After living in Ottawa for a few years, you might feel as though you've done it all. Well, think again! There are plenty of bizarre places and unique things to do around Ottawa that no one knows about. To help you discover some of these special spots and activities, we've made a list of all the things you need to try.

If you love puzzles, you should try The Recruit escape room, which could land you a job. The Canadian Communications Security Establishment is using this escape room to actually recruit codebreakers. Meanwhile, if you're looking to fulfill all your dreams of becoming a mermaid, well, now you can. Within Ottawa, there is a class that helps you become a mermaid for a day. Another great spot to discover is a Buddhist monastery close to Ottawa, which will make you feel like you're in Vietnam.

For all you foodies, chances are, you've been to Union Local 613 before. But did you know that behind a secret bookcase, there is another hidden bar you need to discover? Besides that, another unique dining spot can be found on Bank Street, where you can order a meal of tiny food

Here are 11 wonderfully bizarre places and things to do around Ottawa you never knew about:

Visit A Sand Dune

Address: Pinhey Sand Dune Complex, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Many locals have no idea that Ottawa has a sand dune that will make you feel like you're in a desert. 


Eat Tiny Food & Drink Giant Cocktails

Address: 311 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Pudgyboy's, you can fill up on tiny burgers and colossal cocktails.


Find Your Way Into A Hidden Speakeasy

Address: 315 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON 

Why You Need To Go: Behind a secret bookcase, you can find the door to Union 613's hidden speakeasy.


Visit A Cold War Bunker

Price: From $30 per person

Address: 3929 Carp Rd., Carp, ON 

Why You Need To Go: Within the Diefenbunker, you can try to escape the world's largest escape room.


Sleep With Wolves

Price: From $549 per night for four people

Address: 399 Route 323 Nord, Montebello, QC

Why You Need To Go: Parc Omega has a cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows where you can see wolves up-close.


Have Tacos On A Bus

Address: 10 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Inside Zak's Cantina, there's a bus where you can wear a sombrero and enjoy mouthwatering tacos.


Fly In A Vintage Open-Cockpit Plane

Price: From $65 per person

Address: 11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can get a birds-eye view of the city while flying in this vintage plane that has no roof.


Eat The Largest Burrito You Have Ever Seen

Price: $28.50

Address: 105A Clarence St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Burrito Borracho sells an insane 1-kg burrito, called The Big Juan, that you have to try.


Visit A Gorgeous Monastery

Address: 690 Chemin de la Rivière Rouge, Harrington, QC

Why You Need To Go: When you visit this Buddhist monastery, which is more special than bizarre, you'll feel like you've been transported to Vietnam.


Solve An Escape Room & Try To Get Recruited

Price: $24 per person

Address: 982 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Canadian Communications Security Establishment is using this escape room as a way to recruit codebreakers.


Swim Like A Mermaid

Price: From $60 per person

Address: 180 Argyle Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can learn to swim like a mermaid and feel like Ariel for a day.


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