In Ottawa for the weekend for Canada Day and wondering what to do?
Many people like to visit Parliament Hill for the day’s events – be warned that it will be BUSY! Conveniently, OC Transpo will be free on July 1st and is a great way to get to the hill from Dar’s Inn.
At Parliament Hill, the following events will be taking place:
- there are all day performances starting at 8am
- the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will fly over Parliament Hill at noon
- the evening show starts at 7pm
- Fireworks are at 10pm, weather permitting
Plan in advance for Canada Day on the Hill – word on the street is to leave two hours early and of course, no alcohol is allowed on Parliament Hill!
As with most holidays, many retail establishments will be closed on Sunday July 1st and because Canada Day falls on a Sunday, Monday becomes a statutory holiday. Most non-retail businesses, offices and pretty much all government services are shut down.
Grocery stores and malls remain open on the Sunday, but are closed on the Monday – with the exception of Rideau Centre and Byward Market, which are considered tourist zones and will be open both July 1st and 2nd. Lansdowne was open for the Easter holiday so you may find that it is open for July 1st – you can check it out on your way downtown 🙂
Several museums will be open on July 1st but closed July 2nd.
We are expecting very hot weather this weekend and all of the city beaches will be open. You can Uber or take a bus to Westboro Beach, Britannia Beach or Mooney’s Bay (there is a regatta on this weekend at Mooney’s Bay).
If you want to avoid the crowds and hang closer to Dar’s Inn, you might want to check out Canada Day at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum from 9:30am to 4:30m.
And last but not least… when you are tired of it all, why not hang out in a hammock in or out of the gazebo in our backyard – it’s our little slice of heaven in Ottawa 🙂