As one of the most walkable, family-friendly cities in Canada, Ottawa offers many options for things to see, do and experience. Whether you’re interested in learning about history or art, or you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping activities, you’ll find an attraction for everyone to enjoy now that summer is in full swing.
What is there to do in Ottawa right now? Here are five fun and safe activities to do in Ottawa during your summer vacation.
1. Discover the Secrets of Artistic Genius at Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience presented by RBC
Art lovers won’t want to miss Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience, presented by RBC. It’s a chance to experience the magnificent world of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, brought to life through a walk-through exhibit. Using cutting-edge projection techniques, walls are transformed into kaleidoscopes of light, colour and shapes. In the multi-media presentation, the renowned artist’s most famous landscapes and other works, along with a narrative of his thoughts and dreams, are set to a rich symphonic score. See Van Gogh’s gorgeous images come alive as they flow on various surfaces. The hour-long show takes place at the beautiful Aberdeen Pavilion seven days a week until mid-September.
2. Explore the Ottawa River aboard a Tiki Boat
Enjoy scenic water views while sipping refreshing juices, sodas or tropical cocktails during a relaxing 90-minute tour aboard a Hawaiian-style floating bar with Palapa Tours, the city’s newest and coolest water experience. Departing from downtown Ottawa or Rockland and sailing through October, these 12-passenger boats are a great way to soak up some history and some sun at the same time. Bring your own snacks and enjoy the ride. Bonus: You can opt to have a drone record your river adventure.
3. Zipline Across the Ottawa River from Quebec to Ontario
Thrill-seekers will love Ottawa’s newest adventure, InterZip Rogers, where participants step off a platform in Gatineau, Quebec, 37 metres above the Ottawa River to experience the world’s first interprovincial zip line. Sail across the 366-metre cables between Quebec and Ontario on a fast-moving ride that reaches speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour. You’ll see gorgeous views of the falls, Portage Bridge and Parliament Hill — all within 60 seconds.
4. Catch a Drive-in Movie at RBC Festival Field at Wesley Clover Parks
Enjoy some old-school fun with Ottawa’s Drive-In Experience, where you can pile the family in the car and watch movies five nights per week. The wireless in-car FM audio transmission ensures you get the full cinematic experience. Adding to the fun, there will be themed movie nights and live entertainment such as concerts, stand-up comedy performances and even outdoor fitness sessions. There’s also an east-end location at the Ottawa Baseball Stadium.
5. Tour a local vineyard and sample different sustainable wines
Nestled along the Carp Ridge in the heart of the Ottawa Valley sits the premium family-run winery, Kin Vineyards, which produces Ontario Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties on 47 acres. Sample a glass or two along with a cheese and charcuterie plate in the outdoor tasting room, learn about the vineyard’s sustainable growing methods and take a private tour to discover how wine is made. Enjoy an al fresco dinner among the vines, where you’ll be treated to a spectacular sunset
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