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Ottawa COVID-19 staycation: Things to do in Stage 3

Good news for museum lovers, indoor diners and entertainment fans: some of your favourite businesses are reopening in Ottawa! As of July 17, 2020, you can enjoy additional access to restaurants, attractions and certain performances, as long as health and safety measures are followed. So grab your mask and keep your physical distance while experiencing more of Canada’s capital!

To find out what was already open—including rafting, drive-ins, beaches, patios, golfing and more—read our Stage 1 and Stage 2 articles.

Note: The information below is valid as of July 17, 2020 or later. Businesses are opening independently and many have modified their hours, access and offerings; contact them individually to confirm before visiting. Please follow the most recent COVID-19 regulations as stated by Ottawa Public Health, which includes wearing a mask in indoor public spaces (mandated as of July 7, 2020). 


Many of Ottawa’s numerous national and local museums, historic sites and other attractions have reopened with certain modifications considering the restrictions. For helpful info on current hours, ticketing and offerings, visit our article on Museum and attraction programming this summer.

Guided tours

Several tour services in the city, including some walking tours and boat cruises had already resumed operations (check out our Stage 2 article for info). Additional tour options include the following (see our Guided tours for individuals or small groups page for more details):

Amusements and fun (for kids and adults)

Indoor and outdoor gathering limits have increased, which means you can once again access indoor spaces like the attractions above, plus casinos, escape experiences, bowling alleys and pool halls, as well as outdoor playgrounds and structures. A few reopening highlights:


Indoor performances are now allowed within certain guidelines. Although many festivals and events remain cancelled for the foreseeable future, smaller or modified performances can take place, such as:

Indoor dining

Many eateries have been offering takeout and opened their patios, and they can now also serve customers indoors. Contact individual restaurants, bars and other establishments to find out if they’re open and what they’re currently offering.

Keep visiting our Ottawa Insider blog for more updates on what you can see and do in Canada’s capital!

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