Fun Things to Do in Ottawa Area During COVID-19 Ontario Reopening Phase

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Credit: City of Ottawa; #PhysicalDistancing circles at Mooney’s Bay

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
  • Beaches:
    • 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?
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    Credit: National Capital Commission

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.

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Credit: Tavern on the Falls

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
  • Tennis
  • 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.

Top Cycle Routes to Explore Ontario

  • 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

Go on a scenic drive through Parc Omega, a 2,200 acre nature park located an hour from Ottawa.

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

24h Tremblant 2020 in Support of CHEO
04 Dec

Mont-Tremblant Resort or remotely from wherever you are!

December 4, 2020 To December 6, 2020

6137372780

$0-$155

24h Tremblant is an annual winter charity event that take place over the first weekend in December in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, and consists of teams of 6-12 ...  »

HoHoHoliday 5K
25 Nov

Wherever You Are, Canada

November 25, 2020 To December 31, 2020

519-538-1630

$40-55

GRAB YOUR BUBBLE AND RUN! The HoHoHoliday 5K is the most festive FUN run in Canada! This 5km run/walk combines the magic of the Holidays with ...  »

A Railroad to Dreams
18 Nov

Pointe-à-Callière, 350 Place Royale, Montréal

November 18, 2020 To April 5, 2021

514-872-9150

$0 to $24

From the arrival of the steam locomotive in the 19th century, trains have been synonymous with development and openness to the world. Trains evoke a spirit of ...  »

Annual Church Turkey Dinner
15 Nov

5338 Bank Street, Gloucester

November 15, 2020

613-769-7570

$22.50

Enjoy a delicious home cooked takeout Turkey Dinner from Our Lady of the Visitation. All Covid19 protocols followed. Net proceeds to church building repairs. Who is it ...  »

Magic of Lights
13 Nov

Wesley Clover Parks, 411 Corkstown Road, Nepean

November 13, 2020 To January 9, 2021

$22-$50

Magic of Lights is a dazzling 2-kilometer drive-through holiday lights show featuring more than 300 spectacular displays using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of ...  »

The Drive-In Experience Ottawa
30 Oct

Wesley Clover Parks,401 Corkstown Rd, Ottawa

October 30, 2020 To October 31, 2020

$36.45

Join for Drive-in movie experience at Wesley Clover Parks Ottawa! The Drive-In Experience Ottawa is the brainchild of DNA Live, Ottawa’s premiere festival & event production ...  »

Elmira Charity Quilt Auction
30 Oct

Elmira Produce Auction Cooperative & Online

October 30, 2020 To October 31, 2020

5196293205

$20 for in person event

This year’s collection features 160 beautiful quilts, wall hangings, comforters, crib quilts, afghans and hooked rugs.  »

Come Aboard! Pirates or Privateers?
29 Oct

Pointe-à-Callière, Place Royale, Montréal

October 29, 2020 To October 23, 2021

514-872-9150

$0 to $24

Have you got what it takes to be a pirate or a privateer? Pointe-à-Callière is requesting that all shipmates now board the good ship D’...  »

Toddlers’ Halloween Hunt
26 Oct

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Rd, Ottawa

October 26, 2020 To October 30, 2020

By Donation

Our 100,000-square foot bunker is the best place to enjoy some safe and physically distanced Halloween fun! Come dressed in your favourite costume. Discover spooky (and cute) ...  »

Goreling Gardens Walkthrough Haunt
23 Oct

Goreling Gardens, 594 Blanchard Crescent, Ottawa

October 23, 2020 To October 31, 2020

PWYC

Come walk through your nightmares at Goreling Gardens! Join us on from 6:00-8:00 on: Friday, Oct. 23 Saturday, Oct. 24 Wednesday, Oct. 28 Thursday, Oct. 29 Friday, Oct. 30 Saturday, Oct. 31 (more ...  »

Big Screen Halloween
23 Oct

Cineplex Theatre, Canada

October 23, 2020 To November 1, 2020

$5

Join us for $5 movie tickets and trick-or-treating with free M&M’s Minis! At your local Cineplex, catch a $5 Halloween movie Oct 23rd – Nov 1st, and ...  »

Frightfest Drive-Through Haunt Experience
22 Oct

Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road, Ottawa

October 22, 2020 To November 1, 2020

$50 per vehicle

Join us for our all new Frightfest Drive-Through Haunt Experience! Get scared from the safety of your vehicle in a contactless Drive-Through experience, approximately 15 minutes. We have ...  »

Spooky Museum Scavenger Hunt
20 Oct

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa

October 20, 2020 To October 31, 2020

Regular admission

Nature is full of creatures that inspire spooky stories this time of year. Use the scavenger hunt game sheet to discover some of these creatures hiding in ...  »

Deadwood Haunted Drive
15 Oct

Wesley Clover Parks,401 Corkstown Rd, Ottawa

October 15, 2020 To October 31, 2020

$48.59

Ottawa’s ONLY Haunted Drive – Crack your Windows & Lock your Doors! Will you survive Deadwood? Attendees will experience 6 spine-chilling, hair-rising horror sets telling the blood-curling story ...  »

