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Summer Activities

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!

Canada Day in Ottawa

Canada Day

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.

General - Byward Market

Byward Market

Nestled in Ottawa's oldest commercial and residential neighbourhoods is the ultimate destination for finding a variety of farmers' markets, boutique shops, eclectic galleries, cafés, and clubs. It’s also the heart of Ottawa’s exciting culinary scene.

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

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.

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Museums & 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.

General - Changing of The Guard

Changing of 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.

General - Aboriginal Experiences

Aboriginal Experiences

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.

Calypso Waterpark

Calypso Waterpark

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.

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Enjoy Canada’s capital city with a full calendar of top festivals and exciting events.