Labour day marks the ceremonial end of summer but the official end of summer is actually September 23rd. Great news about that is you still have a few more weeks to take advantage of it. Here are some things to cross off your summer bucket list before fall:
1) Yoga On Parliament Hill
Join fellow yogi’s on Parliament Hill for free yoga every Wednesday until September 30th. Each session goes from 12pm – 1pm. Make sure to get there early to get a good spot.
2) Spend a Day on the Water
Head to Dow’s lake and rent a canoe, kayak, paddle board, or paddle boat and enjoy a day on the water. If you’re ambitious, see if you can make it to the canal and back. For more information click here.
3) Explore Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park is the perfect spot for hiking, camping, swimming, biking and more. The trails and lakes are beautiful. It’s a great place to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors. Head to one of the lakes for a swim before the temperatures drop.
You can also check out the Mackenzie King Estate. This country estate belonged to William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s 10th Prime Minister. When he passed away he left his estate to all Canadians. You can walk through the beautiful gardens, historical ruins and relax in the Mackenzie King Cafe and Tearoom.
4) Sunset at the Locks
I’ve seen sunsets from a few places around the world, but this spot still remains one of my favourite. The view is spectacular as the sun sets over the water.
5) Patio Drinks in the Market and See Where the Night Takes You
The Byward Market is a great spot because there are so many places to check out all in one area. Start at one patio and then hop around to the different bars and restaurants and see where the night takes you. You’re guaranteed to have a great night and probably make some new friends along the way.
6) Have a Beach Day
Head to one of Ottawa’s beaches, like Britannia or Mooney’s, and soak up the sun. Rent a net and get some friends together for an afternoon of volleyball.
7) Watch the Northern Lights at Parliament Hill
Head to Parliament Hill to watch the Northern Lights light show. It’s a beautiful light show projected onto Parliament, illuminating some of Canada’s history. Catch this free light show at Parliament every night at 9:00 pm until September 12th.
8) See a Music Festival
City Folk Fest
City Folk Fest is September 16th to 20th at Lansdowne Park. It features a great lineup including Of Monsters and Men, Van Morrison and Passenger. Head there early and check out the 15 craft beer sampling booths at Aberdeen Pavilion.
Marvest is a free festival that is part of City Folk Fest. It aims to bring people together in appreciation of local music. You can expect a harvest of local music, food and beverages. Check out Marvest events here. Aberdeen Pavilion as well as 13 local shops around Bank Street will host Marvest shows. Click here for a Marvest schedule.
9) Have a beer at the Ottawa Beer Market
There were so many great beer markets and beer festivals this summer. You still have the chance to make one before summer ends. Check out the Brewery Market this weekend at Hintonburg Park. Head over and try some great craft beers. Admission is free. Make sure to get there early because this event fills up quickly. For more details click here.
10) Catch a Soccer Game
11) Attend a Festival
House of Paint Urban Arts Festival
House of Paint started in 2003 and showcases elements of hip hop culture in Ottawa including MCs, DJs, dancing and live graffiti. You can expect competitions, workshops, concerts and more. This festival is taking place under the Dunbar Bridge at Brewer Park from September 9th to 13th. Read our article on the festival here.
Head to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on September 12th for Baconpalooza. This festival goes from 9am to 11pm and will celebrate all things bacon. There will be a market, food trucks, beverage tents, smoking and bbq demonstrations and live entertainment.
12) Rent a Bike and Cruise Through Downtown
VeloGo has bike stations all over Ottawa’s downtown core. There are currently 28 bike stations with 300 bikes available. Rent a bike in one area and you can drop it off at the next available station. It’s a great way to see the city. Pick a sunny day and take one of the bikes out for a spin.