Ottawa has an endless list of activities and events throughout the summer which span all ages and interests! The National Gallery, the Museums (History, Nature, War, Aviation and Science & Tech), Calypso Water Park, Ottawa River Cruises, Cycling, and music festivals for every genre are just some of the exciting things happening!!

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Gaugin – featured at the National Gallery of Canada from May 24th to Sept 8th

The Lord Elgin Hotel is in the ideal location,  so you can stay and take in all there is to see and do in Ottawa! We would love to add you to the celebration happening in Ottawa, as we have many specials and packages throughout the summer.

For some great ideas, have a look at this video with a sample itinerary put together by Ottawa Tourism!

Here are some of the activities happening this summer!

Parliament Hill: 

At any time of year, Parliament Hill is the iconic landmark to see when in the capital city. Only three blocks from the hotel, Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings are a must see for all visitors. The Parliament Buildings present a fascinating blend of honors 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 9 to September 8th each night after nightfall. For more information about this colorful event, click here.

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Friday Night Live Jazz at Grill 41

Join us weekly at Grill 41 in the Lord Elgin Hotel for live Jazz, from 9pm to midnight with Roddy Ellias.  During the Jazz Festival (June 21 to June 31st), there is a jam session each night in Grill 41 starting at 10pm

Canadian Museum of Nature:

Just a few blocks south of the hotel is this amazing museum filled with the wonders of nature.  The very popular exhibit Butterflies in Flight are there now until October 14, 2019 (Buy your tickets in advance).  This summer, beginning on June 15th until September 2nd, you can see Pterosaur – Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs.

Pterosaur

Pterosaur

Ottawa Jazz Festival:  June 21 to July 1, 2019

The Ottawa International Jazz Festival is the premier music event to take place in downtown Ottawa and we are proud to be on the doorstep of this fabulous festival (takes part in Confederation Park and Festival Plaza at City Hall).  This year featuring incredible headliners like Chicago, Norah Jones, The Roots, among others.  Check out our Jazz Festival Package here

Dragon Boat FestivalJune 20-23, 2019

Recognized as North America’s largest dragon boating festival, the four day celebration offers free admission to concerts, amusement attractions, sports demonstrations, a variety of artisans, exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, children’s area and non-stop racing.

Changing of the Guard:  June 23 to August 24 

The first official march will happen on Monday, June 23rd, 2019  at 10 a.m. 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.

Yoga on Parliament Hill: Every Wednesday at noon

It’s back for the summer! Join Lululemon as they present renowned yoga instructors every Wednesday at noon! Just bring your own mat and water, all levels of yogis are welcome for free yoga on the hill!

Parliament Hill Yoga

Parliament Hill Yoga

Rideau Canal:

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal is just a block from the Lord Elgin Hotel and one of the city’s top tourism destination! 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.  Take a cruise down the Canal with Paul’s Boat Lines, or rent a kayak at Dow’s Lake Pavillion.

Music and Beyond: More Than a Music Festival July 4 – 18, 2019

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.

RBC Bluesfest Ottawa

RBC Bluesfest

RBCOttawa Bluesfest: July 4 to 14, 2019 

Celebrating 25 years, this festival just gets bigger and better each year!  This year’s RBC Bluesfest will take place July 4th to 14thth at Lebreton Flats. Just like always, this year’s lineup has a something for everyone.  Eric Church, the Killers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, America, Buddy Guy, Taking Back Sunday, Elle King, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Mustard, Lennon Stella, T-Pain, PUP, Nao, Pussy Riot and Gone West Feat are just a few of the big names that highlight this year’s festival.

Full details and lineups at ottawabluesfest.ca
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Calypso-Theme-Waterpark

Northern Lights: Sound & Light Show at Parliament Hill

Back again this summer every night from July 9 to September 8th, 2019 for another edition of this amazing historic experience, a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history. It’s free!

Show times: July at 10:00 p.m., August at 9:30 p.m., and September at 9:00 p.m. See you on the Hill!

Northern Lights may be cancelled in the event of poor weather conditions. Visit this page or their Twitter feed for cancellation notices.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

Casino Lac Leamy Sound of LIght Show (Fireworks & Performances)

From August 10-24 (Wednesday’s & Saturdays):  Five international fireworks designers create amazing displays tht light up the Ottawa/Gatineau’s sky during 5 nights filled with lights, music and entertainments.  See performances from Spain, United States, Germany China and the grand finale!!!

Sound & Light Show

Calypso Water ParkOpen all season 

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. Humongous 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.  Check out our Calypso Package on our Special Offers page here.

