Summer Vacations in Canada's Capital
Keep things sizzling this summer in Ottawa.
Experience summer in Ottawa through thrilling outdoor festivals, superb recreational activities to create your own outdoor adventure, and exciting evenings spent exploring the city's vibrant downtown nightlife. There are so many ways to celebrate the beautiful summer season in Ottawa—yours to discover!
What better place to celebrate the nation's birthday than in Canada's Capital? Join hundreds of thousands of people as they commemorate the big day with concerts, fireworks and more.
Celebrate Canada Day in The Capital
Nestled in Ottawa's oldest commercial and residential neighbourhoods is the ultimate destination for finding a variety of farmers' markets, shops, galleries, cafés and clubs.
Learn more about the ByWard Market
Summer Festivals & Events
Get ready for a summer filled with premier music festivals featuring top performers from around the world, exceptional cultural events showcasing bold expressions of art, and so much more.
Check out our Calendar of Events
Museums & Art Galleries
Ottawa museums and galleries invite you to experience the best of Canada all in one place. See a stunning exhibition of the country's art collection, a tribute to Canadian military history, and other renowned institutions.
Explore Museums & Art Galleries
Changing The Guard
Don't miss this impressive summertime ceremony on Parliament Hill, complete with regimental band and pipers. One of Canada's most recognizable military units, and a top Ottawa attraction for more than 50 years.
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Venture to Victoria Island in the Ottawa River for a glimpse into Aboriginal culture at the First Peoples' village. Journey back in time. Be educated, entertained and enlightened through art, culture, and traditional foods such as bison and venison.
Learn more about Aboriginal Experiences
Sound And Light Show
Grab a blanket and head to the hill for Mosaika, the powerful and spectacular display of sound, light and music that tells the story of Canada, its landscapes, its people and its cultures. A sight to be seen that casts a colourful, magical spell on Parliament Hill.
Learn more about Mosaika
Make a big splash in Canada's Capital at the largest theme waterpark in Canada. Slide down your choice of more than 35 waterslides, laze around the giant wave pool, or go for the big thrill—Aqualoops, a roller coaster-like slide.
Find out About Calypso Waterpark