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 (virtual)  for every genre are just some of the exciting things happening!!  And let’s now forget Ottawa’s newest attraction… InterZIP!

This summer, courtesy of Ottawa Tourism, we are offering your Third Night FREE!!  From June 1st to October 10th (with a few exceptions), you can extend your stay!


InterZIP by Rogers

InterZIP by Rogers

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 page put together by Ottawa Tourism!!

Here are some of the activities happening this summer!

Parliament Hill: 

At any time of year, Parliament Hill is an 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 the 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.


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 24th to July 3rd), there is a jam session each night in Grill 41 starting at 10pm.  Some of the amazing artists featured this year include Blue Rodeo, Pink Martini, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Lucinda Williams, Holly Cole, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris & The Red Dirt Boys and so many more!

National Gallery of Canada:

Housed in one of Canada’s most iconic public buildings, the National Gallery of Canada is among the world’s most respected art institutions. As part of its ongoing evolution, and in response to the changing expectations of museumgoers, the Gallery recently renewed its entire narrative on Canadian and Indigenous art, sharing a new and compelling story of artistic production in this country, from time immemorial to the present day.

Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons:

Featuring more than 100 works by 36 artists, Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons offers new perspectives on the influence of Impressionism in Canadian art.   On now until July 3, 2022

Rembrandt at the National Gallery of Canada

Rembrandt van Rijn, Heroine from the Old Testament, 1632/33, oil on canvas, 109.2 × 94.4 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 1953 (6089). Photo: NGC

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.



Ottawa Jazz Festival:

June 24 to July 3, 2022. 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 features incredible headliners like Blue Rodeo, Pink Martini, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Lucinda Williams, Holly Cole, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris & The Red Dirt Boys and so many more!

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:

Cancelled for 2022

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 2022

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 7 to 17, 2022 

Celebrating over 25 years, this festival just gets bigger and better each year!  This year’s RBC Bluesfest will take place July 7th to 17thth at Lebreton Flats. Just like always, this year’s lineup has something for everyone.  Sarah McLaughlin, Alanis Morissette, Alessia Cara, Andrew Waite, and Colin James are just a few of the big names that highlight this year’s festival.

Full details and lineups at

Northern Lights: Sound & Light Show at Parliament Hill

Back again this summer every night from July 7 to September 5th, 2022 for another edition of this amazing historic experience, a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history. It’s free!

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

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 canceled in the event of poor weather conditions. Visit this page or their Twitter feed for cancellation notices.

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

From August 3-20 (Wednesdays & Saturdays):  Five international fireworks designers create amazing displays that light up the Ottawa/Gatineau’s sky during 5 nights filled with lights, music, and entertainment.  See performances from Spain, the United States, Germany China, and the grand finale!!!

Sound & Light Show

Calypso Water Park:



Open 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!

Check out our ADVENTURE PAGE here for those that like to stay active while visiting our beautiful city!!

Ottawa City Rafting - Downtown Ottawa

Bungee Jumping in Ottawa

Great Canadian Bungee Jumping