Since Ottawa is my permanent home base, I thought I would periodically include posts about the city and events within the city throughout my usual travel-related blog posts. Without further ado, here are several more things to see and do in Ottawa!
Please note: I am not affiliated with any of these locations and no one has paid me to write this post. My opinions about these places are just to be helpful for visitors to the Ottawa area! Should I ever become affiliated with a company or product and write a post or review for them, I will always make that clear.
If you’re looking for a thrilling yet tense way to spend 45 minutes, head to Escape Manor in downtown Ottawa. With rooms like Asylum, Prison Break, Wine Cellar, and more, you’ll be able to return several times to try your hand at escaping. I’ve done this twice and our teams failed both times, but we still had fun and were able to laugh at our mistakes afterwards.
If you enjoy playing board games, but you’re sick of your own selection or you don’t have very many, head to The Loft. It’s located near the Rideau Center, close to the beginning of Byward Market. Cover is $5, which allows you to stay for up to four hours and play as many board games as you want. If you’re feeling hungry or thirsty, never fear! There’s a great menu in place with some tasty food and drink options. Be on the look out for their specialty drinks!
The Blurry Pixel
If The Loft sounds like a good place to you, but board games aren’t really your thing, check out The Blurry Pixel. It’s a similar idea, but instead of board games, each table has a game console. Choose your console (and table), and head up to the bar to grab a drink and one of their many game options. Be sure to get there early, though, as space is limited.
Christmas Lights Across Canada
If you love Christmas and you’re in the Ottawa area near the beginning of December, head over to Parliament for Christmas Lights Across Canada. The kick off for this year (2016) is at 7 pm on December 7 on Parliament Hill. Once the switch is flicked, 400,000 lights will decorate downtown Ottawa each night through to January 7. There is also a short (less than 15 minutes) light show on Parliament from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm.
Looking for even more to do in Ottawa? Stay tuned!