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At least 40 things you should do in Ottawa before summer's over (2019 edition)

Summer views at Nepean Point. (Photo/Devyn Barrie)

We’re nearly halfway through August and the summer is just flying by.  But there’s still a lot of hot days and sunshine left. Here’s a list of 40 things you should check out before September.

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  1. Go see Northern Lights and/or do yoga (Wednesdays at noon) on Parliament Hill.
  2. Ride your bike on a parkway during Nokia Sunday Bikedays.
  3. Have another beer on another patio.
  4. Buy fresh food at a local farmers' market.
  5. Visit a local winery or brewery.
  6. Take a road trip to Almonte or Merrickville or Perth or Wakefield or Cornwall or Maniwaki or even Gananoque.
  7. Go to a music festival.
  8. Watch some theatre in a park from A Company of Fools or Odyssey Theatre.
  9. Go to the Capital Fair.
  10. Skateboard.
  11. Take a haunted walk.
  12. Go see the Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery.
  13. Walk around and admire Ottawa’s street art.
  14. Sample some street food.
  15. Go for a stroll on the path along the Rideau Canal.
  16. Build a sand castle at a beach or swim in an outdoor pool.
  17. Explore a cave.
  18. Take a photo of a gorgeous sunset.
  19. Go to a drive-in movie. There’s one in Gatineau and one near Perth.
  20. Go to an outdoor movie like Centretown Movies.
  21. Check out Saturday night reggae at Westboro Beach.
  22. Learn about the brilliant mind of Leonardo da Vinci at the Museum of Science and Technology.
  23. Walk through the grounds at Rideau Hall.
  24. Rent a paddleboat at Dow’s Lake.
  25. Play mini-golf.
  26. Take your dog for a run at Lemieux Island.
  27. Take a hike in the Greenbelt.
  28. Go to a water park;  Calypso or Mont Cascades.
  29. Check out flying dinosaura at the Nature Museum.
  30. See some fireworks at the history museum.
  31. Go to a beach in the Gatineaus.
  32. Bike down that really steep hill behind Major’s Hill Park.
  33. Enjoy the many events of Ottawa Pride, including the parade down Bank Street.
  34. Invite your neighbours over for a BBQ.
  35. Go for a walk down Elgin Street and enjoy the lack of car traffic.
  36. Hire a rickshaw.
  37. Go for a long-distance bike ride, such as via the Trans-Canada Trail in the west end.
  38. Ride on a pirate ship on the Rideau Canal.
  39. Watch the hot air balloons over Gatineau.
  40. Go ziplining.

(Originally posted in 2012 and updated many times since then.)