Outdoor Summer Activities For Summer In Ottawa

There are so many things to see in Ottawa this summer! If you’re looking for some fun for the whole family, we have everything you need right here for planning out an epic summer in the city.

Canada Day 150th Year Anniversary Party

This year Canada will be celebrating its 150th anniversary of Confederation on the June 30th to July 2nd weekend. The three largest event areas take place at Parliament Hill, Majors Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History. The sites will have three days of live entertainment for the whole family. Some of your favourite Canadian artists will be there, including Selena Ryder, Gordon Lightfoot and Cirque de Soleil performances, including the most impressive firework display yet.

Camp Fortune Aerial Experience

If you’re ready for some thrills and a full day of adventure try Camp Fortune’s Aerial Experience! There is zip lining, treetop climbing as well as rope bridges, net gangways, and suspended walkways. Soar through the trees and experience Ottawa like you’ve never seen it before. Plus, its only a 20-minute ride from Gatineau Park, a perfect day to get your adrenaline pumping.

White Water Rafting

Speaking of adrenaline pumping, if you’re ready to take it up even another notch why not try OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River. You can experience 1 or 2 day High Adventure and Family Rafting Trips that includes a BBQ meal aboard pontoon boats on your return trip to the resort. If you’re not an adrenaline junkie you can also enjoy the kayaks, SUP boards, beach volleyball, or disk golf on the grounds. All while you enjoy riverside camping, rustic cabins or brand-new cabanas for your accommodations. How’s that for summer fun?

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum – Dominion Day

If you want to take it down a notch and enjoy beautiful flora and fauna, then the Canada Agricultural and Food Museum is for you. Explore this working farm right in the middle of the city. Open daily, you can discover all the different animals that live on this working farm – piglets, calves, lambs, ducklings and more. You can also enjoy a picnic right on the grounds, or stroll through the Arboretum or ornamental gardens. You can also join in on the Dominion Day celebration on the Farm on July 1st, a party presented in collaboration with the Canadian Science and Technology Museums Corporation. Don’t miss this truly amazing day filled with musicians, art and food.

Family Boat Cruise

On July 15th, you can experience a cruise like no other. This 4-hour cruise across the Ottawa River will combine music, love and spirituality. There will be live music non-stop providing gospel artists, entertainment and even guest speakers. If you are looking for a bonding experience in support of local faith, this could be a great outing for the whole family.

Ottawa Rowing Club Boat House Party

Celebrate with all your family and friends with live music and sponsored bar by Muskoka Brewery. You will get to experience a delicious BBQ dinner both for carnivores and herbivores and a chance to win fantastic prizes through their raffle. All proceeds go to the ORC Equipment Fund, so why not come out to enjoy a night of tasty food and tunes, and a chance to win some pretty cool prices. Spoiler alert, you could win two festival passes to Bluesfest or even an ORC membership!

There’s so much to do in Ottawa this summer, and with the perfect weather for outdoor fun, any of these activities will be perfect for your family time. Don’t miss out on spending the best time of the year enjoying mother nature outdoors in Ottawa.

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