Last summer was my first full summer in Ottawa and I ended up working way more then I thought I would. Which was great because you know, it helps with the whole paying bills and rent thing, but the downside was that September showed up and I felt like we only did a handful of summer-isn things. Sad. So this spring I vowed that that will not happen this year and that we will enjoy the short summer season as much as possible whether we are working or not! We’ll see how this goes ;)
Wherever I live I’m always a tourist. I think it’s sad when people don’t take advantage of where they live and don’t go out and find new things. No matter how long I live somewhere I always love exploring new neighbourhoods, surrounding towns, attractions, coffee shops, parks, etc. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, costly, or far away, as long as it’s something new! So here are a few things that are on my list for this summer:
Beach days / Gatineau Park (Quebec) isn’t a far drive from where we live and I’ve heard that there are a few public beaches that are lovely. However, everyone I ask that lives here has never been to any of them so clearly I need to go and find out for myself how they are.
Ice cream adventures / I’m making it my mission to find the best ice cream in the land ;)
Small towns / There are so many small towns around here that I’m always told I need to see, and I feel that summer is the best time to do that. So far Wakefield, Quebec is on the top of my list but there are a bunch of others that should probably happen too.
Road trips / Windows down, music up, and driving until you get there… wherever you decide ‘there’ is. I love a good summer road trip.
Movies in the park / I don’t remember how I came across this, but I found that Ottawa has outdoor movies through July and August. Bring on the bug spray! I am so ready for it.
Evening strolls downtown / Our lovely capital city has beautiful pathways along the Rideau Canal which is lit up at night, the Byward Market is full of restaurants and shops, and Parliament Hill has a Sound and Light show that draws huge crowds to it’s lawns every night to watch. I love just wandering around on a warm night enjoying it all.
Kayaking / Speaking of the Rideau Canal, one sunny afternoon last summer we rented a canoe at Dow’s Lake and paddled down the canal which was awesome. But this year we’re switching it up and going to attempt kayaking. I’ll let you know how that one goes.
Campfire and s’mores / Sometimes you gotta stick with the classics and what is summer without some melted marshmallow and that delicious smokey smell of a campfire?
I’m sure this list will grow and change as the summer goes on, but I think it’s a pretty good starting point! Happy summer-ing everyone!