Most kids can’t wait for their summer vacation to start; it’s a time for relaxing, cooling off and spending time on holiday with loved ones. Travellers who are planning a trip with their little ones should not miss all the amazing and interactive things to see while visiting Ottawa. It’s all part of what makes Canada’s capital so fun to visit for families.
Indulge in outdoor wonders: Ottawa generally experiences gorgeous sunny weather throughout the season, so it’s the perfect time to take advantage of open air attractions. Many kids love animals, so a trip to the Valleyview Little Animal Farm can be a great start to a getaway. Children can pet the rabbits, baby goats, sheep and ducklings and help with their mealtimes, or take a trip to the play area and train ride station.
The Eco-Odyssee attraction is another wonderful way to connect with nature and be surrounded by regional beauty. Guests can glide down a waterway by paddleboat to view lush vegetation and discover the biodiversity of the region around Ottawa. Kids can point out the different species of flora and fauna while navigating through the water maze with plenty of twists and turns. At Saunders Farm , there are plenty of activities to do together, including an exploration of North America’s largest collection of hedge mazes. Navigate your way through more than 23,000 square feet of intricate paths, before climbing aboard a beautifully constructed pirate ship on land, and cooling off in the water spray zone.
In the heart of downtown Ottawa along the Rideau Canal, Pirate Adventures is a unique and unforgettable experience aboard a fifty foot pirate ship armed with 12 water cannons. Watch your child transform into a pirate with face painting, tattoos and pirate gear then discover a treasure map and solve its secrets. Pirate Pete will make an appearance!
Learn something new at Ottawa’s museums: Ottawa museums bring a whole lot of kids programming to the table, and summertime is one of the best times of year to come see why. This year, a visit to the Children’s Museum at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) should definitely be on the itinerary. Discover interesting artifacts and learn how children live around the world!
During the summer, parents can enjoy Artissimo with their kids while they peruse the National Gallery of Canada. This program offers young people various ways to explore and enjoy art.
Let loose and cool off at a local waterpark: After experiencing some art at the city’s fine museums and seeing the animals at Valleyview, kids can blow off some steam while exploring Calypso Theme Waterpark in Limoges, Ontario. Boasting the country’s biggest wave pool, this amusement centre also has a lazy river, massive water slides and aqua play areas. Another great place for the family to cool down and have fun is at Mont Cascades Waterpark located in Cantley, Quebec.
Take in a festival: Ottawa is home to several music and art festivals throughout the summer. There is always something going on! If you and the children are in Ottawa in June, visit the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, running from June 23 to 26, 2016. Here, you can watch more than 200 teams compete in impressive dragon boat races and take advantage of a Children’s Area, as well as food, drinks and live entertainment. At night, there are concerts from top-tier performers. Admission for the races and the concerts is FREE.
In July or early August, you can take in the magic of the Ottawa International Busker Festival, which is also known as “Buskerfest,” running from July 28 to Aug. 1, 2016. During this festival, the little ones will be entertained by various street performers from around the world! These are only two of the many family-friendly festivals Ottawa has to offer.
There is a wealth of things the whole family can enjoy together throughout the summer – we look forward to seeing you in the Capital!