As the warm sun blankets the city of Ottawa, July offers an array of exciting activities and events to make your summer unforgettable. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, this vibrant Canadian capital has something for everyone. From cultural festivals to outdoor adventures, let’s explore the top things to do in Ottawa in July 2023.

Canada Day Celebrations: Kick off the month with Canada Day festivities,  join the heartwarming celebrations featuring live music, parades, fireworks, and a host of cultural activities at Parliament Hill and Major’s Hill Park. It’s a perfect opportunity to embrace Canadian pride and experience the nation’s rich heritage.

Enjoy Outdoor Concerts at RBC Bluesfest: Get in touch with your musical side at RBC Bluesfest, one of Canada’s largest music festivals. From Jul6 to 16, this event showcases a lineup of renowned artists from various genres including Shania Twain, Weezer, Foo Fighters, and Mumford & Sons. Come enjoy the electric atmosphere at LeBreton Flats Park.

Wander Through the ByWard Market: While you’re heading downtown, Take a stroll through the historic ByWard Market, Ottawa’s oldest neighborhood. Indulge in a culinary adventure as you explore the market’s diverse range of local produce, gourmet treats, and international cuisines. Don’t forget to visit the unique boutiques, art galleries, and charming cafes that dot the area.

Discover Nature at Gatineau Park: Escape the city’s bustle and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Gatineau Park. Hike along scenic trails, rent a bike, or have a picnic amidst the stunning landscapes. Don’t miss the iconic Pink Lake, where the vibrant hue of the water is a sight to behold. Embrace the tranquility and reconnect with nature.

Experience our museums: Ottawa boasts a large array of museums that offer enriching experiences for visitors. These include The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau provides a fascinating journey through Canada’s past, showcasing Indigenous artifacts, interactive exhibits, and captivating displays. The Canadian Museum of Nature offers an immersive exploration of the natural world, with stunning exhibits on dinosaurs, wildlife, and geological wonders. These museums are must-visit destinations, providing insights into Canada’s history, art, and natural heritage. The National Gallery of Canada showcases a vast collection of Canadian and international art, including renowned works by the Group of Seven and the iconic Maman sculpture. 

Watch live sporting events:  The Commissionaires Ottawa Open is an annual PGA TOUR Canada tournament held at Eagle Creek from July 17th to July 23rd, 2023.  The Ottawa Redblacks host two home games in July including Family Day on the 15th!

Witness the Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill: As the sun sets, prepare to be mesmerized by the Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill. Through captivating imagery, lights, and narration, this enchanting spectacle tells the story of Canada’s history and achievements. Grab a seat on the lawn and immerse yourself in this captivating audiovisual experience.

With its blend of cultural experiences, natural beauty, and vibrant festivals, Ottawa offers an abundance of activities in July 2023. From Canada Day celebrations to outdoor adventures and cultural immersions, the capital city promises an unforgettable summer. Embrace the warmth, immerse yourself in the local charm, and create lasting memories in this captivating Canadian destination.

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