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Visiting Parliament Hill and walking along the Rideau Canal are at the top of every list when it comes to fun things to do in Ottawa.


While these are great attractions to visit, there is much more to explore in Ottawa than architecturally stunning government buildings. With various outdoor escapades, delicious culinary experiences, and adrenaline-pumping adventures, your summer will be anything but boring.

Whether you’d prefer to sit at a patio and sip cold drinks all day or experience the rush of white water rafting, there’s something for everyone in the national capital. With no more Covid restrictions to worry about, it’s time to get outside and explore all the city has to offer.

Kayak or Canoe at Dows Lake

Take in the sights and sounds of Dows Lake as you make your way through the canal.

With a variety of water sports equipment including canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, and paddle boats to choose from, you’ll be set for a scenic, cardio-filled adventure you won’t forget.

After all the physical exertion, visit one of the nearby restaurants to get your energy back for the next activity of the day.

The Ottawa Drive-In Experience

Though it may seem like watching a movie from the comfort of your vehicle is only something that happens in movies, it’s a great experience to try at least once in your lifetime.

With five movies showing every week and one movie playing every night, drive in, sit back, and enjoy the show. To make the most of the night, grab a few friends, some drinks and snacks, and a blanket to keep you warm or hide your face behind during a jump scare.

Shop Till You Drop In Byward Market

The Byward Market is one of Canada's oldest, most iconic public markets still active today.

Whether you're looking for fresh and locally grown fruits, unique art, or stylish clothing, this is the place to be. Spend the day checking out the stands then make your way down the cobblestone streets to explore the different cafés, bakeries, and restaurants.

If you’re looking for dining with a view, grab takeout from one of many delicious restaurants and head down to Major Hill Park, which offers spectacular views of both Parliament and the Ottawa River.

As the sun sets, watch how the downtown scene does a complete 180 and explore all the capital’s nightlife has to offer. After a day full of walking, having a cocktail at a rooftop bar sounds like a dream.

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Finding an apartment that checks all your boxes can be a challenging endeavour, especially if you’re new to the city. Luckily, all you have to do is provide us with a list of your must-haves and leave the heavy lifting to the experts.

With over 8,000 lovely apartments to choose from, Paramount Properties has an ideal apartment to exceed your expectations for quality and lifestyle.

Reach out to us today and get one set closer to finding your dream apartment.

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