As Ottawa is officially in Stage 3 of the reopening plan, we can now enjoy various attractions and parks in and around Ottawa. Please keep in mind that social distancing protocols are still in effect.
Here is a list of activities to enjoy in and around Ottawa.
Also, see this weekend in Ottawafor events (online & in-person) and other weekend activities.
Check back as this article is updated as and when the City of Ottawa/ Ontario government allows the reopening of more tourist attractions.
1. Enjoy Nature Parks & Areas
- Go hiking at Ottawaarea parks and conservation areas. Make it a family fun hikeby exploring parliament hill and easy hikes. There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore and enjoy nature in the Ottawa area.
- Provincial parks and conservation reserves are open. Discover the unique attributes of each park.
- Enjoy a night of camping at Ontario parks as backcountry & Crown land camping are open. Camping will also open by June 22.
- Visit National Parks and Historic Sites
- Gatineau Park Beaches open from June 22
- Meech Lake, Gatineau Park
- O’Brien Beach: Class A (excellent for swimming)
- Blanchet Beach: Class A (excellent for swimming)
- Philippe Lake, Gatineau Park
- Breton Beach: Class A (excellent for swimming)
- Parent Beach (for campers only): Class A (excellent for swimming)
- Smith Beach (for campers only): Class A (excellent for swimming)
- La Pêche Lake, Gatineau Park
- La Pêche Lake beach: Class A (excellent for swimming)
- Leamy Lake, Gatineau
- Leamy Lake beach: Class A (excellent for swimming)
- City of Ottawa Beaches — Swimming is allowed from June 27th.
- East Ottawa: Petrie Island Beach, 727 Trim Road.
- West Ottawa: Britannia Beach, 2805 Carling Avenue.
- South Ottawa: Mooney’s Bay Beach, 2926 Riverside Drive.
- Central Ottawa: Westboro Beach, 745 Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway.
- Explore a waterfall: There are many waterfalls in and around Ottawa.Why not go waterfall tripping?
2. Enjoy a Picnic or Eat out at a Patio
Enjoy a picnic Ottawa area parks. Benches, picnic tables and gazebos are open for use. Benches and tables are not cleaned frequently. Wash your hands after using them, and be sure not to touch your face.
As stay-at-home measures have started to relax and summer is in full storm, head out to a sunny patio in Ottawa to enjoy the beautiful weather and some amazing food and drink.
Restaurants and bars are also allowed to reopen for dine-in. Check whether your restaurants are open for dining-in.
3. Go Fishing
You can cast a line and reel in that big catch at Ontario Provincial Parks and conservation areas. However, please obey any fishing location restrictions in the park as well as all public health guidelines on group sizes and physical distancing.
Looking for a great fishing spot to call your own in Ottawa? Cast a line at:
- West Carleton—Morris Island Conservation Area, Fitzroy Harbour, Fitzroy Provincial Park, MacLaren’s Landing, Buckham’s Bay Port of Call marina
- Nepean North—Shirley’s Bay, Crystal Beach, Dick Bell Park, Champlain Bridge
- Ottawa East—Rockcliffe Yacht Club, Blair Road
- Orléans East—Petrie Island
- Vanier Parkway—New Edinburgh Park, Riverain Park
- Downtown—Dow’s Lake, Brewer Park, Billings Bridge Plaza area, Windsor Park, Brantwood Park, OC Transpo Bridge (between Lees and Hurdman Stations)
- Hunt Club Bridge South to Manotick—Eccolands Park, Black Rapids locks, Chapman Mills Conservation Area, Riverside Park
- Manotick Area—Walter Upton-Collins Park, Rideau Township marina
- Kars and Osgoode Area—Long Island marina, Kars recreation area, Kars public wharf, W.A. Taylor Conservation Area
- Dilworth Road, off Highway #416—Baxter Conservation Area, Reeve Craig boat launch
- Kemptville and Kemptville Creek—Rideau River Provincial Park, Muldoon Launch, Pirate Cove Marina, Curry Park
4. Go Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking
Enjoy canoeing & kayaking in ponds, lakes & rivers as Ontario Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches are open for recreational use.
Go paddling at Ottawa waterways including Rideau Canal, Rideau River and the Ottawa River. Dows Lake Marina is open for rentals including canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and paddleboats.
Canoes, kayaks and other non-motorized boats are available for rent at bothPhilippe and La Pêche lakes.
Le Boat offers Canadian boating vacations so that you can discover the beauty of the Rideau Canal.
5. Get Active
The city of Ottawa has reopened many sports fields. Enjoy playing your favourite sports.
- Ontario Golf Courses
- Baseball diamonds
- Soccer fields
- Frisbee golf locations
- Platform tennis
- Table tennis and pickleball courts
- Basketball courts
- BMX parks
- Skate parks
6. Go Cycling
Biking is a great way to explore Ottawa-Gatineau. Ottawa has extensive biking paths.
NCC has also closed select roadsfor biking, and hiking like parts of Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (westbound), Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway.
- Kanata Loop Trail, Ottawa
- The Rideau Trail
- The Rideau River, Falls & Hall Ride
- Experimental Farm Pathway
- Greenbelt Pathway West
- Leamy Lake Pathway
- Ottawa River Pathway
- Rideau Canal Western Pathway
- Rideau River Eastern Pathway
- Voyageurs Pathway
7. Watch a Movie
Drive-in Theatres are allowed to reopen from June 1. Watch a movie under the stars!
- Skylight Drive-in, 199 Forest Lea Rd, Pembroke (90 minutes from Ottawa)
- Port Elmsley Drive-In, 333 Port Elmsley Rd, Perth (Halfway between Perth & Smiths Falls )
- Indoor theatres are allowed to reopen from July 17th. Watch a movie at the Mayfair theatre or ByTowne Cinema.
8. Explore Public Art
Exploring Ottawa’s public artworks is one of the best physical distancing activities you can do.
9. Flyover Ottawa
Enjoy a trip with Ottawa Biplane Adventures and feel the wind in your hair and experience aviation as it was in the 1930s! The company provides various options including flying in a vintage open-cockpit biplane.
10. Go on a Ghost Walk
Ottawa Ghost Walksis now offering ghost tours for small groups or family groups (Private Bubble Tour). Bring up to 8 participants on this limited-time, socially-distanced version of our Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa. These tours are a safe and fun way to enjoy some fresh air and hear some great Ottawa ghost stories.
11. Drive Through at Parc Omega
From the comfort of your car, you can observe wild animals from the northern hemisphere like wolves, elks, deer.
12. Visit Ottawa Area Museums
- Explore Canada’s cold war museum at the Diefenbunker.
- See great art by local and international artists at Ottawa Art Gallery.
- Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation have announced that it will reopen Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Canada Science and Technology Museum over three weekends starting July 30.
- Canadian Museum of History is open with free admission during weekends.
- Canadian War Museum is open with free admission Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- National Gallery of Canada is open starting July 18th.
- Check out Watson’s Mill in Manotick
- Explore life in yesteryears at Upper Canada Village
- Little Ray’s Nature Centre is open for private tours. Tours will start at $150 for an individual household, with additional households being an additional $50 each, with a maximum of 4 households, to ensure we can provide a safe and fun environment.
13. Enjoy in Person Events
14. Enjoy a Quarantine Concert
There are many free concerts live-streamed every day. Check them out.
15. Enjoy Live Theatre from around the World
With COVID-19 pandemic forcing theatres to shut their doors, many performing art centres have taken to being open virtually.
16. Explore Canada or the World From Home
Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks andmany more places from Home. Travel tointernational or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.
15. Explore Ontario