Ottawa has much to offer the many visitors who come every year. Top attractions include Parliament Hill, the Canadian War Museum, the Nature Museum, and the Rideau Canal. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From art and culture to sports and entertainment, the city has something for everyone. But what are some of the lesser-known nightlife spots in the city?
For travelers looking for a break from the tourist trail, there are plenty of alternative entertainment activities that are popular with the locals. And you don’t have to leave the city to enjoy it. So, here are just a few ways to enjoy yourself in Ottawa.
Ax throwing is an uncommon pastime that has exploded in popularity in recent years. In fact, it is so popular that there are several locations around the city dedicated to the activity. The organizers describe ax throwing as a sport, and there are even weekly competitions where experts battle it out. So if you feel like trying something new with friends this weekend, this is the activity for you. The Batl Ax Throwing location on Lancaster Road also has a fully licensed bar. Other options include:
• Bad ax throwing on Liverpool Ct
• Lumber Jaxe on City Center Avenue
Harness racing and casino
For another day out with a difference, why not visit The Rideau Carleton Raceway? The venue hosts harness racing every Thursday and Sunday. Harness racing differs from standard horse racing because the horses pull a two-wheeled cart and the jockey also drives the horse off the cart. It is an entertaining spectacle and there are betting options on the site.
When the racing is over, retire to the on-site casino, the only one in town open 24/7 year-round. There’s plenty to keep visitors entertained, with over 1,200 slot machines and a range of popular table games, including:
If you’ve never been to a casino and don’t know the rules, don’t worry, the staff can help you. Alternatively, playing online is a great way to familiarize yourself with the various table games and video slots. Today, there are plenty of online platforms for Canadian players, including Playojo. This honest online casino offers award-winning online gaming and is a great place to get some casino action on the go.
The casino action at the Rideau Carlton will be upgraded in 2022 with live music and DJs to create a party atmosphere. The venue also has three different restaurants, which serve food all day, and a cocktail lounge, which is open until 2am.
If the idea of spending an evening ax throwing appeals to you, chances are you’re also interested in combat archery. Yes, this is another primitive weapon based activity. This time with bows and arrows in a paintball style combat game. The game also has similarities to dodgeball and is a fun way to spend an hour or two with friends. And don’t worry, the arrows come with foam, so there’s no risk of injury.
The activity price includes enough training time to keep you informed. Groups are split into teams with a maximum of 10 players per side. There are several game modes, but the main goal is to take out the other team first. Bows, arrows, face guards and arm guards are provided and the games last approximately 50 minutes. The Archery Games facility on Bank Street also has a bar and restaurant serving food and drink, and a range of other games including:
• Beer Pong
VR centers are popular all over the world and Ottawa is no exception. Locations have opened all over the city, including VR Adventures Zone, which offers a range of experiences from VR escape rooms and free-roaming games to VR laser games and action arcade games. You can also request a completely customized experience for you or your group. VR offers a unique, social, active and immersive experience.
These activities are great for visitors who want to have some fun and mingle with the locals. They also provide a break from the usual tourist attractions. So why not switch it up on your next trip to Ottawa by incorporating one of our alternative activities into your itinerary?