Many people assume Ottawa is a “boring city” in Canada. However, we can confirm that is FALSE! Ottawa is a beautiful place to visit during all times of the year and there are many attractions. Whether you’re in this city for a long or short time, here’s a list of  9 Things To Do In Ottawa During The Warm Season That Will Guarantee A Memorable Stay.

  1. Have a picnic at Major Park Hill

Major Park Hill is a fantastic spot to enjoy breathtaking views of Canada’s Parliament. The park is a calm oasis in downtown Ottawa, and the perfect spot to have a picnic or take a break while you’re exploring the city. Good Grazes is a local small business based in Ottawa that makes amazing brunch boxes and platters suitable for a picnic! Major Park Hill is the capital’s first park and most popular spot to enjoy fireworks for Canada Day and admire tulips during the spring.

      2. Take a boat tour across the Rideau River

One of the best ways to discover Ottawa is from the water. There are various tour companies that organize an hour and half boat cruises along the Rideau River. Paul’s Boat Lines tours depart from the Hull Marina in Jacques Cartier Park and the Ottawa Dock, 6 times per day. If you happen to be across the river in Gatineau you can hop on the tour over there as well.

Departure Times
  • 11:00 am
  • 12:30 pm
  • 2:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 5:30 pm
  • 7:30 pm

Adult: $28.50 + Tax

Senior (60+) / Student: $26.73 + Tax
Children (5-15 years old): $20.53 + Tax
Family (2 adults + 1 child): $63.90 + Tax
Family (2 adults + 2 children): $68.33 + Tax

     3. Chase Waterfalls

The Rideau Falls are two 9m high falls in Ottawa. They are located next to many government buildings, including the residence of Canada’s Prime Minister. The falls were supposedly named by Samuel de Champlain, for their resemblance to a curtain or “rideau” in French.

    4. Check out one of Canada’s longest canal

Spanning 202 km in length, The Rideau Canal is one of the longest in Canada. It flows from Ottawa to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River at Kingston, Ontario. there are 24 locks in total through the whole entire canal, with 8 of them being situated in Ottawa.

    5. Enjoy the largest & most delicious Ceasar at Fairmont Château Laurier

Attention Ceasar Lovers! La Terasse at Fairmont Château Laurier serves a monster Ceasar that is absolutely mouth-watering. The Surf and Turf Bloody Ceasar is not only a drink, but a meal as well! If you’re not a fan of Caesars, their menu offers a wide range of cocktails and food. Take a seat on the patio and enjoy the spectacular views of the Rideau Canal and Parliament.

Cost: CAD $75.00
  • 4 Beef and Cheddar Sliders
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Walter’s Artisanal Caesar Mix
  • Wheatley Vodka
  • Clamato Juice

6. Visit the ByWard Market

Photo credit : @falldowng

The ByWard market is one of the most notable attractions in Ottawa. It’s filled with local farmer vendors and staple Canadian foods for you to enjoy. The market also includes various restaurants, colorful street art and stores full of clothes and crafts made by local artisans. Even President Obama visited the ByWard market and had his first Beaver Tails pastry!

    7. Grab a bite at Rockcliffe Boathouse Restaurant & Marina

The Rockcliffe boathouse and restaurant is located below Ottawa’s most wealthiest neighbourhoods. It’s a seasonal, casual eatery that floats on the surface of the Rideau River. Just like the value of the buildings in this neighbourhood, this restaurant offers million dollar views.

  8.Rent a JetSki

One of the most unique experiences in Ottawa is to hop on a JetSki and cruise along the Rideau River. Jetski Ottawa is a company located outside of Ottawa in Orleans. The reservation schedule is released on a weekly basis and spots fill up quickly.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a Valid drivers licence
  • Reservations are mandatory
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure
  • Adult Passenger Requires Additional Fee $29.00 (one-time charge)
  • Child Passenger under 16 Requires Additional Fee $19.00 (one-time charge)
Rates & hours of operation
  • Monday to Thursday – $99.99 per hr. plus tax
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday – $109.99. plus tax

    9. Kayak, Paddle Board or Canoe across Dow’s Lake

Whether you want to rent Kayaks, SUPs, Pedal Boats or Canoes Dow’s Lake has a great variety of summer rentals. They are available between the months of late May to mid-September, from 9Am to 9Pm, 7 days a week. All rentals require a $20.00 deposit and a valid photo ID.

Rates (prices include tax) 
  • Pedal boats – $25.00 for the first hour, $12.00 for every additional hour.
  • Deluxe pedal boat – $30.00 for the first hour, $12.00 for every additional hour.
  • Stand Up Paddle Boards  – $19.00 for the first hour, $12.00 for every additional hour.
  • Canoes – $30.00 for the first hour, $12.00 for every additional hour.
  • One-person kayaks cost $24.00 for the first hour, and $12.00 for every additional hour.
  • Two person kayaks cost $33.00 for the first hour, and $12.00 for every additional hour.

Corporate Stays offers a variety of unit types and buildings in OttawaFrom studios, to one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom and penthouse apartments we can accommodate all your needs! Apartments come fully furnished, with an equipped kitchen and all appliances. Our buildings offer luxury amenities such as rooftops, swimming pools, spas, business meeting rooms and much more. they are also situated in prime locations, both in the centre and outside of the city.

Our Top 3 Choices

  1. 50 Laurier

50 Laurier features 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, as well as penthouse units. It has a very convenient location, as it’s off the highway but in the centre of the city. Across the street you’ll find University of Ottawa’s campus and the Rideau Mall. In addition, it’s a 10 minute walk from the ByWard Market and the Parliament.

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Rooftop terrace
  • 24/7 security
  • Central location
  • Pet friendly
  • Concierge

2. The Met  

The Met is located downtown and it’s just a short walk from Ottawa’s main attractions. The building offers upscale amenities, such as a cinema room, a fitness centre and a rooftop terrace to truly enjoy your home away from home in Ottawa. We offer loft and 2 bedroom size units, that are fully furnished with exquisite furniture.

The Met Corporate Stays

  • Rooftop terrace
  • Central location
  • BBQ area & communal terrace
  • Restaurants and bakeries in the same building
  • Concierge

Wellington West

Wellington West offers world-class amenities, from a private rooftop terrace, barbecues, a party room and a fully equipped gym. Corporate Stays offers 1  and 2 bedroom spacious units that are thoughtfully created for urban living.

Wellington Corporate Stays

  • Rooftop terrace
  • Central location
  • BBQ area & communal terrace
  • Fitness centre
  • Library
  • 24/7 Concierge
  • Pet friendly

Corporate Stays Signature Collection


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