Ottawa: Excursions, Events (1000 Islands)

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Excursions of Ottawa

1000 Islands

The 1000 Islands of River St Lawrence is home to beautiful summer residences and the legendary Boldt Castle. The islands are known for shipwrecks and piracy. Stories of romance and tragedy fill the region that separates Canada from the United States.

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Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant is a haven for skiers, offering some of the best slopes for skiing. Snowboarders and skiers can utilize some of the 94 trails and runs. Skiers are free to test their skills on the ramps and rails, and even on the Olympic caliber super pipe.

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Aventure Lafleche Aerial Park

The Laurentian forest and lake is best viewed during flight. You need to fly at least 30 meters above the trees to get the real picture Also swing in the style of Tarzan on the ropes, and cross wooden footbridges. For the best treetop workout, fly the 200-meter long zip trek lines. Spelunkers are welcome to explore Canadian Shield’s largest cave.

Aventure Lafleche Aerial Park

Events of Ottawa

Canadian Tulip Festival

Thousands of tulips bloom in May during spring time. The 15-km tulip route is the place to be for all nature lovers.

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Changing the Guard

This ceremony at Parliament Hill is best viewed in the summer months from June to August.

Sound and Light Show

This amazing sound and light show portrays songs, poems, stories, and a glimpse of Canada’s achievements. The months from July to September are the best.

Ottawa Bluesfest

This is the second largest blues festival in North America. Some of the best R&B musicians perform at this show in downtown Ottawa.

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Alcatel-Lucent HOPE Volleyball SummerFest

This is the largest charity beach volleyball tournament in the world. Located in Mooney’s Bay Beach, the concert includes some rock musicians.

Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

This is the world’s largest chamber music festival. Some of the concerts are held in the churches of Ottawa.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

This festival held in early September is the largest balloon festival in the country. During the festival, the skies of Gatineau and Ottawa are made beautiful.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival


This winter festival involves skating on the canal, ice sculpting and snowboarding. Indulge in some sumptuous beavertails and hot chocolate.