Things to Do in Ottawa in June: Events, Activities, and Festivals happening in Ottawa during the month of June 2021.
- Drive-in; In-person Events
- Day Trips & Exploring Ottawa Activities
- Virtual Events from Ottawa & Across Canada
1. Drive-in & In-Person Events
**Check back often as new events are announced once Ontario relaxes health restrictions. **
2. Day Trips & Exploring Ottawa Activities
The Ottawa Valley area offers many hiking trails and walking opportunities for families to enjoy some fresh air and beautiful scenery not too far away from the Ottawa city core. These relaxed trails and green spaces are accessible and will allow the entire family to get connected with nature and check out the most stunning vistas in the Ottawa Valley region.
- 25 of the Best Hikes in and Around Ottawa
- 20 Family Hikes and Walks in and Around Ottawa
- 25 Must-Visit Nature Attractions and Nature Hotspots in and Around Ottawa
Parkways for People
Queen Elizabeth Driveway (2.4 kilometres): To create more space in this densely populated core area, both lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, located on the west side of the Rideau Canal, from Fifth Avenue to Somerset Street, will be open exclusively to active users.
When: 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week, from May 3 to June 30.
NCC Weekend Bikedays
Enjoy car-free biking this weekend. Outdoor enthusiasts will be able to enjoy close to 20 kilometres of scenic parkways in the heart of Ottawa, that are open exclusively for active use. Whether you’re biking, walking, running or skating, this program is for you! Details
Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway | 8 am to 4 pm, Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway | 8 am to 4 pm, Colonel By Drive | 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Other Biking Pathways:
- 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
Looking for a great fishing spot to call your own? Cast a line at:
Where to fish:
- 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
Explore some waterfalls
Warm spring temperature means, melting ice and thunderous waterfalls. Spend a sunny spring day outdoors and use the opportunity to see some of the most stunning melting waterfalls in and around Ottawa. Remember to wear reliable hiking shoes when you go.
See some public art
Looking for something new to do in Ottawa area while keeping the recommended physical distance? Check out some of Ottawa’s Public art features! You can see many of them from your car or on a walk around the city.
House of PainT has created a map you can use to tour the murals and graffiti.
With spring setting in, see whether you can spot baby birds on your day out! This is also an awesome way to get to know your city and find some new parks in Ottawa.
Mud Lakelocated within Lac Deschênes is a major migratory corridor and is a popular site for bird watching.
See animals at Parc Omega
Breath in the fresh air at the Parc Omega. Drive through the nature park and observe wild animals from the northern hemisphere like wolves, elks, deer – all from the comfort of your vehicle.
Hunt for Geocaches
Explore the many geocaches lo
cated throughout the city. If you though geocaching is challenging, try geocaching in winter! This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. Check out the trails where you can enjoy Geocaching Trails.
Visit a Garden
Sculpture gardens and flower gardens are the perfect blend between nature and art, featuring art installations from local and international artists and concerning multiple different themes.
- Gardens to Visit in Ottawa
- Sculpture gardens in Ontario.
- U-Pick Flower Farms For a Day Trip in Ontario
- Visit Purdon Conservation Area for Day trip to see thousands of orchids in bloom.
Laze around a beach
The beaches are not officially open (with lifeguards) until mid to late June. But you can still visit and walk along the shores.
Gatineau Park Beaches:
- Meech Lake, Gatineau Park
- O’Brien Beach
- Blanchet Beach
- Philippe Lake, Gatineau Park
- Breton Beach
- Parent Beach (for campers only)
- Smith Beach (for campers only)
- La Pêche Lake, Gatineau Park
- La Pêche Lake beach
- Leamy Lake, Gatineau
- Leamy Lake beach
City of Ottawa Beaches
- 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.
Enjoy a Picnic or Eat out at a Patio
Enjoy a picnic in 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.
Patios in Ontario are expected to be allowed to open by June 14th. Head out to a sunny patio in Ottawa to enjoy the beautiful weather and some amazing food and drink.
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.
Go on a Road Trip
Once Ontario relaxes, Stay-at-home Order, go on a day trip or a road trip.
- Highway 7 Road Trip: Must Visit Places Between Peterborough and Ottawa
- 25 Outdoor Adventures in Ottawa Valley
- 25 Outdoor Adventures Near Kingston
- Discover 11 Islands on the Long Sault Parkway
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