Summer has rolled in, the perfect time to embark on exciting adventures and explore the hidden gems near your Osgoode Properties residence. Whether you live in one of our Ottawa, Gatineau, Edmonton, Calgary, or Kingston properties, we’ve curated a list of destinations that promise great summer activities. From serene beaches to unique sightseeing, these experiences are sure to add a touch of magic to your summer.
Grab your sunscreen, pack your bags, and get ready to discover these fantastic spots just a stone's throw away from your Osgoode Properties home.
Britannia Beach in Ottawa
Located on the scenic shores of the Ottawa River, Britannia Beach offers a picturesque retreat in the City’s West end. With soft sand, refreshing waters, and breathtaking views, this gem is a paradise for beach enthusiasts, cottage goers, and boaters alike. Spend a sunny day lounging on the beach, taking a dip in the river, or picnicking in the lush green surroundings.
Adjacent to Britannia Beach you’ll find the Britannia Conservation Area, a 79-hectare natural sanctuary teeming with diverse flora and fauna. Nature lovers can explore the area's well-maintained trails and immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding woodlands.
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Mont Cascades near Gatineau
For those seeking thrills and spills, Mont Cascades is a short drive from Gatineau in Cantley, Quebec. This family-friendly water park boasts an array of exciting water slides, splash pads, and pools that will keep kids and adults entertained for hours. Seeking a more relaxed experience? Mont Cascades offers a beach area where you can bask in the sun, take a dip, or unwind with a good book.
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Fort Edmonton Park in Edmonton
Steeped in history and culture, Fort Edmonton Park, located in the heart of Edmonton, Alberta, offers a captivating journey through time. This living history museum gives visitors a glimpse into the past, showcasing the rich heritage of the Canadian West. Explore the recreated 1846 Hudson's Bay Company fort, where costumed interpreters bring history to life. Engage in interactive experiences, witness traditional craft demonstrations, and learn about the daily lives of fur traders and early settlers. Stroll through bustling vintage street scenes lined with heritage buildings, period costumes, and themed displays.
Fort Edmonton Park isn’t only about history; it also offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment options including vintage carnival rides, live performances, and a steam train for a scenic ride through the park.
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Sikome Aquatic Facility in Calgary
Escape the summer heat at Calgary's Sikome Aquatic Facility, a hidden gem located within Fish Creek Provincial Park. This man-made lake first opened in 1978 and is the perfect spot to cool off and enjoy a beach-like experience in the heart of Calgary. Swim in the refreshing waters, bask in the sun on the sandy shores, or enjoy a picnic in the park's shaded areas. With change rooms, showers, and a concession stand on site, you’re sure to have everything you need for a day trip to this beautiful spot!
Fun fact: The water at this beach is drained during the winter and refilled every spring over a three-week period!
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1000 Islands Cruises in Kingston
Kingston offers a unique experience for both locals and visitors alike, and one of the best ways to soak in the beauty of this region is by water. This historic town is the perfect starting point for exploring the renowned Thousand Islands, one of North America’s largest archipelagos. Cruising through the narrow channels, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of lush landscapes, charming cottages, and picturesque castles that dot the islands. Bring your passport and tour Boldt Castle on Heart Island, a testament to true love built by George C. Boldt for his beloved wife Louise. Singer Castle, on the other hand, offers an intriguing glimpse into the life of a millionaire during the Gilded Age. Its medieval-inspired design and hidden passageways will transport you back in time.
Keep your camera handy to capture the captivating sunsets and unique wildlife in this spectacular region!
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As residents of Osgoode Properties, you have the opportunity to explore incredible hidden gems right on your doorstep. So why wait? Embrace the spirit of adventure, venture out to these unique locales, and create cherished memories as you discover the wonders near your Osgoode Properties residence this summer.
Looking for more summertime adventures? Check out this blog post, Top 5 Ideas for your Ottawa-Gatineau Summer Bucket List.