Summer Fun For All

Friday Jul 08th, 2022


Summer has arrived in beautiful Ottawa!

The weather is warmer, the flowers are in full bloom and the sky looks a little bluer. Our weekends are spent outside and our free time is filled with laughter and a few more smiles. It’s time to kick back and soak up the sunshine with a cold drink in hand! We know summer is the season of vacations, fun with friends, and relaxation at our favourite spots. Team Jean Richer is here to give you a fully packed list of ways to enjoy your season's favourites to the fullest in our fantastic city. We hope you'll check out these local city gems and tell us what you think! 


Grab a Sweet Treat 


Summer is all about the best cold treat around, ice cream!

There is nothing that hits the spot on a hot summer day more, like the classic scoop. After a day by the beach, a long bike ride, or a family picnic, ice cream is the perfect end to a fun summer day! Ottawa is serving up delicious frosty treats near and far that everyone is sure to love at these sweet local locations! 


Enjoy a Dreamy Drive-In Movie

A year after year summer classic, watching a drive-in movie! There is nothing quite like the nostalgia of watching a drive-in movie in the summer with your favourite snacks and favourite people! For some extra fun, watch the movie from the bed of a truck! Pack blankets and pillows for extra comfort. Head to one of these spots to check out their next film. 


Summer U-Pick 

Berry picking is always an enjoyable part of summer. From strawberries, and blueberries to blackberries and raspberries! Fresh local produce is something we can all enjoy! This family-friendly activity is fit for one and all! The best part of Berry picking is coming home and baking your freshly picked berries into something delicious. This is the perfect time to get the kids together and teach them to make a cherished family recipe passed down from generations! Berry picking is also a fun way to get together with friends and then, later on, create homemade cocktails with your berry finds at home! Give these berry-picking spots a try late this summer.


Lake Lounging 

Nothing says summer like a day at the lake!

Enjoying a picnic lunch after taking a dip in the water while sitting on your towel is one of my fondest memories! The lake is the perfect spot to play games with friends and catch up while enjoying the summer heat. Grab your best summer read and don't forget your sunscreen and your flip-flops! It's time to take in a day lakeside at one of these great Ottawa locations this July and August! 

  • Britannia Beach
  • Mooney’s Bay
  • Petrie Island Beach
  • Brighton Beach Park
  • Constance Bay Beach


Sit Back and Sip

Head to a local winery with friends! 
It’s time to get fancy! Put on your best summer outfit and head to one of the city's local vineyards for a taste of Ottawa! Try a great trio of wines during a provided tasting to find your favourite flavor to take home! Many Ottawa wineries serve up delicious menus or picnic-style options so you can sit and enjoy a meal with your pals. Check out these beautiful locals! 


Sunset Memories

Summer is all about enjoying the little things.

Taking in the beauty of a sunset is the perfect way to appreciate nature and summer while it lasts. Head to a local park, put the tailgate down, and sit and admire the changing colours in front of you. Or take in the sunset on the beach with a comfy blanket, your dog and a few snacks! 
These are the perfect Ottawa spots to relax and enjoy a peaceful evening sunset! 

  • Ottawa Locks
  • Rideau Canal
  • Major's Hill Park
  • The Arboretum
  • Andrew Haydon Park
  • Shirley's Bay


Hike Your Heart Out

Who’s ready to enjoy a great view?

Taking a nature hike in the summer is the perfect way to admire Ottawa’s scenery. Getting outside in the great outdoors allows you to unplug from the work week and focus on the beauty around you. Hiking is also a good way to spend quality time with someone you love! Take a little day trip and try out one of these hiking destinations this summer! 

  • Eagles nest 
  • Luskville Falls Trail
  • Outaouais Trail
  • King Mountain 
  • Sarsaparilla Trail 
  • Booth’s Rock trail 
  • Barron Canyon Trail  


We hope you have a fun-filled summer, with nothing but happy times and the making of new memories! This blog was designed to help you do just that!

We hope you enjoy exploring Ottawa this summer with these fun ideas! If you like what you read feel free to share this blog with others! 

Happy Summer Everyone!






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