Ottawa is a great summer travel option, with something for everyone to enjoy.

In the nation’s capital, you’ll be treated to the best in outdoor adventure, culture, shopping, music, nightlife and more – all without having to leave the city’s core. There’s urban whitewater rafting, seven national museums, vibrant markets, lively patios, and world-class music festivals all summer long.

Getting there is easy with frequent flights to and from Ottawa available via Porter Airlines. It’s the perfect destination for a quick weekend excursion or a week-long stay.

Start planning your experience in the capital!


1. Adventure

If you’re seeking a surge of adrenaline, Ottawa has an exhilarating outdoor adventure waiting for you. Ride down the historic Ottawa River on a world-class whitewater rafting excursion. Zip through the canopy of the luscious Gatineau Park at Camp Fortune’s Explorer Park. Or, take a 200-foot plunge into a picturesque lagoon at Great Canadian Bungee. Find more thrilling Ottawa adventures here.

2. Shopping

From diverse markets to local boutiques and large shopping centres, Ottawa is guaranteed to meet your shopping needs. Discover one-of-a-kind keepsakes crafted by local artisans at ByWard Market. Splurge on a statement piece at a high-end shop on Sussex Drive. Or find everything you need, regardless of your budget, at the CF Rideau Centre – the top shopping destination in downtown Ottawa with about 170 stores. Learn more about Ottawa’s superb shopping scene here.

3. Music Festivals

Summer is music festival season and Ottawa offers a festival to satisfy every musical preference. Ottawa Explosion Weekend (June 13 to 17) features a diverse roster of independent artists at multiple venues. RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (July 5 to 15) showcases more than 200 performances from different genres, and attracts some of the world’s biggest headliners. Ottawa Chamberfest (July 26 to August 9) presents chamber music by world-renowned artists in churches, museums and other interesting venues. Discover more summer music festivals in the capital here.