No one does summer quite like Ottawa. Whether you want to visit world-class museums, enjoy natural vibes in a trendy garden, hike to scenic lookouts, laze around the beach, or want an adrenaline rush whitewater adventure, Ottawa has it all.
Check out 25 of the best options for an adventure at Ottawa’s many water-oriented activities – there is simply nothing more refreshing on a warm, summers day.
**All locations mentioned are located within 90 minutes of Downtown Ottawa. You can easily stay in Ottawa and plan day trips around some of the activities. **
Explore Rideau Canal
What’s better than seeing the city you love by water? Especially on Canada’s engineering marvel – the Rideau Canal. Whether you want to explore on your own or go on guided cruises there are plenty of options.
Hop aboard the glorious Rideau Canal boat on Lake Ontario and enjoy a 1.5 tour of the sights and sounds including the Ottawa Locks, National Arts Centre, Lansdowne Park and more.
Ottawa City Rafting & Tubing
Are you looking for a heart-pumping outdoor activity this summer?! Look no further than Ottawa City Rafting, an exciting 3hour white-water rafting trip on the Ottawa River. Or, perhaps, you’re more interested in the urban tubing adventure, a super fun 2-hour float along the river with a guide. Both are a brilliant way to spend the day!