|The following list includes ways in which locals—should they have the means—can rediscover Ottawa in a safe way. Please always reference the websites or social media accounts of each attraction or business for more detailed information regarding opening times, requirements for masks (which are now mandatory in all public, enclosed spaces), and/or other personal health directives before visiting, as circumstances can change at any time.
Some ways to get out and support local businesses starting Thursday, July 23 include:
- Be sure to download the #MyOttawa Pass for savings at more than 60 businesses in and around Ottawa, including at some of the businesses mentioned below, now until July 31. FREE!
- Head to the Canadian Museum of History or Canadian War Museum, now open starting Thursday, July 23 (Thursdays through Sundays until September, when further openings are planned). Enjoy outdoor programs and limited entry (50 people per each two-hour block with advance booking recommended) to select spaces within each museum. FREE!
- Local craft brewery tour service Brew Donkey reopens this Friday, July 24! Hop aboard the beer bus or enjoy a new walking tour. Read about their new safety protocols here.
- The Ottawa BlackJacks, our city’s new professional basketball team in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, make their debut this Saturday, July 25. Watch games broadcasted from St. Catharine’s and support our new team!
- Get out and explore one of rural Ottawa’s charming communities, like Osgoode, Metcalfe, and Greely!
- Are you ready to try to escape the world’s largest escape room? Escape Manor has teamed up with the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum to reopen their super cool, underground Escape the Diefenbunker experience (now open for Friday and Saturday bookings). Or, head to Escape Manor’s Hintonburg location to try another themed escape room or solve a mystery from your home any time with Taken: the Swiss Bank Account, a fun online escape experience!
- Get your game on! The Casino du Lac-Leamy reopens this Thursday, July 23 with updated hours, reduced capacity, and an online booking engine for visitors. Arôme is open and Banco Bistro offers grab and go options while ALÉA, Le Café, and Le Baccara are closed.
- Get lost at Saunders Farm as their summer maze program is now open on Saturdays and Sundays. Book your ticket online now, or check out their Farm Camp and Campfire experiences!
- Head to a local farmers’ market to buy your veggies and local goods – the Manotick Farmers’ Market is now open, as is the Carp Farmers’ Market (both are open Saturdays). FREE!
- Time travel back to the 1860s at Upper Canada Village, which is now open for guided tours in Morrisburg, Ontario! Be sure to buy tickets in advance.
- Enjoy a day on the water filled with family-friendly fun at Ottawa City Rafting on the Ottawa River!
- Patio season is on! Support Ottawa’s restaurant community by visiting one of the many great establishments now operating their patios or open for dine-in. Be sure to call ahead to confirm whether the restaurant is open and its hours; note that in some cases reservations are required. Head out for a family fun experience at Meule et Caquelon in Gatineau, Québec for raclette (indoor dining) or at Lone Star Texas Grill for a fun fajita night (indoor and outdoor dining)! See more on Ottawa Tourism’s page of Ottawa patios open for business.
- Take a virtual tour of a national museum from the comfort of your own home—check out virtual tours, online exhibitions, and more including the Canadian Museum of Nature, who also has fun games and colouring pages available online. FREE!
Find out more great activities to do in and around Ottawa on the Ottawa Insider Blog!