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Picnicking in the Ottawa area

Picnics are a fun and easy way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, and there are new options to try in the Ottawa area! From nibbling on a pre-made picnic lunch in a country setting, to enjoying take-out from your favourite local restaurant in one of Ottawa’s urban parks, try one of these picnicking outings in Canada’s capital!

Saunders Farm 

Located in the village of Munster just west of Ottawa, Saunders Farm is a family-run attraction that launched Countryside Picnics this summer. The deal includes a picnic site (the sites are 30 metres apart for physical distancing) and a pre-made Ploughman’s Lunch that feeds up to five guests. Spots are available Saturdays and Sundays (covered in the event of rain) for two 1.5-hour sittings starting at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Visit the Saunders Farm website for details on the menu and to reserve your spot.  

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm 

A similar experience is offered at another rural gem, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm located southeast of downtown Ottawa. Their Picnic on the Farm experience includes a homemade lunch for up to five people, with optional add-on beverages like wine, beer or cider. Each spot is located on a different part of the property for complete physical distancing. Two 1.5-hour sittings are offered on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Check the link for menu details and to reserve your spot! 

Urban sites 

Canada’s capital is full of relaxing green spaces within the city that offer the perfect setting for an urban picnic—including city parks with beautiful views and covered picnic areas at sandy beaches. On a nice sunny day, you could order food from your favourite local restaurant (some are even offering takeout brunch!) and enjoy your meal in the fresh air while respecting physical distancing guidelines provided by Ottawa Public Health. 

No matter which picnic experience you choose, you’ll surely enjoy time outdoors with family and friends. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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