks like you are on a tropical vacation. Make sure to bring your bathing suit so you can cool off in the falls.
Go Paddle Boarding With Ottawa SUP
There is still time to try paddleboarding this summer! SUP Ottawa offers group lessons or hourly paddle board rentals so you can get on the water.
Go For A Hike To Pink Lake
For the perfect relaxing summer day, go for a hike around Gatineau Park. One of the favorite trails is to Pink Lake, which is actually not pink at all but blue-green. The simple path is a short loop that will take you through dense forest and to a lookout over the lake. This free summer activity is a beautiful way to enjoy some time in nature.
Eat Gelato At Filuccia Gelateria
Nothing says summer like enjoying a scoop of gelato! Ottawa's first ever gelato food truck opened up this summer and sells the most delicious gelato in a variety of flavors including sour cherry, Tiramisu, salted caramel, lemon, and strawberry.
Watch The Sun Set At Chateau Laurier's Patio
For one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Ottawa, you need to head to the patio at Chateau Laurier. This seasonal patio offers cocktails and delicious food and is the perfect spot to gather with your friends and enjoy the last few evenings of summer before fall arrives.
Explore Mosaïculture Gatineau
You need to see the spectacular plant sculptures at Mosaiculture before the show ends on October 15. Here you'll find 5.5 million plants that create 45 plant sculptures that you need to see. The exhibit is open daily from 10 am till dusk and make a great photo spot.
Relax At Nordik Spa-Nature
Ease yourself into fall with a relaxing visit to Nordik Spa-Nature. Here you can relax your aching muscles at the various hot tubs and saunas before you cool off in their plunge pool. While Nordik Spa-Nature is terrific throughout the year, in the summer the sandy beach lounge area and outdoor Biergarden are particularly lovely when the weather is warm.
See The Umbrellas On The Culture Trail
Before fall arrives, you need to head to Laval Street in Gatineau to see their outstanding umbrella covered road. While the weather is still warm, you can enjoy a meal at one of the many patios in the area and take a picture of the multi-coloured art installation.
Try The Swings At Banditos
Have you tried the swings yet at Banditos? Ottawa's new restaurant Banditos has a fantastic patio with cute outdoor swings that make the perfect spot to take a selfie this summer.
Have A Watermelon Ice Cream At Little Jo Berry
Nothing says summer like watermelon and ice cream, and at Little Jo Berrys you can enjoy both together. Here you can find a variety of vegan treats including their signature soft serve ice cream which is served in a slice of watermelon.
Kayak Around Dow's Lake
Until the Thanksgiving weekend, you can enjoy kayaking around Dows Lake. For a perfect summer day, get out on the water by renting a kayak, peddle boat or canoe by the hour at Dows Lake Pavilion.
Fly Over Ottawa In A Bi-Plane
Get a bird's eye view of Ottawa by soaring over the city in a vintage plane. If you are feeling adventurous you can head to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and book a flight in a vintage open-cockpit biplane!
Watch The Changing Of The Guard
Every summer morning at Parliament Hill you can watch The Changing of the Guard ceremony that takes place at 10 am. The colorful routine began in 1959 and the annual tradition is a free show that is amazing to watch.
Have A Picnic In The Park
Having a picnic is such a classic summer activity as is the perfect way to enjoy the sunshine. Grab your blanket and pack a lunch before heading out to one of the many beautiful parks around Ottawa.
Go Jet-skiing With Jetski Ottawa
Adrenaline lovers, you need to rent a jet-ski and spend the afternoon on the water. If you are looking for even bigger thrills, Jetski Ottawa also offers Flyboards for rent too.
Go On A Boat Tour With Capital Cruises
Get a new view of your city from the water. Captial Cruises offers sightseeing tours and dinner cruises where you'll get to see the Parliament of Canada, Canadian Museum of History, Rideau Falls, and the Prime Minister's residence as you sail down the Ottawa River. These cruises run from May to October, so get your tickets now.
Feed The Animals At Parc Omega
A visit to Parc Omega is sure to fill you with joy. At Parc Omega you can drive get up close to Canadian animals and have the chance to feed them by hand. It is worth visiting this park every season as there is always something new to enjoy, for example, this summer there is a delicious new restaurant.
Hike Around Mer Bleue
Spend a relaxing summer afternoon going for a stroll around Mer Bleue. This massive bog in Ottawa makes for an easy hike as you walk over the boardwalk trail. Here you can see plenty of plants, birds, and wildlife.
Play Mini Golf at Dunn-D’s
Just outside of Ottawa you can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon playing mini golf. Located in Chelsea, Dunn-D’s mini-golf is an 18 hole course with even a waterfall!
Grab a Slice Of Pizza At Il Vicolo
Il Vicolo offers some great outdoor seating and is the perfect spot to grab a slice of pizza. If you are looking for an affordable place to enjoy some delicious pizza come here on Tuesdays when the pizzas are only $10.
Visit The Central Experimental Farm's Sunflower Field
Before the blooms wilt, you need to head to the Central Experimental Farm's beautiful sunflower field. It is you are looking for the perfect backdrop for your next selfie; you need to head here to grab a pic next to the bright yellow flowers.
Get A Cool Treat At The Beach Shack
Head to the beach and order a refreshing treat from The Beach Shack at Mooney's Bay. Here you can get yummy ice cream cones, slushies, and cold drinks.
Watch A Movie At Capital Pop-Up Cinema
This summer watch a movie for free outside. Capital Pop-Up Cinema screens movies outdoor for free, so bring a chair and enjoy their next scheduled film.
Cool Off At Calypso Theme Waterpark
You still have time to enjoy all the thrilling waterslides and fun lazy rivers at Calypso Theme Waterpark which is open until September 3. Pack your bags, and head out to Canada's largest theme waterpark for a fun day in the sun.