Ottawa is a city of four seasons – there is always something to enjoy year round. But summer, in particular, is when the city comes alive. From hiking, to canoeing along the river, to buzzing patios and beaches – summertime is when Ottawa truly shines. If you’re new to the city, searching for condos to rent, or are simply looking to make the most out of those hot summer days this year, here are five reasons why you will love summer living in Ottawa.

Elgin Street Patios

There’s nothing quite like enjoying warm sunrays on a patio with friends, sipping a cold, refreshing beverage. For many, that’s what summertime is all about, and along Elgin Street you’ll find plenty of cool spots with a great vibe to enjoy with your friends. Located in the downtown core, you can enjoy cozy cafés, delicious diners, trendy restaurants and great little bars to suit any mood.

Sunbathing at Mooney’s Bay

When those temperatures start to rise, you can head on over to Mooney’s Bay and join the many that flock to soak in some rays and work on their tan. Take a dip in the water or join in on a game of volleyball, practise your swing on the tennis courts or fire up the barbeque with the family.

Canoeing at Dow’s Lake

For those hot summer days when you want to cool off on the lake, grab a canoe or kayak and spend a day out on the water at Dow’s Lake. You can relax as you take in the beautiful scenery, and take a dip in lake when you need to cool off. There’s simply nothing more relaxing than a peaceful day on the water.

Hiking in Gatineau Park

For those active bodies that love a good hike, beautiful Gatineau Park across from the Ottawa River provides an endless amount of winding trails for you to work up a sweat or simply wonder through to enjoy being amongst nature.

Cooling off in the Museums

When you feel in need of a break from that heat, take a stroll through some of Canada’s most impressive historical museums. The Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian Museum of History and the War Museum each house a vast array of Canadian history that you won’t find elsewhere.

Ottawa is a city with so much to offer. It’s a place that truly embraces each season with something for everyone to do – and summertime is no different. With a bustling downtown core, amazing condos for rent, epic trails and natural settings to enjoy, there is always something for everyone to enjoy, and that is why so many people simply love summertime and every other time living in this great Canadian city.