Ottawa has an endless list of things to do for summer…for all ages and interests – Alex Colville at the National Gallery, Calypso Water Park, Ottawa River Cruises, Cycling..and every music genre out there: Blues, Rock, Classical etc..every festival imaginable – Check out our Ottawa Events & Activities page for ideas as well as the for the full list!

The Lord Elgin Hotel is in the ideal location so you can park and take in all there is to see and do in Ottawa.

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Here are some fabulous ideas for you!!

Parliament Hill: 

At any time of year, Parliament Hill is the iconic landmark to see when in Ottawa. Only 3 blocks from the hotel, Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings are a must see for all visitors to Ottawa. The Parliament Buildings present a fascinating blend of stateliness and vibrancy. Their vaulted ceilings, marble floors and dramatic lighting create an air of dignity, yet the stone walls are alive with decoration. Saucy faces grin at passers-by, birds and animals almost come to life, and events from our history are retold.

In summertime, you have to take advantage of the fabulous light show called Northern Lights from July 10 to September 12th each night after nightfall. For more information, click here.



Changing of the Guard:  June 28 to August 22, 2015

Marching right outside the door of the Lord Elgin Hotel en route to the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on Parliament Hill, this daily ritual is another must see when you visit Ottawa in the summer time. The Changing of the Guard began as a morning routine on the Hill in 1959, and has turned into an annual tradition. This large-scale production includes a regimental band and pipers. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. each morning, but arrive about 15 minutes early to grab a spot with a great view.


Rideau Canal

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal is just a block from the Lord Elgin Hotela and if you’re coming to Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! Snaking and making its way gracefully through Ottawa’s charming downtown core, “the canal” as it’s known locally, is the heart beat of Canada’s Capital in any season. In the warmer months, the canal is a haven for walkers, runners, in-line skaters and cyclists, who stroll along its scenic, rolling green banks

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

This festival just gets bigger and better each year! From July 8 – 19, the 7 stages of Bluesfest will rock with the likes of the Kanye West, Keith Urban, Ceelo Green, Deep Purple, Iggy Azalea, the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, and sooo much more.

 Alex Colville  April 23 – Sept 7th

Alex Colville offers a fresh perspective on the work of one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. A creative thinker, deeply engaged with both his local surroundings and the broader world, Colville’s painting developed in dialogue with film and literature, philosophy, law and history.

Calypso Water Park

Calypso is Canada’s biggest theme waterpark. There is water fun to be had everywhere on our extensive 100-acre facility with over 35 slides. From toddlers to teens, from party dudes to grandparents, everyone will have their share of fun in this gem of a park. With imaginative management, this $50 million investment has been transformed into a hundred different water adventures to keep you cool and busy. Humungous state-of-the-art slides, a river run, Canada’s largest wave pool, thrilling rides—even a whitewater experience! You won’t have time to be bored.

Music and Beyond: More Than a Music Festival – July 4-17, 2015

Music and Beyond is dedicated to enhancing the enjoyment of classical music and the arts in general in the Ottawa region by providing excellent concerts; broadening the audience base; fostering greater appreciation, understanding, and support for all forms of classical music.

For Thrill Seekers & the Adventurous….

Or….if you love adventure and experience some of the fabulous activities both in Ottawa and in the surrounding area, check out the many companies on the Ottawa River – from white water rafting to bungee jumping…there is no shortage of ideas….   You may have to stay another week…’

River Run Rafting, Owl Rafting and Wilderness Tours

Ottawa City Rafting - Downtown Ottawa

Whitewater Adventure in the Heart of the Nation’s Capital Winner of Ottawa Tourism’s Best New Company 2014!

Floating downstream, the Ottawa River looks as majestic as when Champlain viewed it four centuries ago. Come experience a unique perspective of Canada’s Capital City as you, your family and friends raft through exciting rapids and picturesque scenery. Thrill-seekers will love body surfing through the waves and jumping off our secret cliffs, and history buffs will indulge in facts and lore about the Ottawa River Timber Trade. Get wet and wild in the rapids, or partake in a gentle sight-seeing tour. Family fun for ages 5 to 105! Visit for more details!


Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place every year during the long weekend in September. The event will be held from September 3-7, 2015. The Festival features balloons in different shapes, colours and sizes from different countries. Some countries that have been represented in the past include Australia, Germany and the United States. It is spectacular to see the styles of balloons. You will see balloons of animals, automobiles, people and anything else you can imagine.

CityFolk Festival

Organized by the same folks that have made Bluesfest a huge success in Ottawa, this festival has an amazing line-up!! From September 16-20, 2015 at it’s new location at Landsdown Park Ottawa Cityfolk Festival will offer you performances from artists such as Van Morrison, UB40, Lucinda Williams among others.