Morning: Cycle along the Rideau Canal
Cyclists adore Ottawa’s more than 600 km of pathways. Rent a bike from RentABike—helmets, maps and locks included—then ride a 7.5-km sightseeing route that passes several top museums as it follows the historic Rideau Canal and Ottawa River.
Lunch: Eat a BeaverTail
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time for a gotta-eat-it-once BeaverTail, the famed Canadian dessert of fried dough with toppings like cinnamon and sugar that originated in the city.
Afternoon: Visit the Canadian Museum of Nature
Explore the Canadian Museum of Nature. This summer, must-sees include the perennially popular Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibit, as well as the brand-new permanent Canada Goose Arctic Gallery, which showcases the cultural and biological diversity of Canada’s northernmost regions through multimedia and interactive experiences, as well as artifacts such as a traditional sealskin kayak.
Evening: Northern Lights at Parliament Hill
Relax on Parliament Hill for Northern Lights, a bilingual sound and light show on the story of Canada.
National museums to visit in Ottawa:
This museum explores nearly 20,000 years of human history and, on Canada Day, it unveiled its Canadian History Hall.
Learn about Canada’s combat history, from the first wars fought on Canadian soil to the country’s current role in conflicts abroad.
Explore more than 1,200 works of art from Canadian, indigenous and international artists at one of the country’s largest museums.
What to Do During the 105th Grey Cup Festival in Ottawa
The Grey Cup is being hosted in Ottawa this year in honour of Canada 150. Leading up to game day, you can attend more than 30 free and ticketed events at the Grey Cup Festival at Landsdowne Park from November 21 to 26. Here’s how to make the most of your visit to the capital before and after kickoff.
How to Have the Most Canadian Day Ever in Toronto
What are the most Canadian things to do in Toronto? Tour multicultural neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Kensington Market, visit the Art Gallery of Ontario and spend the evening at TIFF Bell Lightbox or at an iconic music hall like Horseshoe Tavern.