Ottawa activities: more than just tulips and the Rideau Canal

Ottawa activities: more than just tulips and the Rideau Canal

Residents of The Slater Condos will enjoy a privileged location, close to innumerable entertainment venues and activities, ranging from the traditional to the unique.

Yes, the Capital region is beautiful, and there is nothing lacking to see and do in Ottawa, summer or winter. As a tourist or a new resident of the city, you are bound to want to see and do all those things that Ottawa is famous for. But as a permanent resident, you may want to dig a little deeper and discover all the city has to offer, from the traditional, to the inspiring, to the downright quirky.

Traditional Ottawa activities and events

First up, a tour of the Parliament buildings

The gorgeous Gothic-style structures are home to the political and cultural heart of the city. Free guided tours are available daily, including a chance to head up to the Peace Tower for an incredible view of the city.

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The Canadian Tulip Festival

In celebration of the return of Spring, over a million tulips in 50 varieties bloom in public spaces across the National Capital Region. The highest concentration of tulips can be found in the flower beds of Commissioners Park, just down the street from The Slater condos.

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The Rideau Canal

In the winter, the Canal becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway. At 7.8 kilometres, it's the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. As you skate along, you can find stands offering hot soup, hot chocolate, and Beaver Tails! Of course, the Canal is also the premiere location for Ottawa's famous winter festival, Winterlude.

In the warmer months, the canal is a haven for walkers, runners, and cyclists, who can wind along its scenic, rolling green banks. Boating enthusiasts can enjoy a guided cruise and float gently along its calm waters.

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Ottawa museums

There seems to be no end to the amount and type of museums you can visit in the National Capital. From the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada, to the Currency Museum, the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, the Portrait Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Ski Museum, and so, so many more.

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The ByWard Market

The ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. Home to a local farmers' market and artisans with over 260 stands, as well as over 500 businesses, it is the premier destination for shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment for residents and visitors alike.

ByWard-Market

Ottawa nightlife

If you're a resident at The Slater Condos, you won't have to travel far to party the night away. Most of Ottawa's popular bars and clubs can be found in the ByWard Market's North end along York, Clarence and Dalhousie Streets. Whether you're into country, Latin music, house, dance, or jazz, Ottawa will have a scene for you.

From the warehouse-style Liquor Store Party Bar, The Whiskey Bar's dance floor, Pub 101's large outdoor terrace, and great live music at Zaphod Beeblebrox, all on York Street, to house music at Kavali Nightclub, the unique El Furniture Warehouse dive bar, both on Clarence, and the new and increasingly popular Atari on Dalhousie, there is no shortage of places to enjoy Ottawa's electric nightlife.

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Want to try something off the beaten path?

Take a quest, a haunted walk, or escape from a locked room

UrbanQuest offers a range of exciting ways to explore the city; from a Foodie Quest, to a hunt for murals around the city, to a time-travelling adventure. A clue package leads you along as you solve puzzles and see interesting sights.

The Haunted Walk offers chill seekers guided tours of some of the most 'haunted' places in the city. Try a jail tour, an adventure tour deep inside the labyrinth of Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, or the Ottawa outdoor haunted walk where you are led by lantern to some of the city's favourite spooky locations.

Put your puzzle solving skills to the test and escape from mysterious locked rooms. Located on Queen Street, a short walk from The Slater Condos, Escape Manor offers five different rooms with five different themes. You can choose your adventure, each with its own set of challenges.

Croon with a queen

On Saturday nights, the Shanghai Restaurant in Chinatown turns into a quirky club. Join the eccentric drag queen, China Doll, for the popular karaoke night.

Salute the sun on Parliament Hill

In the summer, join hundreds of fellow downward-doggers for free one-hour yoga classes on the lush green lawn in front of the Parliament buildings.

Visit the “whispering wall"

Located on Parliament Hill, this curved wall has strange properties, allowing you and a friend to stand or sit at either end and hear what the other person whispers.

Take a class at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute

No experience required! Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute offers a full schedule of culinary classes ranging from one afternoon to four days long. Taught by Master Chef instructors, the courses offer something for everyone, from beginners to industry professionals.

Of course, this is just a small suggested sampling of the wide variety of activities and entertainment available in downtown Ottawa, proving that the Nation's Capital has more to offer than the traditional tourist fare. As a resident of The Slater condominium project in Ottawa, you will have plenty of time to explore your city and discover its many diverse layers and personalities.

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