Ontario Festival of Small Halls
09 Oct

Various Venues, Eastern Ontario

October 9, 2020 To October 31, 2020

$25 - $90

The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is about sharing the love of music in the heart of small town communities. The festival produces over 30 concerts in rural ...  »

Fort Fright
02 Oct

Fort Henry, 1 Fort Henry Drive, Kingston

October 2, 2020 To November 1, 2020

$20 - $25

Kingston haunted attraction #FortFright is BACK for the 2020 season at #FortHenry. In its 13th year, prepare to be spooked with brand new theme of Darkness. OPEN from ...  »

I Don't Know How To Connect To You
02 Oct

SPAO Centre Gallery, 77 Pamilla St, Ottawa

October 2, 2020 To November 2, 2020

6135623824

Free

Join us from Oct 2 - Nov 1 for SPAO's new exhibition I Don't Know How To Connect To You featuring the photo-based work of Alyssa Enriquez and Elizabeth ...  »

Zombie Slayer Thrill Ride
02 Oct

Commando Paintball – Action Centre, 4565 Dunning Road, Navan, Ottawa

October 2, 2020 To October 31, 2020

$24.99 - $29.99

Operation Trojan Horse has caused a serious zombie outbreak at Commando Action Centre! We need hunters to ride our bus to try and stop the apocalypse from ...  »

Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages
02 Oct

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa

October 2, 2020 To January 3, 2021

$6 - $8

Explore the power of ice and cold in shaping the world we live in today. Produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature, this world-premiere exhibition features more ...  »

Fall Fun at the Farm
01 Oct

The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Road, Ottawa

October 1, 2020 To October 31, 2020

$6.89

Come visit us and our many barnyard friends at the Log Farm. Each session is an hour and a half of family fun. This event is rain ...  »

Haunting Season
26 Sep

Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road, Munster Hamlet - Richmond, Ottawa

September 26, 2020 To November 1, 2020

$22.64

Haunting Season at Saunders Farm has been a Canadian family tradition. With lots of outdoor open air attractions, including pumpkins, puppet shows, a parade, 4 Hedge Mazes, and ...  »

sKreamers
26 Sep

Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, O'Toole Road, Cumberland

September 26, 2020 To October 31, 2020

$7.50 – $15.00 +charges

sKreamers is a fundraising project of the Kiwanis Club of Orleans. This year sKreamers feature Haunted Hayride, Trail and a Corn Maze. Local residents and rival farmers ...  »

Ouimet Farms Adventure
26 Sep

Ouimet Farms Adventure, 63 Main Street West, Vankleek Hill

September 26, 2020 To October 31, 2020

613 678-2255

$15

Corn Maze – Our 7 acres corn maze will get you hunting for the hidden mailboxes through the maze. The wide trails are stroller and wheelchair friendly. The maze ...  »

Pumpkinferno
25 Sep

Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg

September 25, 2020 To October 31, 2020

$16

Take a tour through this spectacular outdoor art exhibit of over 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins all lit at night along a kilometre long path in a picturesque 19th-century backdrop. ...  »

Acres of Terror 2020
25 Sep

Cannamore Orchard, 1480 County Rd 32, Crysler

September 25, 2020 To October 31, 2020

613-448-3633

$25 to $30

Cannamore Orchard welcomes you to our 28th year of Acres of Terror, Eastern Ontario’s most terrifying Halloween attraction, where the only thing that isn’t terrifying ...  »

Obstacle Course - Open Gym
13 Sep

OCR Academy,1140 Morrison Drive, Ottawa

September 13, 2020 To January 31, 2021

613-726-0909

$22.50

OCR Academy is Ottawa’s Largest and only in door obstacle course/ninja warrior facility. But how do I know if OCRA is right for me? DO ...  »

Historic Cemetery Tours
12 Sep

Billings Estate National Historic Site, 2100 Cabot Street, Ottawa

September 12, 2020 To November 7, 2020

$15.25 per person

Experience a unique historical tour of the Settler’s Cemetery and the Billings Estate grounds at dusk. Hear true tales of death, burial, and disease from Bytown ...  »

Fall Campfires at Saunders Farm
11 Sep

Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Rd, Ottawa

September 11, 2020 To October 31, 2020

$160 & up

Get outside, get cozy and enjoy a campfire with your loved ones. Perfect for a family outing, date night, or small gatherings. Please remember to bring your ...  »

Ottawa Biplane Adventures
01 Jun

Rockcliffe Flying Club, 1495 Sir George-Étienne Cartier Pkwy, Ottawa

June 1, 2020 To November 15, 2020

$38 to $175 per person.

Enjoy the views of Parliament and downtown Ottawa from above! Travel along the picturesque Ottawa River, Strap on your aviator’s cap and goggles and get a ...  »

Rock Dunder Hiking Trail
30 May

Rock Dunder Hiking Trail, Stanley Lash Lane, Lyndhurst

May 30, 2020 To November 15, 2020

$10

Rock Dunder is a treasure that lies within the UNESCO Thousand Islands Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. Rising 275 feet above Morton Bay, Rock Dunder provides breathtaking views of ...  »

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.

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