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Imagine sitting under a red umbrella next to a willow tree, as you sip coffee and watch paddlers pass you by on a flowing canal. It doesn't sound like an afternoon in Ottawa, but it could be you this summer in the city.

The three NCC Bistros are reopening for the season, including the newest pop-up bistro patio at Patterson Creek Park next to the Rideau Canal. You'll be able to eat local pastries, snacks, coffee and beer on a quiet hidden patio starting mid-May.

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The city of Ottawa is not the boring, sleepy town that so many non-locals believe it to be. If you're planning a fun day trip or a visit to the capital you cannot miss these eleven hidden gems in Ottawa that the locals want to keep a secret.

Even Ottawa natives may be surprised that the city has multiple hidden waterfalls, desert sand dunes, turquoise waters and lookout decks falling under the radar. Grab the car keys for an adventure in the city full of bucket list activities.

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