Leave your wallet behind!
If you are looking for ways to save your money, we got you covered. Here are free things to do in Ottawa that you'll want to try before summer is over.
If you are eager to visit the National Gallery Of Canada's new Rembrandt exhibit, there is no need to pay full price. Instead, you can go without paying a thing on Thursday nights if you pre-book tickets. Or you can lace up your sneakers and follow a cultural trail to epic sights.
Here are eight fun things to do:
Hike To Sand Dunes
Address: NCC Trail 32B, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Hidden right in the middle of the city, you can find the Pinhey Sand Dunes. Here you can marvel at the surreal landscape, surrounded by forest.
Follow A Cultural Trail
Address: Ruisseau de la Brasserie, Gatineau, QC
Why You Need To Go: The Gatineau Cultural Trail is a walking route that will take you to stunning artworks like a giant carousel and colourful murals.
Cycle Around Ottawa
When: Every weekend from May 1 to October 11
Address: Multiple locations in Ottawa
Why You Need To Go: Every weekend Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Etienne Cartier Parkway are closed to vehicles, so it is the perfect opportunity to go cycling.
Have A Picnic By The Water
Address: Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Pack a blanket and some food and enjoy a relaxing meal next to the Ottawa River. One fantastic spot to go is Remic Rapids Park, as there is plenty of room to have a picnic, and you can also explore the stone sculptures in the water.
Spend The Day At The Beach
Address: Westboro Beach, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: No summer would be complete without spending at least one day relaxing on the beach and going for a swim.
Marvel At Extraordinary Art
When: Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can pre-book free admission tickets to explore the National Gallery Of Canada, including the new Rembrandt exhibit.
Stop And Smell The Flowers
Address: 75 National Capital Commission Scenic Driveway, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: At the Ornamental Gardens, you can see multiple types of roses in a rainbow of colours.
Visit A Museum
When: Thursdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 240 McLeod St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can visit the permanent galleries at the Canadian Museum Of Nature for free on Thursday evening if you pre-book your admission ticket.
Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.