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03 Sep, 2016

Cap off summer with these 10 active Ottawa-centric things to do over Labour Day weekend

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

You know, in case you’re looking for something to do other than organize closets, do laundry, and shop for school supplies this weekend. :|

I urge you to STEP AWAY from the washing machine (wasn’t this the year you were going to get the kids to start doing their own laundry?) and go do something FUN and active together as a family.

Here are ten active things to do/places to see in or near Ottawa you can check out. I guarantee, if you go to any of these places, your kids will be so tired they’ll SLEEP LIKE THE DEAD and get back on their regular school schedules in no time flat.

1) The Bonnechere Caves. Exploration! Adventure! Science! It’s all there.

2) Saunders Farm. They’re a Fishbowl patron and I have a big blog post in the works about something delicious we did there recently, but when I started thinking about active family fun I couldn’t help but remember this:

Jumping pillows at Saunders Farm

I TOO have bounced on the bouncy pillows at Saunders! They are awesome.

3) Pink Lake in the Gatineau Hills. The views are so pretty. And it’s an easy loop.

4) For something more challenging, try the Lusk Falls trail!

5) It’s not quite a hike, but a nice stroll nonetheless: Mud Lake.

6) Lansdowne Park. If you haven’t been. GO. Take time to explore the playground. Bring your scooter too!

7) Explore the old Carbide Willson Ruins (a.k.a the Gatineau Park ruins). Bring your bathing suit!

8) Go on a zip lining adventure at les Chutes de Coulogne.

9) Take an epic bike ride. Look at a map and choose your destination! How about taking a trip to la belle province?

10) Find the tallest tree on Ontario. (Hint: it’s in Arnprior).

I’d love to hear what you are doing this weekend. Do you like to do something big for the long weekend? Or stay closer to home?

1 Response to "Cap off summer with these 10 active Ottawa-centric things to do over Labour Day weekend"

1 | Meghan O'Connor

September 4th, 2016 at 2:11 pm


Cottaging on Otty Lake (Perth)… and, of course, the Perth Fair! The fair is a family tradition… we, cousins, once gathered annually for the event to please my grandparents – patrons of Perth. We still gather (from all over Ontario) this weekend each year, now with our own children… teaching the next generation the importance of family traditions:)

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