Good news Ottawa! We have finally entered stage 3 of the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan. What does this mean? Restrictions are slowly starting to lift, and more services are allowed to open up around the city. With more things to do, now’s the time to plan out the rest of your summer so you can maximize the warm weather before the fall sets in. To help you plan out your next safe adventure here in Ottawa this August, we’ve put together this must-do list to help you fill your schedule.
Head to a Museum
A number of popular Ottawa museums are set to reopen soon. The Canadian Agricultural and Food Museum, Aviation and Space Museum, and the Science and Technology Museum are planning to welcome visitors back in early August. The rest of our favourite spots will follow suit, so be sure to keep checking their websites for their latest announcements.
Dine-in at a Restaurant
Patios have been open for some time now, but you can also enjoy indoor dining once again. If you’ve been missing out on your favourite slice of pizza, burger or pasta bowl, this August you can head back inside and enjoy safe, indoor dining at all the establishments that were forced to close down earlier this year.
Take a Fun Tour
There’s no better time to explore and support the city that you call home than right now. Many of the city’s most popular rafting, canal, brewery and walking tours are officially open and ready to show locals just how amazing our hometown really is. And with limited tourism in the city, you can easily get tickets to some of the most popular tours before things fully return to normal.
See a Movie
Drive-ins have made a big comeback this year too thanks to social distancing rules, but now you can also head to the theatre to see a movie on the big screen. Limited capacity rules are in effect, but if you buy your tickets online, you should have no problem getting in to see the latest action, romance or drama flicks this summer.
Enjoy a Splash Pad
Nothing helps beat the summer heat like pools and splash pads. There are several parks and splash pads around the city that can give you and the kids the cool off effect you need when the heat ramps up.
BBQ in the Park
Ottawa is a park lover’s paradise, which is why locals love to brag about how many great parks there are here – and they’re right. There’s a variety of options to choose from including ones with waterfront access like Andrew Haydon Park or winding trails like Vincent Massey Park. What makes these parks so great is how many of them have BBQ pits onsite that you can use to spend the day lounging with family or friends and enjoying the sunshine. So get your charcoal ready and head out to one of these spots for a day of outdoor fun in Ottawa.
Spend a Day On the Canal
Dow’s Lake is offering rentals so you can indulge in some time on the water. Get your kayak, canoe, SUP board, or paddle boat and take off across the water to enjoy the beautiful views that our city has to offer.
Hit Up a Patio
Patio season is upon us! Restaurants with patio space have opened their doors and are allowing patrons to eat and drink while enjoying the sunshine. Just remember that social distancing rules, including the 10-person social bubbles, are still in effect. So drink responsibly and always follow the rules for everyone’s safety.
Visit One of Our Gorgeous Greenspaces
There’s so much to see and do here in Ottawa, even with restrictions in place. If you don’t feel comfortable heading into restaurants and venues just yet, there’s still a ton of things to enjoy outdoors. With some of the country’s most beautiful parks, beaches, camping sites and trails nearby, getting the most out of your summer is easy in a city like ours!
Check Out an Open House
Planning an Ottawa move? Our team at Valecraft Homes is ready to show you your dream home in the safest way possible. Contact us today to set up an appointment and learn what we’re doing to keep you safe during property tours.