If you’re gearing up to spend some time exploring Ottawa this summer, there certainly isn’t a shortage of things to do. With great food, lively neighbourhoods, and cool patios to enjoy, this city is gaining more momentum each and every year. Before you head out to visit this bustling city, here are some summer hot spots in Ottawa that you should add to your list of things to see and do.


ByWard Market Patios

With over 600 unique shops, restaurants, and other great amenities to explore, it’s not surprising that the ByWard Market is one of Ottawa’s most popular areas for tourists and locals alike. This historical area of the city is located in downtown Ottawa with a great range of patios that you can lounge on to get your blend of refreshing beverages, a great atmosphere, and some vitamin D.



If you haven’t experienced a beaver tail, put this at the top of your “Must Try” list! The beaver tail is a Canadian staple that consists of a hand-made, fried pastry that’s served up with a variety of toppings of your choice. Cinnamon sugar and a squeeze of lemon is the classic, but you have to try the Triple Trip with hazelnut spread, peanut butter, and Reese’s Pieces. The BeaverTail stand on George St. in the market is so good that former U.S. President Barack Obama made a designated stop there a few years ago.


Mooney’s Bay

Want to spend time in the serene outdoors? Check out Mooney’s Bay, located about 15 minutes south of downtown Ottawa. This public park is located by the Rideau River with a beach, some picnic areas, and a children’s playground. During the summer time, you can bike along the pathways, take a dip in the water, join in on some beach volleyball, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding.


Petrie Island

Looking for some quality beach time? Head to Petrie Island, which is another public park on the Ottawa River just off Trim Road in Ottawa’s east end. There are two large beaches for you to indulge on the island. Pack a lunch and head over to hike along the nature trails to escape the bustling city for a few hours.


Westboro Beach

Still can’t get enough beach time? There’s also Westboro Beach that you can explore in the west end of Ottawa. This area is a prized natural resource and serves as a four-season destination for anyone looking to embrace the outdoors. Aside from recreation trails and the beach, you can also find a canteen and patio open during the summer.

If you’re searching for some fun in the Ottawa sun, be sure to check out these summer hot spots. If you can’t get enough of this majestic city and want to call it home, search Ottawa apartment rentals now!