List of 12 free activities for the summer
The capital region of Canada, meaning Ottawa and Gatineau, is brimming with eco-friendly summer activities that coordinate with our values for guaranteed fun and a summer full of adventures. We decided to put together our top 12 for you to take advantage of your summer to the max!
- OTTAWA HIDDEN HARVEST :
Do you like fruit? Do you want to prevent food waste? Join Hidden Harvest Ottawa’s volunteer team and pick fruit, berries and nuts across the city that would otherwise rot! Bring your friends for idyllic summer afternoons in the sun and feel accomplished knowing a portion of what you pick will be donated to a food bank for the city’s homeless community!
Maybe you have a beautiful doggy at home or maybe you’ve always wanted one. Regardless, if you love animals, this activity is for you! Show up during open hours at the SPCA ( address at the bottom ) and take one or many dogs for a walk outside! The dogs without homes at the SPCA are always ready for some love and who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself with a new pet!
132, De Varennes street,
Gatineau (Gatineau sector)
Join the world’s largest treasure hunt! Available as an App, the Geocaching organization sends you off to search for small treasures that the people before you have left. When you’ve found the secret hiding spot with the website or app’s clues, open the container to find a small treasure that you take and replace with one of your own! Discover some hidden parts of the city while on the chase to find little treasures that are hidden in the 5105 geocaches near Ottawa!
Physical activity is one of our values as a company but for those who have a little more difficulty findig motivation to go to the gym, we’ve made a compilation of the free outdoor dance and yoga classes in the region so you’ll have more fun! Bring your friends or partner or even go it alone to try new activities in the heart of the capital! You won’t even realize you’ve been exercising!
- Yoga for almost every day of the week :
Ottawa City Hall : Tuesdays at noon until August 27th
Parliament Hill : Wednesdays at noon until August 28th
Lac Leamy : Thursdays at noon until September 5th
NAC : Fridays at noon until August 30th ( on the terrace )
Lansdowne : Full Moon Yoga from 9-10pm on August 15th and September 14th
- Dance :
Lansdowne : Dancing Under the Stars, August 11,18, 25 and September 1st at 10pm
Ottawa City Hall : Salsa lessons every Wednesday from 6-7pm followed by dancing until 11pm
- CAPITAL PRIDE
THE most colorful festival of the summer is most definitely the Pride festival! Show up between August 18th and 25th for festivities and a parade on Bank Street! Take this fun opportunity to learn about the diversity within the LGBTQ2+ community and encourage artists and entrepreneurs that are a part of it! Come celebrate love in all its forms and all its beautiful colors!
- OUTDOOR MOVIES
All you need is one ( or many ) blankets and an abundance of snacks! Temporary movie theaters pop up in Ottawa and Gatineau during the summer showing free movies! The complete lists of movies ( including The Princess Bride, Back to the Future 2, Love, Simon and Beauty and the Beast ) are accessible on the following websites :
- FARMERS MARKETS
Filled with local products, the region’s farmers markets are perfect places to do some shopping and some groceries all the while encouraging local artisans and agricultors! Abundant with fresh fruits and veggies and unique crafts you can find gifts ( for others AND yourself ;)) and all you need to try “Our Little Farm’s” recipes tailored to the regions produce : http://www.notrepetiteferme.ca/blog-de-recettes/
Find out which one is closest to you here :
The Ottawa/Gatineau region is super rich in hikes that will take your breath away ( the view AND the effort to get there ;) ). But don’t worry, while there are some more difficult hikes, there are some easier ones as well. Choose you next destination and don’t forget to take beautiful pictures of you and your Moss shirt at the summit!
- Luskville Falls ( 4.5km / 2.5h )
- King Mountain( 1.9km / 1h )
- Pink Lake ( 2.5km / 1h )
- Huron Trail ( 9km / 4h )
- Wilson Carbide Ruins ( 3km / 2h )
- Lauriault Trail ( 3km / 1.5h )
- Lusk Caverns ( 12km / 5h )
- Champlain Lookout( 1.3km / 30min )
- Sugarbush Trail ( 45min )
One of Canada’s most valuable riches is our abundance of lakes and fresh water! Take advantage of it this summer to go cool off or take in some sun at one of the listed places!
- Morisson Quarry
- Meech Lake
- Brittania Beach
- Phillipe Lake
- Leamy Lake
- Petrie Island
- Mooney’s Bay
For rainy days, it’s not always fun to be outside at the mercy of the elements and too many people are wary of entrance fees for any indoor activity. We are here to tell you that you don’t need money to gain access to the wonders hidden in our museums! The museums of this list are free of entry during the indicated hours :
Thursday evenings from 5-8pm :
- National Gallery of Canada
- Canadian Museum of History
- Canadian War Museum
- Canadian Museum of Nature
Every day from 4-8pm :
- Canada Agriculture and Food Museum ( Who presently have and exhibit on sustainable food for the planet! )
- Canada Aviation and Space Museum
- Canada Science and Technology Museum
Free every day :
- Ottawa Art Gallery
- ETHNIC FESTIVALS
All summer long you can discover and celebrate different cultures by attending various festivals to taste food, watch dance and music shows and make new discoveries!
Lebanese Festival : July 20 - 24, St. St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral
Ukrainian Festival : July 21 - 24 , 952 Green Valley Crescent
Festival of India: August 5 - 7, Marion Dewar Plaza
South Asian Festival: August 11 - 13, Ottawa City Hall
Greek Festival: August 11 - 21, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive
Have a great summer & don't forget to tag @vetementmossclothing in your pictures!