Around the world in 80 days may be out of our financial reach, but happily, there are plenty of reasonably priced day trips around Ottawa to fill the dog days of summer.
Our top day trip pick is Upper Canada Village—where you can’t go wrong with a little learning at this classic pioneer village just an hour south of town. Kids are (surprisingly!) fascinated by the working mills, where they make wool, flour, and lumber using nothing but water power. There are tons of animals to see, including a newborn colt, plus craftspeople of all sorts, variety shows, a tow boat, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Be sure to add a ride on the miniature steam train and pack a picnic—the Harvest Barn is the perfect place to break out a snack.
Closer to home, but still well worthy of a whole day, is Saunders Farm, located just west of Ottawa in the small town of Munster. Start with the huge treehouse climbing structure at the entrance then try the giant jumping pillows (enormous family-sized trampolines). If you can convince the kids to move on, there are mazes to run through, pedal cars to ride, and a splash pad. New this year is the Farmer’s Table restaurant, featuring locally farmed food prepared by their on-site chef.
Good to Know: parking is close by and you can head out to your car at any time, so coolers and swimsuits can be left behind until needed.
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