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30 things to do in and around Ottawa before the end of summer

[ ![End of Summer](/legacy/02130.gif) ](http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjrimages/7949875004/)
End of summer in Carleton Place. Photo by [ Marcel Regimbald ](http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjrimages/) , from the [ OttawaStart Flickr Group ](http://www.flickr.com/groups/ottawastart/pool/with/7949875004/) .

Hurry! Act now! Time is running out! Here are 30 things to do in Ottawa before the end of summer. Ready, set, go!

 1. 
Build a
[
 rock sculpture
](http://ottawastart.com/photos-theres-a-rock-art-festival-at-remic-rapids-this-weekend/)
on the Ottawa River.

 2. 
Buy everything you need for dinner at
[
 a farmers' market
](http://ottawastart.com/food-markets.php)
.

 3. 
Watch
[
 Mosaika
](http://ottawastart.com/story/20552.php)
on Parliament Hill.

 4. 
Visit a
[
 museum
](http://ottawastart.com/museums.php)
.  (Learn about
[
 ants
](http://www.ottawastart.com/story/20613.php)
or
[
 use The Force
](http://ottawastart.com/photos-from-the-star-wars-identities-exhibit-at-the-canada-aviation-and-space-museum/)
.)

 5. 
Have dinner at
[
 8 Locks Flat
](http://8locksflat.com/)
along the Canal.

 6. 
Take a cool photo of our city and
[
 share it with the rest of us
](http://www.flickr.com/groups/ottawastart)
.

 7. 
Watch a movie in a park. (For example, in
[
 Centretown
](http://centretownmovies.wordpress.com/)
or
[
 Stittsville
](http://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/3910261-movies-at-village-square-park/)
.)

 8. 
Watch the
[
 fireworks at Lac Leamy
](http://ottawastart.com/fireworks.php)
.

 9. 
Ride your bike
[
 down a parkway on Sunday
](http://ottawastart.com/bike.php)
.

 10. 
Bike down
[
 that really steep hill behind Major's Hill Park
](http://www.quietfish.com/notebook/?p=12447)
.

 11. 
Hire
[
 a rickshaw
](http://ottawarickshaws.ca/)
to drive you through downtown.

 12. 
March along with the
[
 Changing of the Guard
](http://ottawastart.com/changingoftheguard.php)
.

 13. 
Have a picnic at
[
 Pinhey's Point
](https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinheyspoint.ca%2F&ei=c30JUuy8IYa6yQGCtIHoDg&usg=AFQjCNF8Hl40VmS_OO36DgUPv5_8GOwThg&sig2=5_E49ARgPpUddGTGBtdZPA&bvm=bv.50500085,d.aWc)
or the
[
 Arboretum
](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion_Arboretum)
.

 14. 
Eat some
[
 street food
](http://ottawastart.com/story/19937.php)
.

 15. 
Build a sand castle at
[
 a local beach
](http://ottawastart.com/swimming.php)
.

 16. 
Take your dog for a run at
[
 Lemieux Island
](http://ottawastart.com/search-results2.php?cx=partner-pub-8100917805948189%3A4985262184&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=UTF-8&q=lemieux+island&sa=search+entire+web)
.

 17. 
Drink
[
 a local beer
](http://ottawastart.com/search-results.php?cx=partner-pub-8100917805948189%3A4493787536&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=UTF-8&q=craft+beer&sa=search+our+site)
on a local patio.

 18. 
Do some
[
 dancing
](http://ottawastart.com/story/20612.php)
on Sparks Street.

 19. 
Check out the
[
 classic cars
](http://ottawastart.com/a-few-photos-of-classic-cars-from-kanata-cruise-night-last-week/)
at Hazeldean Mall.

 20. 
Go to a
[
 drive-in movie
](http://ottawastart.com/movies.php)
.

 21. 
Walk around and
[
 admire Ottawa's street art
](http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/sites/default/files/pubs/12017_streetsmart.pdf)
.

 22. 
Visit an Ottawa
[
 winery
](http://agritourismguide.ca/2010/10/15/wineries-in-the-ottawa-region/)
.

 23. 
Invite your neighbours over for a barbecue.

 24. 
Play
[
 mini-golf.
](http://ottawastart.com/golf.php)

 25. 
[
 Do yoga on Parliament Hill.
](http://ottawastart.com/awesome-ottawa-yoga-on-parliament-hill/)

 26. 
Paddle around
[
 Dow's Lake
](https://twitter.com/DowsLakeOttawa)
.

 27. 
Take a little road trip to Manotick or Carleton Place or Almonte or Wakefield or Perth.

 28. 
[
 Go to the fair.
](http://ottawastart.com/fairs.php)

 29. 
Teach yourself how to
[
 skateboard
](http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/parks-and-recreation/parks-and-sports-fields/skateboarding-parks)
.

 30. 
Go
[
 zip lining
](http://campfortune.com/summer/welcome-summer/)
.

_ (adapted from a similar list last year ) _

** What else should we add to this list? ** Add your ideas in the comments below.

** See also: ** Ottawa Tourism Guide

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