Five Outdoor Activities in Ottawa to Stay Active This Summer

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Not only does Ottawa have a variety of restaurants and tourist attractions, but the city also provides a fantastic atmosphere for those who enjoy being active all year round. Whether it’s a high-intensity workout or yoga with a view, Ottawa has an activity for everyone to enjoy while being easily accessible from our Osgoode properties thanks to OC Transpo and stress-free shuttle buses. 

1. Water Adventures at Dow's Lake

Between the months of May and early October, Dow’s Lake provides excellent summer rentals for outdoor exploration and activity. Centrally located and easily accessible, this area is closest to our downtown neighbourhood. Activities that you can try include renting canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and paddleboats! No previous experience or equipment is required – everything from a life jacket to dry lockers are included to ensure that you have a fantastic experience on the river. To learn more about this water experience, visit the Dow’s Lake website here

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2. Go for a Hike in Gatineau Park

With weekend shuttles from the National Capital Commission available now through August 28th, it’s easier than ever to take a hike and explore the iconic attractions of Gatineau Park. Enjoy the beautiful views at Champlain Lookout or Pink Lake before heading on an unforgettable summer adventure through the stunning trails of Gatineau. With many stops along the trail, this activity will help you get all your daily steps in and will leave you with a camera roll full of amazing summer memories to look back on. Take a look at the NCC website for all the details on the shuttle and to discover everything you need to know about this must-visit park! 

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3. Embrace Your Inner Yogi

Practicing yoga inside is one thing, but outside elevates the experience unlike anything else. Ottawa is lucky to have many yoga classes and activities available for every level of experience, with a variety of events and classes happening outdoors in the summer. One of which is Lansdowne Park’s full moon yoga, which happens once a month under a full moon. With the next session coming up on August 11th at 9:00 pm, this free event is one hour long and is located on Lansdowne’s Great Lawn. Another yoga event happening consistently throughout the summer is Pure Yoga’s weekly class by instructor Brittany Bryden. This costs $21 per class and is located in the dreamiest hidden courtyard garden of the National Gallery of Canada! 

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4. Take Advantage of Weekend Bike Days

Every weekend from May to October, the National Capital Commission opens parkways in Ottawa exclusively for active use. Activities include biking, walking, running and in-line skating are all welcome during mornings and afternoons on these days. Experiencing the car-free roads is a fantastic way to enjoy some of our National Capital’s most beautiful summer views in a fun, environmentally-friendly way. Locations participating in the 2022 Weekend Bike Days include the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, and Gatineau Park. 

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5. Explore the City by Bike

Ottawa’s Escape Tours and Rentals make it easy to explore the city by bike. Included with every rental are a helmet, a lock, a map, and even a bag or basket to make sure you have everything you need for your adventure! With a variety of bike options to choose from and a convenient location on Sparks Street, they also host cycling tours of Ottawa’s highlights for those who are new to the city or looking to learn more. This activity allows you to be active while discovering our history, culture, and charming neighbourhoods from a different perspective! 

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In every corner of Ottawa, there’s a way to be active and to try an activity you may have never done before. With summer officially in full swing, there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy the sun! 

At Osgoode Properties, all of our buildings are conveniently located close-by to parks, paths and green space, making living the active lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of a breeze. What are you waiting for?

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