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Vacation Fun: spending the Civic holiday in Ottawa

August 3 , 2015

There is no better place to be on the August long weekend than the nation's capital. This is a great time to be in Ottawa as there are plenty of exciting events planned around the city for residents and tourists alike. From exciting outdoor festivals to great live music concerts to fun theme parks, you will find no shortage of things to see and do on the long weekend in Ottawa.  

Rideau Canal Festival

  This year marks the 180th anniversary of the Rideau Canal, and the fifth year since it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Celebrate the iconic canal at the Rideau Canal Festival where you can watch beautifully adorned boats ply the waters, listen to live music, join in the massive bicycle parade, or learn about how to reduce your carbon footprint at the environmental fair.  

Calypso Water Park

  If the weather is hot, you may want to cool off at Calypso, Canada's biggest water park. This massive theme park features 35 water slides that empty out into heated pools and over 100 exciting water games. Visitors can also wind their way down a 750-metre river in an inner tube, ride the waves at the spacious wave pool, dine at one of the six restaurants, or have a cold drink at the beach bar. Calypso is just a 30-minute drive from downtown Ottawa.  

Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

  If music and culture is your thing, the long weekend is the perfect opportunity to see performances by top international chamber musicians at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. This is the biggest of its type in the world, and it will feature hundreds of concerts scattered throughout the city from July 26 to August 10. Top acts include Canadian Brass, the Nash Ensemble of London, and the Lemon Bucket Orkestra.  

Mosaika: Canada Through the Eyes of Its People

  One event that is not to be missed during the Civic Holiday long weekend is the light and sound show that takes place every night at 9 PM on Parliament Hill. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and settle in for a magnificent display of Canada's history and unique culture and landscape projected on the Parliament buildings. The best part is this bilingual show is completely free.   For those looking to rent an apartment in Ottawa, Panoramic Properties offers stylish condo-style suites at Baseline Court, just minutes from public transportation, restaurants, shopping, and parks.