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Top 5 Summer Outdoor Activities in Ottawa, ON

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Calling all adventurers! Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush in the heart of the Canadian Capital!

Ottawa is known as a “boring” place to visit for those of us who live in Toronto/Montreal. But the place is packed with things to do, especially in the summer for all adventurers out there.

Here are my TOP 5 Summer outdoor adventure activities to do in Ottawa during the summer time!

  1. White water rafting

    The Ottawa Valley is the white water capital of Canada! Located just over an hour from Ottawa, there are multiple rafting companies along the Ottawa River that can take you out for an amazing day on the river. There are also a number of canoe and kayaking options for those who don’t want to raft.

    2 companies that I would recommend for white water rafting or kayaking:

    1) Wilderness tours
    2) Owl Rafting 


  2. The Grotto: Wallingford-Back Mine

    Just one hour away from Ottawa, the Wallingford-Back Mine is the perfect place to spend the day. Bring your kayak or floaty with some beer/wine & food or go for a swim in this beautiful grotto! This spot used to be the largest mine in North America, and is now a beautiful adventure spot that is ideal for exploring.

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    3. Bungee Jumping at Wilderness Tours or Great Canadian Bungee

    Not for the faint hearted! Ottawa is the place all the thrill seekers out there with opportunities for Skydiving, bungee jumping, zip lining, mountain biking. You can bungee in Ottawa with Wilderness Tours or at THE GREAT CANADIAN BUNGEE.

The GREAT CANADIAN BUNGEE is just 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa is “The Rock”, home to Great Canadian Bungee’s 200 ft. Goliath. The highest bungee in Canada.

(This is my sister bungee jumping with Wilderness Tours. I haven’t found the courage to get myself to do this just yet!)

4. Eco-Odyssee

Live a unique experience in the heart of nature, only 30 minutes from Ottawa-Gatineau, near the picturesque village of Wakefield. Discover beaver habitat while browsing a water maze consisted of 60 intersections spread out over 6 km. Choose one of the thirty adventures and enjoy the splendor of the marsh environment in the comfort of your paddle boat.


(Photo Courtesy of Eco-Odyssey)

5. Hiking/Camping


Gatineau Park in Quebec is a conservation park located just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa and is a wonderful place for all nature lovers. There are many hiking trails varying in difficulty, so you can choose the right one for you! The Wolf Trail is one trail in the park that takes you up to the highest point in the park, offering incredible views of the Ottawa River. Another great trail, though more difficult, is the Luskville Falls Trail, which takes you straight up a rocky escarpment beside a stream that ends in a 20 foot high falls.


Watching a sunset across the lake, making smores by the campfire underneath the stars makes for the perfect Canadian Summer! You can rent everything from yurts and cabins all the way to wilderness camping in RVs. Its a great way to spend time in the great outdoors in Gatineau Park.

If you’re interested in a canoe camping trip, head north into Quebec (approx 1 hr drive) to Lac Poisson Blanc.

And of course there’s always the stunning Algonquin Provincial Park just over 2 hrs drive away from the city where you can car camp and wilderness camp through hiking or canoeing.

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  • Reply
    Priyanshi Randeria
    July 6, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for helping me plan out my Ottawa trip! Camping, hiking, canoeing all peak my interest. And that grotto is beautiful. But I think I’ll pass on the bungee jumping. Heights aren’t my friend LOL

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    Shreya Nijhawan
    July 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Wow!!! This is a great guide! I’m definitely going to explore some of these activities this summer, especially The Grotto – didn’t know we had something this beautiful so close 🙂

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