What’s on in the Outaouais in July

Published on June 30 2022

It’s vacation time! In July, come play in the water or go boating on our lakes and rivers, visit our most beautiful outdoor attractions, sunbathe on the beach, and generally have a great time. Read on for suggestions of July activities to enjoy.

Visit Gatineau Park and its attractions

The NCC’s free weekend shuttle service makes it easy to get to Gatineau Park‘s most beautiful destinations. It’s a great way to see the Park in another way!

Hop on the shuttle and get off at the Pink Lake Lookout, the Mackenzie King Estate, the Champlain Lookout, Camp Fortune or King Mountain. Several other stops are also available.

Cool off at a waterpark

Hot summer days are perfect for playing in the water, and Mont Cascades Mountain Waterpark is a great place to do just that!

The park has over 20 slides for all ages, numerous pools, water games, a picnic area and a full-service restaurant. Plan a fun and refreshing day for the whole family!

Relax at the beach

Come wiggle your toes in the water and stroll on the warm sand. We have several beaches that are well worth a visit. Here’s a list of 10 Outaouais beaches that are ideal for making the most of summer, stretching out on a beach towel and basking in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Discover the art and heritage of Canada’s Capital Region

In the heart of Canada’s Capital Region, explore the symbolic sites along Confederation Boulevard, the monuments honouring our history, the public art that colours the pedestrian routes and the temporary exhibits that enliven the streets! Walk or cycle along the Rideau Canal Promenade, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To find out what’s on in Canada’s Capital Region, contact the Capital Information Kiosk. When it comes to local art and heritage, you can count on the kiosk’s information officers!

While you’re in Ottawa, kill two birds with one stone and take a guided tour of Canada’s Parliament Buildings.

Go for a boat ride

With thousands of lakes and a dozen rivers, the Outaouais has no shortage of waterways to enjoy. Try these unique kayaking or paddleboarding spots!

And for a special experience on the Ottawa River, try Ottawa Yacht Tours and discover Ottawa from the river. Would you prefer sunrise or sunset?

Attend a summer event

On July 7, 8 and 9, the Gatineau Comedy Festival returns to make you laugh out loud! Come and applaud the big names in comedy at Place de la Cité in Gatineau.

Have fun in Petite Nation with activities offered by the Comité culturel de Papineauville. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the seigneurial mill in front of the Miller’s House, the oldest surviving dwelling in the Outaouais, and participate in family activities on Sunday, July 17.

Beer lovers, here’s your chance to discover the region’s microbreweries in a festive atmosphere during the eight-day Gatineau Beerfest at Place des festivals Zibi. From July 20 to 30, join in and meet your new favourite beer!

Come celebrate our western heritage at the St-André-Avellin Western Festival, July 21 to 31. The lineup includes a professional rodeo, theatre, a comedy show and entertainment by popular country artists.

Finally, get your Cirque du Soleil tickets now! Back this summer under the Big Top at Place des festivals Zibi, see KOOZA, a unique show combining acrobatics and clowning. Performances August 26 to September 25. Family packages available.

For even more suggestions, consult the full listings on our Events page. 

More to discover in the Outaouais

Relax on the Nikosi Bistro Pub‘s beautiful terrace, where you can enjoy a drink in a relaxed atmosphere and savour traditional French cuisine with an Indigenous twist.

Book an introductory “kayarafting” whitewater session with Boreal River Adventures. You’ll learn how to read the river and how to paddle and swim rapids safely.

Chalets d’aile-laine cottages invite you to get away from it all in the heart of a 67-hectare (165-acre) private estate in Petite Nation. Immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the area, and enjoy a host of summer activities.


Book an Experience Outaouais package and discover what the Outaouais has to offer in July.


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