Canada Day in Ottawa is an amazing experience, there is so much to see and do. It’s a great day out for the family especially if you are visiting Parliament Hill for the first time.
This year events start at 9 am so to beat the crowds come early. Majors Hill Park has mini golf, a ride on miniature VIA Rail Train, a LEGO flag to build and lots more. The real family fun takes place just across the river at Jacques-Cartier Park. Face painting, inflatable games, kite making, Nintendo and a LEGO Ninjago Dojo there really is something for everyone. Visiting Jacques-Cartier Park with kids on Canada Day is really the way to go. It is geared towards families and makes for an exciting and fun day.
Bringing young kids to Parliament Hill can be a challenge. The activities are geared towards the 3+ crowd and with so many people wandering around bringing a young walker out in a crowd can be difficult.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when spending Canada Day downtown with a toddler.
The Rideau Centre is open Canada Day from 10 am to 6 pm. Not only have they redone the washrooms which now have awesome baby changing stations you can visit Guest Services and have a timeout with your baby. They have a Nursing Room with a microwave, changing stations and 3 private nursing stations if you need a break from all the excitement happening outside.
There are local parks like St. Luke’s Park (166 Frank Street) , Dundonald Park (512 Somerset Street West) and a playground at Elgin Street Pulic School (310 Elgin Street) all within walking distance from Parliament Hill. Visiting a local park will give your little one a welcome break from the crowds.
If you’re interested in venturing further afield there is a splash pad and a wading Pool open just over in Sandy Hill. A 20 minute walk from the Rideau Centre brings you to Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park (288 Chapel Street). It’s a nice quiet park nestled just off of Laurier Street with a splash pad. It’s a great place to take your kids to cool off. Strathcona Park (25 Range Road) is also a great place to have a picnic. Running right along the Rideau River Stratcona Park’s wading pool is open from 11:15am to 5 pm on Canada Day.
There is so much going on downtown this Canada Day I hope you can get out and enjoy the events. I know we will be heading out early to enjoy the festivities.