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Summer's Almost Over So Here Are All The Things You Need To Do In Ottawa Before It Ends

Believe it or not there are only two more months of summer left. It all happened in a flash, it feels like yesterday we were celebrating the fact that the snow had finally melted! Once the end August comes around we'll all feel the fall breeze start to roll in. Sure fall is stunning and pretty fun, but we have to all take advantage of this amazing weather while it's still here.

One thing is for sure, you better not be complaining about this hot weather! Cause I bet you would rather stand outside in the sun rather than -30 degree winter cold. Instead of staying inside your air conditioned place you need to get outside and soak up the summer sun. 

Content disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. The locations listed below may or may not have changed their regulations in regards to what you can or cannot do on site since the article was last updated. Always consult with local authorities. If you do plan to visit a location, know the risks beforehand and respect the environment.

Tavern On The Falls

Where: 1 John St

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Tavern On The Falls opened up in Ottawa this summer and it is a great patio to hit up while it's still hot. While you sip on your drink you will take in views of the Ottawa River as well as the falls. If you don't have a clear view of the falls, you will still here relaxing the sounds of the falls.


Calypso Theme Waterpark

Where: 2015 Calypso St, Limoges

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Calypso Theme Waterpark is the largest waterpark in Canada and you have to visit it before this summer ends. You will spend your day having fun under the sun. From going on Canada's tallest rides to swimming in the nation's biggest wave pool, you two will have a blast.


Quelque Chose Pâtisserie

Where: 70 George St

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Calling all macaron lovers, this spot 100% has to be on your summer ice cream bucket list. This adorable cafe always comes through when it comes to being super innovative and creative with sweet treats. Let's not forget their epic macaron milkshakes and ice cream sandwich macarons that they served up last summer.


Mosaïculture Gatineau

Where: 164 Laurier St, Gatineau

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If you missed the event last summer, don't miss it again this year! After last years success, the Mosaïculture sculptures are back with stunning new designs. The sculptures will be at Parc Jacques-Cartier from June 22nd to October 15th. This year the event is not free, so be sure to visit their website about ticket information.


Rooftop Patios

Where: Multiple Locations

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There are so many gorgeous rooftop patios in the city that you need to hit up this summer. Sooner than you know it the snow will be covering these roofs and all of the patio furniture will be packed away. Visit one of these unreal patios for a great day to have a drink.


Princess Louise Falls

Where: St Joseph Blvd

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Summer isn't complete without discovering at least one waterfall. This pretty waterfall is hidden in Orleans and summer is the best time to visit it. Seriously this waterfall will make you feel like you're not in Ottawa! The waterfall is not something you can find easily, so be sure to have your exploring shoes on because it's time to adventure.


Flapjack's Canadian Diner

Where: 354a Preston St

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Flapjack's Canadian Diner is responsible for creating these crazy beach buckets. Each sangria bucket has 13 ounces of Sparkling Wine and each mimosa bucket has 13 ounces of Sangria wine. They are filled with unicorn and flamingo shaped ice cubes and come with swirly straws and a shovel!


Casino Du Lac Leamy Sound of Light Fireworks

Where: 100 Laurier St

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The Casino Du Lac Leamy Sound of Light Firework show happens every August at the Canadian Museum of History. The firework displays are synchronized to music, making the experience even better when you're at the museum. This year the countries competing are Spain, United States, China, and Germany.


Arbraska Laflèche

Where: 255 Route Principale, Val-des-Monts

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Having a day outside doing zip lines and exploring caves in the winter sounds like a nightmare. So before the snow falls you have to go to this adventure park. From zip-lining to aerial courses to cave explorations, the options of thrill seeking are truly endless.


Il Vicolo

Where: 118 Clarence St

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Il Vicolo is hidden away in Ottawa’s ByWard Market and it is so cute. The pizza place is relatively new, it opened up late last year and has been serving exceptional pizza to customers since. From the hanging flowers to the lights that turn on at night, you will instantly fall in love with this restaurant. The cute alleyway patio is a must visit this summer!


Nordik Spa-Nature

Where: 16 Chemin Nordik

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Sure you can head here during the winter, but let's be real, who wants to walk outside when it's -30 degrees! Nordik Spa Nature is in the heart of nature's beauty making it a great place to escape from reality. The spa is the largest Nordic spa across Canada and the largest day spa in North America.


Northern Lights Sound and Light

Where: Wellington St

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Every summer Parliament Hill showcases their Northern Lights Sound and Light show for free. This summer activity is a great way to end your night after spending your day downtown. The show is on until September 3rd and will happen every night on the Hill.


Rockcliffe Boathouse

Where: Sir George-Étienne Cartier Pkwy

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The views from the Rockcliffe Boathouse are insane! Since the patio floats on a river, you are sure to fall in love with the sounds of water, birds, and trees as they blow in the summer wind. The Rockcliffe Boathouse is the perfect spot to visit if you want to have a day drink with your friends. While you sit on the patio is moves with the waves making is extremely soothing and peaceful.


Vieux Hull

Where: 166 Rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Gatineau

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To see those umbrellas, follow the cultural trail in downtown Gatineau and you will be amazed. This is a great place to go for a few cute summer photos. While there you can eat at the patios close by and take in the views of the installation. The umbrellas are the perfect pop of colour to add to your Instagram page! Simply head down Laval Street and you will stumble upon this hidden gem.


Navan Fair

Where: 1279 Colonial Rd

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From the ferris wheel to cotton candy you will definitely feel like a kid again at this fun fair. Fairs are what summer is all about! Whether you like chill rides like the Ferris Wheel or rides that will give you an adrenaline rush, there's something for everyone at the Navan Fair. The fair usually has dog shows, concerts, horse shows, and of course, a ton of rides.


Breathtaking Hike

Where: Multiple Locations

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Did you even have a summer without going on at least one hike? There are so many places in and around Ottawa where you can go to have the most breathtaking views ever. Whether you enjoy simple hikes or like a challenge, there really is something for everyone.


Sundae School 

Where: 131B Beechwood Avenue

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Any ice cream lover will love Sundae School. The new cafe serves up a variety of sundaes that will have you two feeling like kids again. From Nerd flavoured ice cream to stunning wall art, this is a great place to head to while the weather is still nice and hot!


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