It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the August long weekend already… the summer season sure does fly by! The good news is that we still have 53 official days of summer left to enjoy. And what better place to enjoy these last couple of months of summer than in our nation’s capital region! We have so many fun attractions that you may not even be aware of. We have compiled a list of our favourite unique attractions in the Ottawa area so you can enjoy the rest of your summer to the fullest! Many of these adventures are new for 2021, but a few are traditional fan favourites.
Whether you are a thrill-seeker looking to get an adventure of a lifetime by skydiving or bungee jumping. Or, if you enjoy the more calm and peaceful experiences such as horseback riding in the hills, you are going to love these top unique adventures in the capital region!
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New for 2021, the Interzip Rogers zipline is the first interprovincial zipline to ever exist! Come and experience the incredible sensation to zoom at 40km/hr, 120ft above the Ottawa River border between Quebec and Ontario. The Interzip has two separate cables so you and a friend can enjoy your fly at the same time. At the end of your trip, you can even grab a souvenir photo from Kool Replay for $19 so you can remember it always! Be sure to book ahead to make sure you get a ticket as they do fill up quickly.
Location: 40 Rue Jos-Montferrand, Gatineau, QC
Do you like speed? Then you are going to love Calabogie Motorsport Park! At the track, you can come as a spectator, or you can sign up for the adrenaline-rushed experience of driving in one of these cars yourself! With different driving experiences such as the Mustang Racecar Experience, the Motorcycle Experience, the Winter Driving Clinic, or the Driving Experience using your very own car! The prices below only reflect the driving experience prices and not spectator events. Check the website calendar for spectator event dates you can attend.
Price: $119 – $1,599
Location: 462 Wilson Farm Rd, Calabogie
Delta Force is the world’s largest paintball company and we have a location right here in our own backyard! Unlike most paintball experiences, Delta Force incorporates “movie-set” paintball scenarios and state-of-the-art equipment combined with an incredible natural landscape. This ultra safe experience is chaperoned by fully trained team members to guide and referee all games. Delta Force wants everybody to have a great day from the quiet beginner to the seasoned paintball veteran.
Price: $14.99 – $105
Location: 2001 Speedway Rd, Stittsville
Experience nature in this unique water maze only 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa! Choose your water vessel between a paddleboat, canoe or paddleboard and then set sail into the giant water maze with over 4kms of water canals to discover. Explore the richness of the land and find various hidden clues to answer a mystery question along the way. Children and parents alike will enjoy either measuring their knowledge and sense of adventure or relaxing at their leisure while taking in the sights and sounds of nature.
Price: $37 – $60
Location: 52, Chemin les Sources La Pêche (Wakefield), Qc
Can’t decide whether you want to see Ottawa by land or water? Why not try the Lady Dive Amphibus Tour! This amazing superbus offers a beautiful scenic ride and floats around the city of Ottawa and in the Ottawa River. That’s right, this unique bus also takes you into the water! Enjoy your 1 hour guided tour with your informative tour guide who provides entertaining commentary in both French and English along the way. This unique experience truly is one of a kind and you won’t find this in most cities! In fact, this amphibus tour is one of the only of its kind in all of Ontario!
Price: $24 – $34.25
Location: 59 Sparks St., Ottawa
2021 came with all kinds of surprises for Ottawa, including the Ottawa Tiki Tours! This relaxing 90-minute tour takes place on the Ottawa River in a Hawaiian-style palapa hut. What could be more unique than this! Bring your friends, co-workers or family as you float around and enjoy your drinks. They offer sunset cruises, whole day rates, bachelorette parties, office events, birthday and graduation parties, they even offer weddings! The Tiki Tour is a fully licensed bar but does not include food. You are welcome to BYO snacks though!
Price: $60 – $600
Location: 160 Laurier st Jaques-Cartier Park, Warf, Gatineau, QC
Feeling a little extreme? Why not try out Parachute Ottawa! This skydiving team has over 185,000 combined experiences jumping from a plane and has developed an expertise that includes first jumps (tandems), civilian freefall, canopy coaching, and military training. Parachute Ottawa was created with the partnership of Mobility Lab, which is a leader in military parachuting equipment. The experience this team has gained with the Canadian Armed Forces solidifies the overall skydiving and training expertise, which no other skydiving center in Canada has. So you know you are safe with Parachute Ottawa! The landing area covers nearly 400,000 square feet and is free from obstacles. Your friends and family will have a great view of your landing since the main landing area is only 50 feet from the spectator area.
Price: $245 – $305
Location: 615 Johnston Rd, Arnprior
This experience is a little less extreme and a little more peaceful. At Captiva Farms in Wakefield, Quebec, you can ride one of the many beautiful horses over 450 acres of pristine farmland. Never rode a horse before? No problem, at Captiva Farms you can learn to horseback ride in the stunning Gatineau hills! Summer day camps and pony rides are always popular with the kids! The trail rides are offered all year long, so you can even ride through the snow in the winter months too.
Price: $25 – $55
Location: 189 Chem. de la Montagne, Wakefield, QC
Founded in 1990, Canadian Bungee’s site at “The Rock”, was and still is the highest bungee jump in Canada. This awesome experience continues to provide the thrill of a lifetime for thousands of people each year. If you aren’t up for the 200ft water jump, then you can enjoy the 1050ft long zipline 200ft above the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon. This zipline might not be quite as thrilling as the bungee jump, but you will reach speeds of just under 100 km/hr! Everyone who participates in bungee jumping and ziplining can also purchase a full video created by Kool Replay so they can relive the experience over and over again!
Price: $34 – $130.46
Location: 1780 Rte 105, Chelsea, QC
Few have dared to paddle over the rapid of the Mighty Ottawa River for centuries. Some of the rapids on this beast of a river can be pretty wild, however, there are a few that can be tamed right in the heard of our beautiful city! Let Ottawa City Adventures be your guide to exploring some of the untamed sections of The Ottawa River! Not looking for an extreme raft ride? Try out the solo-raft tubing! Paddle down the Ottawa River from Bates Island to the War Museum in a two-hour guided adventure in your own individual kayak tube. Explore a side of Ottawa you’ve never seen before as you journey down over 3km of the river with stunning shoreline views of the Capital and Parliament!
Location: 102 Greenview Ave, Ottawa
In conclusion, we hope you enjoy our list of the 10 most unique adventures in the capital region!
The Susan & Moe Team hopes that you enjoy these last few weeks of summer. We hope for great weather so you and your family can get outdoors and have fun checking out some great adventures on our list!
Not interested in paying money to have fun? No problem! In addition to this post, you may want to check out a few of our free or cheaper outdoor fun ideas such as Ottawa’s best beaches, our safe & fun summer bucket list, and 10 day trips from Ottawa!