Extend your Great Trail experience stay in Ottawa

Our Cross-Canada Connection Celebration at Major’s Hill Park is just the start of a day of pan-Canadian revelry. Here is a (huge!) list of activities in the area that you can check-out before or after the afternoon party on Saturday, August 26.


Ottawa RedBlacks TD Place

On August 26, the BC Lions will be in town to take on the home team Ottawa Redblacks. Kickoff is at 3:30 pm and tickets are here. TD Stadium at Lansdowne Park is just a bus ride away and your game ticket allows you a free OC Transpo ride up to three hours before kickoff and up to three hours after the game. To get there, take route #6 or #7 along Rideau or Bank Street downtown. Don’t miss it!



You joined us because you wanted to celebrate CAN150 with The Great Trail. Other CAN150 activities to keep that patriotic flame burning (including the Centennial Flame at the Northern Lights Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill).

MosaïCanada 150: Stroll along a one-kilometre garden and marvel at over one hundred Canadian-themed sculptures of all sizes made of living plants at the Gatineau 2017 free event.

Kontinuum: Take a journey through time at the free and immersive underground multimedia experience.

Inspiration Village

Inspiration Village: Check out special exhibits and performances celebrating all things Canadian at the special Ottawa 2017 installation of transformed shipping containers in the historic ByWard Market neighbourhood. Enjoy tons of family-friendly activities and take a #MyOttawa selfie at the huge OTTAWA sign.

Parliament Hill: Every summer morning Parliament Hill comes alive with a variety of free activities. Make sure to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at 10:00 a.m., the 1-hour 53-bell Carillon concert at 11:00 a.m., the free bilingual Northern Lights Sound and Light Show in the evening at 9:30 p.m. Make sure to take a FREE tour of Parliament Hill and marvel at the view from the Peace Tower.


Trail devotees who want to experience a local section of the Trail can cycle, paddle or hike while discovering the incredible Rideau waterways and stunning views of the capital region.

Ottawa City Rafting

Cycling Ottawa: Lovers of the outdoors can rent a bike or take one of the Escape Bicycle tours and really immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the Ottawa/Gatineau region. With hundreds of kilometres of pathways that link parks to national museums and attractions this is a great way to discover the city.

Explore Ottawa’s waters: Take in some beautiful sights while navigating a set of rapids with
Ottawa City Rafting, hop into a voyageur canoe and travel down the Rideau Canal, or catch an Au feel de l’eau electric Aqua-Taxi across the Ottawa River to the Canadian Museum of History.

Hiking in Gatineau Park: Located in Gatineau, Québec, just a short drive north of downtown Ottawa, the park covers 361-square kilometres (90,000 acres) of wilderness and offers 165 kilometres (103 miles) of picturesque natural hiking trails.


Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History[/caption]The Ottawa-Gatineau region is known for its known for its many family-oriented programs and activities. Large or small, your family will find something of interest to everyone.

Canadian Children’s Museum at the Canadian Museum of History: Discover interesting artifacts and learn how children live around the world!

National Gallery of Canada: During the summer, parents can enjoy Artissimo with their kids. This program offers young people various ways to explore and enjoy art.

Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature: Interactive exhibits about life in the North and even real ice that kids (and adults) are encouraged to touch!

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum: Learn about the workings of a farm and see large and small live animals, including dairy cows, horses and rabbits.

Pirate Adventures: Watch your child transform into a pirate with face painting, tattoos and pirate gear, and then discover a treasure map and solve its secrets aboard a fifty-foot pirate ship armed with 12 water cannons.

RentABike: Rent a bike and explore recreational pathways that link parks to museums and attractions. This is a great way to explore the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and other parts of the city.


Beaver Tails Pastry

Museums: From the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles in the Canadian Museum of History, to beautiful Canadian and Indigenous Art in the National Gallery of Canada, to life in the most northern region of the country at the Canadian Museum of Nature, to heroic stories and artifacts from Canada’s military past at the Canadian War Museum you are sure to find something that will pique your interest. To discover Ottawa’s humble beginnings a city and learn more about the construction of the Rideau Canal, head over to the Bytown Museum, celebrating 100 years this year!

Take a walking tour: Ottawa Walking Tours offers bilingual, two-hour walking tours of Ottawa with a historical, architectural and/or political focus. Learn about the art, culture, history and landscape from an Indigenous perspective on an Indigenous Walks tours. Embark on an evening tour of the city with the Haunted Walk of Ottawa.

The ByWard Market Neighbourhood: Discover some of the city’s best pubs, cafés and restaurants, featuring something for every palate. And when the streetlights turn on, the market becomes one of the best spots in Ottawa to grab a late night drink and catch some live music. While there make sure to stop for a BeaverTail pastry – after all Ottawa is the city where the treat was born! For an amazing view of Parliament Hill, head over to the seasonal Tavern on the Hill located on the north end of Major’s Hill Park for some beer, wine and a selection of gourmet hot dogs. Head to the 16th floor of the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market’s rooftop bar, Copper Spirits & Sights, for some cocktails with an urban view like no other.

Ottawa Farmer’s Market

The Glebe Neighbourhood: Located south of Highway 417 along Bank Street and north of Lansdowne Park, the Glebe is one of Ottawa’s most well-established communities. Every Sunday, the Glebe is home to the Ottawa Farmers’ Market featuring locally produced seasonal goods and a unique food court.

Craft Beer Scene: If you’re looking for good craft beer, Ottawa is the place to be. Try Black Tomato for its huge selection of local craft brews; Brothers Beer Bistro for a large international section of beer and to taste beer as an ingredient in every dish; Clocktower Brew Pub, an Ottawa chain that brews its beer at their original Bank Street location; or the Lowertown Brewery, a brewery-restaurant that brews their beers on site. Or head over to Ottawa’s oldest pub, Château Lafayette, known by locals as the Laff, for a traditional tavern-feel and a great selection of local crafts.

C’est bon cooking culinary tour: Discover Ottawa’s food scene through the award-winning restaurants and wonderful ethnic and fine food shops as “locals do”, by taking a guided culinary tour of one of Ottawa’s neighbourhoods, such as the ByWard Market, Wellington West or Preston Street.

This awesome list was brought to you in partnership with Ottawa Tourism.
*All pictures were given to us by Ottawa Tourism.