The Nature Itinerary
The Nature itinerary combines outdoor adventure in Ottawa’s beautiful natural setting with discovery and excitement indoors.
9:00 am: Enjoy the scenery along the Rideau Canal on the way to the 400 hectares of the Experimental Farm. At the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum within the farm, take a tour of a modern dairy barn, check out the tractors or wander through the spectacular ornamental gardens.
2:00 pm: A ‘Nature’ tour of Ottawa would not be complete without seeing the wildlife dioramas at the Canadian Museum of Nature. You’ll find plenty of natural artifacts, including seven rebuilt, full‐sized dinosaur skeletons, a Bird Gallery with over 500 specimens, and a 19.8‐metre whale skeleton!
5:00 pm: Wander down Elgin Street, to the National War Memorial near Confederation Square. Afterwards, stroll over to Major’s Hill Park for a fabulous view of the Canadian Museum of Civilization across the Ottawa River. Make your way down the hill to the Rideau Canal locks and board Capital Cruises for an educational boat tour on the Ottawa River.
9:00 am: Enjoy a hike, snowshoe or ski in the breathtaking beauty of Gatineau Park, a nature reserve with hundreds of kilometres of trails, just 15 minutes from Ottawa.
11:30 am: Located nearby is Camp Fortune Aerial Experience, featuring a course of suspended walkways, rope bridges and net gangways. Set aside at least three hours for this exhilarating adventure that finishes with a thrilling zip‐line ride guaranteed to get your heart rate up! Or choose to face your fears at Great Canadian Bungee, the highest jump (200 feet) in North America.
Youth/family‐friendly option: Only 20 minutes east of Ottawa, Calypso Waterpark is the summer place to be with state‐of‐the‐art water rides, a huge wave pool, a river run, slides galore, a white water experience and Zoo Lagoon – a safe haven for toddlers.
2:30 pm: Take a break at Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea. Grab a bite then enjoy nature from the comfort of a whirlpool and their Scandinavian baths.
7:00 pm: Reserve your seats at Mamma Grazzi’s and enjoy old world Italian cuisine at its best! Don’t forget an espresso and gelato for dessert!
Evening option: The casual relaxed atmosphere at Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro invites guests to linger and unwind. With an outstanding selection of wines, and a selection of malt whisky and imported beers that allow your taste buds to dance the night away.
7:00 am: A river‐rafting expedition will satisfy anyone’s craving for adventure. Several companies, including Wilderness Tours, OWL Rafting, and RiverRun Rafting, offer guided trips down the region’s rapids. For the less‐than‐adventurous types, a day on the greens will hit the spot with more than 100 golf courses within the greater region, including the Marshes at Brookstreet.
If you don’t want to leave town for the day, hundreds of kilometres of recreational pathways beckon the walker or the cyclist, so begin the day at RentABike and cycle along the Rideau Canal to Dows Lake (35 minutes). Pedal through the Arboretum and explore the flora and fauna in the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. Other recommended routes include the Colonel By bike path to Hog’s Back Falls or the Ottawa River Parkway to Kitchissippi Lookout.
1:00 pm: Recharge your batteries with a great meal at the Mill Street Brew Pub, a unique setting to grab a pint, enjoy innovative food pairings, brewery tours and sampling including specialty beers available only onsite and at select Ottawa establishments.
After lunch do some shopping at the Rideau Centre, downtown Ottawa’s biggest shopping destination.
8:00 pm: The Casino du Lac‐Leamy offers slot machines, blackjack, and a variety of poker games, among many other options. If gaming isn’t for you, there is always great entertainment at the Théâtre du Casino.