Though Ottawa is a four-seasoned city, the summertime is when it really comes to life. Whether you're visiting or have just relocated here, there are countless sites to explore. From hiking trails to festivals to museums – there's literally something for everyone. Here are a few of the seasonal highlights and top reasons why we love summer in Ottawa so much.
Lots of Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Explore
Ottawa has a variety of neighbourhoods that are unique, vibrant, and perfect for strolling through. Explore Little Italy and dive into some mouth-watering, authentic Italian food. Soak up the sunshine on a patio along Elgin Street. Try something new and exciting in Chinatown. Browse the shops and boutiques in the Glebe. Or pick up some fresh produce at the Byward Market. The options are endless when it comes to finding exciting and interesting areas of the city to stroll and enjoy for the day.
There's Plenty of Green Space
If there's one thing Ottawa is renowned for, its green space. This city is an outdoor lover's paradise, and during the summer, you'll see trails and parks brimming with families and people taking advantage of the warm weather. It's a very pedestrian and bike-friendly city too with lots of different paths to explore. Take a soothing stroll through any of the picturesque wooded trails. Go for a leisurely paddle or try white water rafting through the Rideau River. If you want to lounge in the sun and work on your tan, there are lakeside beaches for you to relax and chill out.
It's a Museum Mecca
Want to learn more about the history of Canada? Ottawa is the mecca for history enthusiasts. It's home to some of the best museums in the country. In fact, it has several national museums located in the city, including the Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
It's a City of Festivals
Under normal circumstances, Ottawa hosts a wide variety of festivals throughout the summer months, which is why it's typically referred to as Festival City. From Jazz Fest to Bluesfest to Chamberfest to Ribfest and more – there is literally something for everyone here. Keep your eyes peeled on upcoming announcements as the city and province begin to open up and lift restrictions on gatherings.
Outdoor Art Scene
Ottawa is big on arts and culture, and during the summer, you can find plenty of outdoor street art to feast your eyes on. There are impressive murals all throughout the city. Some renowned hot spots to check out include the Byward Market, Quartier Vanier, Westboro, and the Glebe.
Hike Through Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park is one of the most famous parks in the country. Though it's technically in Quebec, it's only a stone's throw from Ottawa and is definitely worth the visit. It has over 90,000 acres of green space, spanning wooded trails, lakes, historic ruins, and even a few waterfalls. If you're planning a trip here, make sure to check out the Pink Lake Trail.
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