Explore Ottawa: Top Things to Do This Summer

It’s no secret that our team truly loves the city of Ottawa. We couldn’t imagine ourselves living anywhere else, and we want to spread that love to everyone in our community!

So, here are some of the top things we suggest you do this summer in the beautiful city of Ottawa!

1. Rideau Canal Cruise

The Rideau Canal is an essential historical landmark in Ottawa that connects the Ottawa River to Lake Ontario. 

Cruising along the canal in the summer is the perfect way to see some of our city’s most breathtaking monuments & views. While gliding along the river, you’ll see iconic places like Chateau Laurier, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the National Arts Centre.

There are a few options for canal cruises but prices generally sit around $35/adult and last just under 2 hours.

2. Ottawa Tiki Tour

If you really want to get into the summer vibe, try the Ottawa Tiki Tour!

Float along the Ottawa River in a floating tropical bar; what more could you want on a summer day?

This tour features tiki hut-inspired boats that allow you to sip & explore while enjoying tropical tunes & karaoke. 

Prices start at $71 per adult, excluding food & beverages, and the cruise is approximately 90 minutes long.

This is an excellent option for parties and other special occasions. Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re on a tropical vacation at home?

3. River Zipline Adventures

Now this one is perfect for families with adventurous kids!

This is an activity that all of us should try at least once. Soar from Ottawa to Quebec in less than a minute by ziplining over 120 feet above the river. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the National Capital Region with historical landmarks such as the Parliament of Canada, the historic district of Old Hull, and the Chaudière Falls.

Tickets start at $39.99 per person.

Trust us; this is an exhilarating experience!

4. Haunted Night Walk

If you’re into spooky stuff, the Haunted Walk of Ottawa is a great summer evening experience.

During this guided tour, you’ll visit some of our city’s scariest spots & hear some eerie stories about famous ghost sightings.

This is such a unique way to explore Ottawa & really learn about our haunted history!

Tickets are priced around $30 per person & children are allowed only with adult supervision. This tour lasts 1.5 hours.

5. Byward Market Summer Events

Visiting Byward Market in the summer is a classic Ottawa activity.

Enjoy shopping locally and supporting our farmers during weekend markets. There’s always plenty to do (and plenty to eat) at the market!

Byward Market hosts many special events that you can’t miss during the summer! Check out their website for information on upcoming events! 

Our number one rule for summers in Ottawa is EXPLORE!

Sometimes being a tourist in your own city is the best way to truly enjoy all it has to offer. Summer is coming upon us, and there is so much exploring to do!

Let us know if you have any other Ottawa summer activities you’d recommend everyone try!