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Checklist: At least 40 things you should do in Ottawa before summer's over

[ A craftsman who constructs Inushuks along the Ottawa River steps out of his working gear.
  ](http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdb466/5072441910/)

Rock sculptures along the Ottawa River (see #36).
  Photo by
  [
   Ross Dunn
  ](http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdb466/5072441910/in/pool-ottawastart/)
  and shared on the
  [
   OttawaStart Flickr Group
  ](http://www.flickr.com/groups/ottawastart/)
  .

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 or so things you should check out before September.

(You can add your recommendations in the comments below.

 1. 
Go see
[
 Mosaika
](http://www.ottawastart.com/story/16950.php)
and/or do
[
 yoga
](http://ottawastart.com/awesome-ottawa-yoga-on-parliament-hill/)
on Parliament Hill.

 2. 
Ride your bike on a parkway during
[
 Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays
](http://ottawastart.com/story/16949.php)
.

 3. 
Have another beer on
[
 another patio
](http://foodieprints.com/search/?q=patio)
.

 4. 
Buy fresh food at a local
[
 farmers' market
](http://ottawastart.com/food-markets.php)
.

 5. 
Visit a
[
 local winery
](http://agritourismguide.ca/2010/10/15/wineries-in-the-ottawa-region/)
or
[
 brewery
](http://www.yelp.ca/search?cflt=breweries&find_loc=Ottawa%2C+ON)
.

 6. 
Take a road trip to Almonte or Merrickville or Perth or Wakefield or even Cornwall.

 7. 
Listen to some music at an
[
 outdoor music festival
](http://ottawastart.com/festivals.php)
.

 8. 
Go to an
[
 electronic music festival
](http://piknicelectronikgatineau.com/)
.

 9. 
Watch some theatre in a park from
[
 A Company of Fools
](http://fools.ca/)
or
[
 Odyssey Theatre
](http://www.odysseytheatre.ca/)
.

 10. 
[
 Go to the fair.
](http://ottawastart.com/fairs.php)

 11. 
[
 Skateboard.
](http://ottawa.ca/en/rec_culture/park_facility/parks/skateboarding/)

 12. 
Go
[
 ghost hunting
](http://www.ghosttownpix.com/ontario/regions/indexeast.html)
or take a
[
 haunted walk
](http://www.hauntedwalk.com/)
.

 13. 
Go see Van Gogh Up Close at the
[
 National Gallery
](http://www.gallery.ca/vangogh/)
.

 14. 
Walk around and
[
 admire Ottawa's street art
](http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/sites/default/files/pubs/12017_streetsmart.pdf)
.

 15. 
Sample some
[
 street food
](http://twitter.com/StreetFoodOTT/)
.

 16. 
Play in the sand at the temporary
[
 Rideau Canal Beach
](http://ottawastart.com/story/17127.php)
.

 17. 
Build a sand castle at
[
 a real beach
](http://ottawastart.com/swimming.php)
or
[
 swim in an outdoor pool
](http://ottawastart.com/swimming.php)
.

 18. 
[
 Explore a cave.
](http://www.bonnecherecaves.com/)

 19. 
Take a photo of a gorgeous
[
 sunset
](http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=ottawa+sunset)
.

 20. 
Go to a
[
 drive-in movie
](http://ottawastart.com/movies.php)
.  There's one in Gatineau and one near Perth.

 21. 
Go to an outdoor movie like
[
 Centretown Movies
](http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CHIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.csit.carleton.ca%2F~arya%2Fcm%2F&ei=RVUoUP_pJ4iG6QHGyIHgBw&usg=AFQjCNGJZlbLRYyV4z47IQceWx33lJI60w)
or a
[
 movie on the beach
](http://www.majic100.fm/contests/default.asp)
.

 22. 
Check out Saturday night reggae at
[
 Westboro Beach
](http://ottawastart.com/search-results2.php?cx=partner-pub-8100917805948189%3A4985262184&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=UTF-8&q=%22westboro+beach%22&sa=search+entire+web)
.

 23. 
Go see Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition at the
[
 Museum of Science and Technology
](http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/english/whatson/2012-sex-a-tell-all-exhibition.cfm)
.

 24. 
Walk through the grounds at
[
 Rideau Hall
](http://www.gg.ca/)
.

 25. 
[
 Rent a paddleboat at Dow's Lake.
](http://www.dowslake.com/)

 26. 
Play
[
 mini-golf.
](http://ottawastart.com/golf.php)

 27. 
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)
.

 28. 
Take a hike in the
[
 Greenbelt
](http://ottawastart.com/greenbelt.php)
.

 29. 
Go to a
[
 water park
](http://ottawastart.com/swimming.php)
.  Calypso or Mont Cascades.

 30. 
Check out World Press Photo at the
[
 War Museum
](http://www.warmuseum.ca/event/2012-world-press-photo)
.

 31. 
See some
[
 fireworks
](http://ottawastart.com/fireworks.php)
at Lac Leamy.

 32. 
Go to a
[
 beach
](http://ottawastart.com/swimming.php)
in the Gatineaus.

 33. 
[
 Bike down that really steep hill behind Major's Hill Park.
](http://www.quietfish.com/notebook/?p=12447)

 34. 
See the whales at the
[
 Museum of Nature
](http://nature.ca/en/plan-your-visit/what-see-do/our-exhibitions/whales-tohora)
.

 35. 
Invite your neighbours over for a bbq.

 36. 
Go see the
[
 rock sculptures
](http://ottawastart.com/story/17498.php)
along the Ottawa River.

 37. 
Visit the
[
 Wild Bird Care Centre
](http://www.wildbirdcarecentre.org/)
.

 38. 
Learn how they wash the cows at the
[
 Agriculture Museum
](http://www.agriculture.technomuses.ca/)
.

 39. 
Ride on
[
 a pirate ship at Mooney's Bay
](http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CEgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pirateadventures.ca%2F&ei=iVYoUJ-mGabr6QGP7IHIDw&usg=AFQjCNFxrD7HvG3mRr9Ta2EvSkdTStH6jw)
.

 40. 
Watch the
[
 hot air balloons over Gatineau
](http://www.montgolfieresgatineau.com/)
.

_ (Updated from last year .) _

** See also: ** Ottawa Tourism Guide

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Glenn Gower

Community volunteer & advocate. Councillor-elect in Stittsville.