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Ottawa region in July

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Ottawa region in July

Looking for kid friendly ideas and sites to see in the Ottawa region the first two weeks in July. We will be staying with grandparents who live in Orleans. Kids are 4 and a half and 20 months old. We will spend Canada day on parliament hill and have booked four days of camping at Voyageur Park in Quebec. We will most likely do a day trip to Montreal from there. We don't mind driving a couple of hours to a destination. Is the pirate adventure worth it? The Hull - Wakefield steam train good for little ones? Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

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You can check out the Children's museum in Ottawa....the website is:


Ottawa, Canada
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Here is a great resource for fun, frugal, mostly kid friendly activities in Ottawa.


Musical Ride

If you are coming to Ottawa on the long weekend, I would strongly recommend the Musical Ride June 26 to June 30, 2012, Free Admission

Rain or shine, this event runs nightly from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the home of the Musical Ride - the RCMP Stables at the Canadian Police College.


Include events at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau in your Canada Day plans. There are always lots of hands on things for kids to do, there are trees for shade, a fresh breeze along the river and lots of space to run around.

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Up the valley maybe an hour from Ottawa, past Arnprior, is storyland. (From memory) this is suitable for small children. As well, it's built on a rise over the Ottawa R.. From the top there's an impressive view of the valley in those parts.

If animals are an interest, there's a relatively small informal zoo, the Papanack Zoo at Wendover down the River, not far from Orleans.

Also, a very impressive game farm, Parc Omega, at Montebello in Quebec. Should be fun for little ones. Feed hungry ungulates from the car. Take carrots for this. (or you can buy them there).

At Limoges in Ontario along the 417 just east of Ottawa, there's (I believe) a very good water park.

p.s. don't believe the steam train is currently running -- track problems.

Edited: 29 May 2012, 21:48
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further to the preceding post:

there's also a more modest water park at mont cascades in cantley, quebec

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If you are staying in Orleans consider taking in the Canada Day celebrations in Orleans rather that on Parliment Hill - at least if you were wanting to do the evening fireworks. Day events are managable for kids, but evening is too crazy, crowded and hellish to get out of town with little ones. There are earlier activities in the communities that are designed to be child friendly. Sometimes you can just park and sit in a car to watch the fireworks. Then if little ones fall asleep, no worries.

Here is an arts calendar maintained by the city of Ottawa that might be of interest …ottawa.ca/ArtsCalendar/searchResult.jsf…

Also, Ottawa is a city of summer festivals. There is bound to be something to celebrate while you are here.

There used to be books in the library tailored to both Ottawa and Montreal for kids. Maybe your library has a copy.

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