Free Summer Activities in the Ottawa Area


Come out to the Parliament Hill to see the Change of the Guard every day from June 24th to 28th and from July 2nd to August 23rd, 2018. Every summer morning Parliament Hill is alive with music and colourful drills. The Changing of the Guard began as a morning routine on the Hill in 1959, and has turned into an annual tradition. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. each morning, but arrive about 15 minutes early to grab a spot with a great view.

Northern Lights is a free bilingual show presented nightly from July 9th to September 3rd, 2018. Show times: in July at 10:00 p.m., in August at 9:30 p.m., and in September at 9:00 p.m.

Park-Ticipate is a free, informal drop in 1 hour program offered at various locations by the city of Ottawa. The Park-Ticipate program is geared towards children aged between 4 and 10 and offers a variety of games, crafts and sports. This year, the program will run Monday to Friday starting July 3rd until August 24th 2018.

Storytime at Rideau Hall. From June 29th to August 25th, every Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, Frontier College volunteers invite the general public, families and youth groups to settle in under the Reading Tent to read books and to participate in fun literacy activities.

Bring the kids to see Olympic and Paralympic stars in action at the Canadian Track & Field Championships from July 3rd to 8th at Terry Fox Stadium. Admission is free for kids under 12!

The 6th annual Guyana Fun Day will be held on July 7th from 11am to 8pm at Eccolands Park in Ottawa. Spend some time with good friends and family. Come knock a game of dominoes, a round of trump or a friendly cricket match! Activities for the kids and fun for all! FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING.

The city of Gatineau is offering free dance classes all summer long in different parcs. Dance classes include Zumba, Salsa, Country Heat, Pound and also Yoga and Taï Chi. For more dates, times and locations, the city of Gatineau official website.

Bring your lawn chair and some popcorn and watch a free movie in the park with the kids.

Spend an afternoon cooling down at one of the kid friendly beaches in the Ottawa area or at one of the city’s splashpads.

On either a rainy day or a really hot & humid day, why not visit a museum! You can visit some museums for free on certain days/evenings.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *