The Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal connects Ottawa to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River. The canal divides Ottawa’s downtown core and is primarily used for pleasure boating in the summer and skating in the winter.

Rent a Bike 

The Rideau Canal is lined by bike paths, making bike riding a popular tourist activity in the summer. VeloGo is Ottawa’s official bike share service. To use a VeloGo bike, download the HOPR Tranist App. The cost of this service is $1 to start a ride and $0.16 per minute. Bike and accessory rentals are also available from RentABike located on the Rideau Canal beneath Rideau St. across from the historic Chateau Laurier.


The National Capital Region has several options for guided white-water rafting and kayaking tours for all skill levels.  Owl RaftingRiver Run Rafting, and wilderness tours

Nordik Spa Naturelle 

Nordik Spa Naturelle is an expansive outdoor Spa located 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa in Chealsea, Quebec. With both overnight and day options, Nordik uses a thermal cycle including 4 cold baths, 9 saunas and a variety of relaxation areas. Nordik also offers a variety of massages and body treatments. There are several onsite dining options, including a 19+ Biergarden serving microbrewery beer from the region.