It is time to go on an adventure! Now that the weather is getting warm again, it is the perfect time of year to take a break and escape the city.

Even if you don't have the budget to go on a tropical getaway, there is still plenty of incredible road trips that you can go on near Ottawa. From sandy beaches, lavender fields, or massive outdoor mazes there is plenty to see and do. To help you plan what to do next, here are 17 spontaneous day trips that are less than 3 hours away from Ottawa.

Morrison's Quarry 

Driving distance from Ottawa: 30 minutes

Spend a fun-filled day swimming at Morrison's Quarry, a swimming hole located in Wakefield, Quebec. This popular swimming spot has the clearest blue water, and as it is only a 30-minute drive outside of Ottawa, it makes for an easy afternoon road trip.

Calypso Theme Waterpark

Driving distance from Ottawa: 30 minutes

Cool off this summer at Calypso Theme Waterpark which is home the largest wave pool in Canada! There is plenty to do at this incredible water park that has 35 slides, 100 water games and 2 theme rivers for you to enjoy.

La Cigale

Driving distance from Ottawa: 20 minutes

This super cute ice cream shop sells delicious homemade ice cream. Head here to enjoy an ice cream cone at their large outdoor patio.

Omega Park

Driving distance from Ottawa: 55 minutes

Get up close to Canadian animals at a safari park in Montebello. At Omega Park you can get the chance to feed animals like deers and elk carrots.

La Maison Lavande

Driving distance from Ottawa: 1 hour 45 minutes

Spend the afternoon leisurely strolling through beautiful lavender fields at La Maison Lavande. While you are here make sure to visit the bistro to try there delicious lavender frozen yogurt.

Philippe Lake

Driving distance from Ottawa: 45 minutes

Philippe Lake is the perfect spot to escape the city and go paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming or canoeing. At the lake, you'll find 3 sandy beaches and a spot to rent boats, plus plenty of hiking trails.

Wilderness Tours

Driving distance from Ottawa: 1 hour 30 minutes 

For an exciting adventure go whitewater rafting down the Ottawa River! You can arrange a day trip with Wilderness Tours who will provide you with a guide, training and all the equipment you need.

Eagle's Nest Lookout

Driving distance from Ottawa 1 hour 20 minutes

You need to see the view from the Eagles Rest lookout on top of a 120-metre cliff! The 1.5 km trail will take you past fields of wildflowers and forest before reaching the lookout.

Jabulani Vineyard & Winery

Driving distance from Ottawa: 40 minutes

Spend the afternoon trying wine in a beautiful vineyard. At Jabulani Vineyard & Winery you can book a winery tour that includes a tasting of 10 different wines, along with a snack of several kinds of cheese, bread and fruit.

Boldt Castle

Driving distance from Ottawa: 2 hours

Located in the Thousand Islands, Boldt Castle is a fairy tale worthy castle on a heart island that you need to see. To visit the castle, you will need to book a boat tour, that will take you to the island.

Chutes Coulonge

Driving distance from Ottawa: 1 hour 40 minutes

Spend the day outside at Chutes Coulonge adventure park. Here you can tackle the obstacle course and soar over the water on the zip lines.

Calabogie Motorsports Park

Driving distance from Ottawa: 1 hour 20 minutes

Now is the chance to drive that race car you've been dreaming about. At Calabogie Motorsports Park you can race around the track in a race car with the assistance of a driving instructor.

Dark Sky Viewing Area

Driving distance from Ottawa: 2 hours

One of the best spots to see the stars in Ontario is at Dark Sky Viewing Area. Head here at night to enjoy stargazing, and make sure to bring your telescope if you have one!

Saunders Farm

Driving distance from Ottawa: 40 minutes

Head to Saunders Farm in the summer to try their massive outdoor mazes. Here you can spend the afternoon trying to escape their 10 different mazes.

Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary

Driving distance from Ottawa: 50 minutes

At Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary you can see all sorts of adorable animals. Some of the animals you can see are horses, goats, cats, dogs, pigs and ducks.

Brockville Railway Tunnel

Driving distance from Ottawa: 1 hour 15 minutes 

The Brockville Railway Tunnel is the perfect rainy day activity. Inside the tunnel, you can enjoy walking down the stunning rainbow coloured illuminated path.

Mont Tremblant

Driving distance from Ottawa: 2 hours

There is so much to do in the summer at Mont Tremblant. Here you can explore the pedestrian village, visit the beaches, go hiking, try rock climbing, watch a bird of prey show or take a dune buggy tour!

 

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