Summer Activities

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Summertime – what we wait in anticipation for all year long! The days get longer, people start filling the streets, and festivals seem to be going on every week. Ottawa truly comes alive in the summer, and this list of highlights will help you and your family enjoy the very best Ottawa has to offer!




A festival of music, art and life. The biggest free street party in Canada!

June 2 – 4, Laroche Park.


Ottawa Welcomes the World: Delegation of the European Union

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Ottawa celebrates the contribution of 18 European countries’ with a showcase of its food, music, dance and more! Free admission.

June 11, Horticulture Building.


Franco Ontarian Festival

The biggest francophone celebration in Canada’s capital region, with concerts, street art and entertainment celebrating Franco Ontarian culture.

June 15 to 17, Major’s Hill Park.


Ottawa Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival is a celebration of the arts and an opportunity for local, national and international artists to showcase their original work.

June 8 to 18, various locations.


Ottawa Ribfest

Ribbers from all over North America set up their stands and await the crowds!

June 14 to 18, Sparks Street.


Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

This action packed weekend for the whole family features non-stop boat racing, free concerts with great performers, a children’s activity area and great food, drinks and vendors.

June 22 to 25, Mooney’s Bay Park.


RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies

The Sunset Ceremonies is a tradition in Ottawa, featuring a performance by the RCMP Musical Ride and our signature flag-lowering ceremony at sunset, among other activities and police displays.

June 23 to 25, Musical Ride Centre.



Canada Day

July 1st


Inspiration Village

This modern entertainment locale on York Street will be the site of many special exhibits and performances, each one showcasing Canada’s provinces and territories.

All summer long, ByWard Market.


Ottawa Jazz Festival

June 22 to July 2, Confederation Park.


RBC Bluesfest

One of the largest international music events in the world, with over 220 varied musical acts on several outdoor stages, attracting more than 300,000 music fans each year.

July 6 to 16, LeBreton Flats.


La Machine

Making its debut in North America, La Machine will captivate the public with its travelling urban theatre in the streets of downtown Ottawa.

July 27 – 30, ByWard Market, City Hall, Wellington Street and Lebreton Flats.



Ottawa Busker Festival

Entertainment by street performers from around the world. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats and magic tricks. 

August 3 to 7, Sparks Street.


Changing of the Guard

Catch the thrilling spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Come early (9:45 am) to learn about the symbolism, history and proceedings of this free ceremony.

June 25 to August 26, Parliament Hill.


Day at the Beach

Check out the following family-friendly beaches in Ottawa to cool off on those extra hot summer days. Lifeguards are on duty June 18th to August 28th at most beaches.

  • Brittania Beach – Carling Avenue
  • Petrie Island – Orleans
  • Mooney’s Bay – Riverside Drive
  • Westboro Beach – Kitchissippi Lookout
  • Breton Beath – Philippe Lake


Parliament Hill Yoga

Join Lululemon on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon for a free yoga session on the lawn in front of Parliament. Bring your own mat and water!

Until August 30, Parliament Hill.


All Summer Long

Pirate Adventures

Pirate Adventures Ottawa is an interactive pirate-theatre cruise set in a real pirate ship on Mooney’s Bay! Costumes, Face paint, treasure maps, sword fights, water cannons, and sunken treasure await!

May to September, Mooney’s Bay.


Sunday Bikedays

Enjoy summer Sundays cycling along car-free roads in Canada’s Capital Region. 

May 21 to September 3, various locations.



Located on an enchanting site, Eco-Odyssée lets you appreciate the splendor of the marsh environment, comfortably seated in your paddle boat.

June 17 to September 3, Wakefield, QC. 


Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Come to Canada’s largest balloon festival where hot air balloons fill the Gatineau sky and a number of exciting shows take place.

August 31 to September 4, Baie Park.


Calypso Waterpark

Calypso is Canada’s biggest theme waterpark. There is water fun to be had everywhere on our extensive 100-acre facility. From toddlers to teens, from thrill-seekers to grandparents, everyone will have their share of fun in this gem of a park.

June 7 – Sept 4, Limoges.


Mont Cascades Mountain Waterpark

This mountain waterpark is designed to entertain the whole family. It features four water slides for adults, six slides for the kids, six slides for all the family members, a large activity area with waterfalls, swimming pools, a vast picnic area as well as restaurants. 

June 12 – September 5, Mont Cascades.


Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show

Take an unforgettable journey of sound and light, as you explore Canada’s physical, historical and cultural landscapes.

July 11 to September 16, Parliament Hill.


Saunders Farm

Explore the largest collection of full-sized hedge mazes in North America, cool down in the SplashPad, climb aboard a Pirate Ship and take a hayride through beautifully landscaped gardens.

June 3 to September 17, Munster, ON.


Parc Oméga

Located in Montebello, Que. – just a 45-minute drive east of Ottawa’s downtown core – Parc Oméga offers about 2,200 acres of natural habitat for Canadian animals such as deer, elk, bison, caribou, wolves and more. 

All summer long, Montebello, Quebec.


Strawberry Picking

Here is a list of places that you and your family can go strawberry picking this summer:


Go Camping!

Here is a list of some great family-friendly campsites in and around Ottawa. What a perfect way to spend a hot summer day!


Valleyview Little Animal Farm

There is nothing quite like a visit to Valleyview Little Animal Farm! Children and adults alike will enjoy seeing a wide variety of animals and birds up close, from alpacas to zebus, goats to geese. 

All summer long, Nepean, ON. 


Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) provides detailed insight into 20,000 years of human history. 

All summer long, Gatineau, QC.


Cheer on the Redblacks!

Head on down to Lansdowne Park to cheer on the Redblacks!

June 8 to November 23, Lansdowne Park.