For Thrill Seekers & the Adventurous

If you love adventure 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!

Owl Rafting and Wilderness ToursOpen all season 

Ottawa City Rafting - Downtown Ottawa

Floating downstream, the Ottawa River looks just 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!   At  OWL Rafting, transfers are available upon request.

Visit ottawacityrafting for more details!

Not into extreme water activities? No problem! 

Get on the water at Dow’s Lake. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boats are now available for rental until the end of the summer.

Bungee Jumping in Ottawa

Great Canadian Bungee Jumping

Great Canadian Bungee: Open all season 

Located only 20 minutes from downtown, the GCB was founded on the principles of product excellence with the highest degree of safety possible. GCB’s mission was to open a extremely unique, world-class bungee site.  “The ROCK” at Morrison’s Quarry is an amazing site.  Tens of thousands of people have sampled GCB’s products – a 200 ft. bungee jump and The RIPRIDE cable slide.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival: August 31 – September 4 

The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place every year during the long weekend in September. 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: September 14 – 17 

Organized by the same folks that have made Bluesfest a huge success in Ottawa, this festival has an amazing line-up!! The event will be held at Landsdown Park Ottawa Cityfolk Festival will offer performances for world renowned artists.  Stay tuned for their line-up!

Gatineau ParkOpen all season 

The park has officially opened it’s trails an beaches for the season! The trails continue to be a wonderful spectacle as the weather increases, with beautiful lakes and scenic routes.

Parc OmegaOpen all season 

This park offers many different options for families, animal lovers, and those who want to be outside all year round! Whether its a car tours or a walking tours, you’ll be see a variety of animals in their natural habitats.

Camp FortuneOpen all season 

Known to Ottawa as ski resort during the winter, however, these giant hills just got a makeover and have turned into zip lines and high ropes courses! Leave your skis at home and bring your sneakers for an aerial adventure

It’s a busy weekend in Ottawa, filled with lots of great activities and events! In an effort to assist your front-line staff with suggestions for guests/visitors, below is a list of great things to do in and around Ottawa this weekend. Please share with as many staff as possible.
  • Soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard put on a spectacular show at Fortissimo: Beating Retreat Ceremony nightly on Parliament Hill this Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20. FREE!
  • Head to the Casino du Lac-Leamy to check out their new theme Futuristik Nights – you’ll find sci-fi inspired evenings, a light sabre game, and lots of great techno tunes with futuristic dancers and robots on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of August.
  • Learn about Lebanese culture at the Ottawa Lebanese Festival now until Sunday, July 21 at the St. Elias Cathedral!
  • Watch the Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments at Wesley Clover Parks this weekend, with great daily events until Sunday, July 21.
  • Check out carvers from across Canada, the U.S., and Europe at the Canadian Stone Carving Festival this Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21 on Sparks Street. FREE!
  • It’s a busy weekend at Lansdowne with an ALABAMA concert on Friday, July 19, an Ottawa Fury FC game on Saturday, July 20, and the 2019 Ottawa Kombucha Festival (FREE! tickets available online) on Sunday, July 21.
  • This weekend marks the fifth edition of the Capital Ukrainian Festival! Enjoy Ukrainian music, dance, food, and more at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21. FREE!
  • Visit the Canadian War Museum from Friday, July 19 to August 11 to check out the prizewinning photos in the World Press Photo 2019 exhibition.
  • Hop on the Au feel de l’eau Aqua Taxi for a ride on the Ottawa River! The service ferries passengers between the Ottawa locks and the Canadian Museum of History. Starting Friday, July 19, a new stop is added at the Richmond Landing!
  • Head to the ByWard Market neighbourhood for their first ever ByWard Beer Market! This Saturday, July 20 celebrate local craft brewers in the parking lot behind Lowertown Brewery. FREE!
  • Check out the archaeology work that is currently underway on Parliament Hill this Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21! FREE!
  • Sunday, July 21 head to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum to enjoy a full day of ice cream fun at the Ice Cream Festival. Milk a wooden cow, make ice cream with an old-fashioned ice cream maker, and enjoy lots of samples and a DJ!
  • Check out the Ingenium Big Move this Thursday, July 25 to see three iconic Canadian trains move to the Collections Conservation Centre next to the Canada Science and Technology Museum using temporary rail tracks! FREE!
  • Don’t miss your last chance to enter the Canada in One City photo contest! Tag your great shots of Ottawa using #MyOttawa and #CanadaInOneCity or enter online before the contest ends on Friday, July 19.