August Events and Attractions
August 15- 18
- Sound and Lights Show on Parliament Hill
- Ottawa Greek Summer Festival
- Fireworks at the Casino Du Lac Leamy, in Gatineau
It is over 200 kilometres long. A 7-kilometre section of it makes up the world's longest skating rink in the winter months. In the summertime you can bike or walk along the paths or take a boat down the canal. Read more about the Canal on our Rideau Canal page.
This unbelievable park is a 363-square kilometre park that offers activities for the entire family. You can drive through the park and stop at the various lookouts overlooking the Ottawa valley or you can get out and try one of the many walking or hiking trails which vary in difficulty. Learn more about Gatineau Park.
This houses Canada's Parliament. The architecture of the different blocks is quite amazing and is definitely worth a visit. Read more about Parliament Hill.
Ottawa Sugar Bushes
Lanark County (west of Ottawa) is known as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario. Learn more about our Ottawa Sugar Bushes.
2 Daly Avenue; 613-564-7240
More than 20 local art groups hold various exhibits throughout the year. The building was actually built in the 1800's and was a provincial courthouse.
Central Experimental Farm
Hundreds of acres of farm land just a short distance from downtown features the Arboretum which is breathtaking and has thousands of different varieties of trees and shrubs. It is so nice to take a short walk and then sit down and take in all the beauty.
Casino du Lac Leamy
1 Boulevard du Casino; 1-819-772-2100 or 1-800-665-2274
Large casino & hotel complex situated right over the Quebec border in Gatineau (a short drive from downtown). It has slot machines, game tables, restaurants and bars.
Dow's Lake and Pavilion
1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive; 1-613-232-1001
Perfectly situated off of the Rideau Canal. There are restaurants with spectacular views.
Hog's Back Falls
This is the area where the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River separate. You can get here by car or you can walk or bike along the trails.
This beautiful park is located in Gatineau and offers great views of the Ottawa skyline. Don't forget your camera!
335 Laurier Avenue East; 1-613-992-8142
Former residence of two former Prime Ministers (Laurier and Mackenzie King).
Major's Hill Park
1 Rideau Street (behind Chateau Laurier)
This is Ottawa's oldest park. Many events take place here throughout the year.
In Gatineau Park. It used to be the summer home of one of Canada's Prime Ministers, William Lyon Mackenzie King.
National Arts Centre
53 Elgin Street' 1-613-947-7000
Performing Arts Centre that presents operas, dance, theatre and musicals.
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive; 613-990-1985
The Gallery has an extensive collection of art and features paintings by the Group of Seven, Rembrandt and many others.
Concerts are held here at the Astrolabe Theatre in the summer months. The point is a great place for taking pictures.
Notre Dame Basilica
Sussex Drive; 613-241-7496
This is the oldest church in Ottawa.
Along Sussex Drive and can sometimes be overlooked by tourists to the city. The falls are quite spectacular to look at due to the volume of the water that flows over the rocks.
Sussex Drive; 613-991-4422
Home to the Governor General this magnificent residence is situated on over 70 acres. You can come here and take a tour of the house itself, the grounds and the gardens.
Royal Canadian Mint
320 Sussex Drive; 1-800-267-7000 (Canada); 1-800-242-9071 (U.S.)
Canadian money is made here.