What to do this Labour Day weekend in Ottawa

Consider checking these out

Written by Nitin Manohar
August 31, 2017

As much as we hate to acknowledge it, summer is coming to an end. You may already be feeling a slight chill in the air each night, and in less than a week, kids will be back in school. It’s been a wonderful few months of sunshine, family adventures and weekends away – we hope you’ve soaked in every second.

Many families head up to the cottage for the last long weekend of summer, while others find things to do right here in Kanata and around Ottawa. Our team has found some fantastic events happening in town this weekend – if you’re around, consider checking these out. Have a great long weekend!

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, Gatineau

Canada’s largest hot air balloon show is a sight to be seen. This year marks the annual event’s 30th birthday, so be sure to expect some extra fun activities and shows. It’s a huge event that’s fun for the whole family, and a great way to spend the last weekend of summer.

Riverside Festival, Gatineau

While the name may sound relaxing, Riverside Festival is actually an electronic music festival along the water in Gatineau. Less of a family event, this is something to do if you want to end summer on a festive note. It takes place at the Canadian Museum of History (worth checking out while you’re there!) just a quick drive across the river.

Latin American Festival, Ottawa

Happening near the Parliament buildings and starting with a colourful parade, this festival celebrate Latin culture through music, dance, food and games. Learn about Latin American hospitality and heritage and view stunning works of art. There will be face painting for the kids, and plenty of activities for both adults and families.

Family Fun at the Estate, Gatineau

This annual festival is all about celebrating the end of summer as a family. Enjoy games and other activities for all ages. There will be animals, horse and carriage rides, live music, swing dancing and lots of great food. It all takes place at the beautiful MacKenzie King estate in Gatineau Park.

ByWard Market Food Tour, Ottawa

A food tour is a great way to discover new places to dine locally. This tour promises to take participants through some of Ottawa’s most exceptional restaurants, bars and cafes. Meet local chefs and artisans, enjoy the historic neighbourhood and remember – come hungry!

If you have more ideas on how to spend this Labour Day weekend in Ottawa, tell us in the comments on Facebook!