July may be almost over already but there is still another month and some before the kids are back to school. With the long weekend coming up, many of us are looking for fun ways to keep the kids entertained and ourselves sane!

One fun part about living in Ottawa is the beautiful downtown core which includes the Rideau Canal. The Rideau Canal is popular for Ottawa's Winter Lude during the colder months and its just as bustling when everything is melted with celebrations like the 5th annual Rideau Canal Festival happening soon in our nations capital.  

Come learn, laugh and play at the Rideau Canal Festival August 3rd to 6th taking place at two locations here in Ottawa; Bytown Museum/Ottawa locks and the Dow's Lake site. This special festival was voted one of Ontario's top 100 festivals in 2011. It's educational, its fun and the best part, its free!

For it's 5th anniversary and 180th birthday of the Rideau Canal, the festival has to celebrate with more fun and activities for families than before! Over 100,000 visitors can come out and enjoy the festival's free programming, live entertainment, and activities that appeal to all ages!

Some of the festival activities include:
  • Outdoor shows on stage; Live bands & DJ's, Celtic music, and Ceili  on the Canal
  • Buskers, jugglers, stilt walkers, fire weavers, face painters etc. 
  • Connecting children with world heritage; Children's crafts and activities
  • Stone and Canoe carving exhibitions
  • Rideau Canal Heritage walking tours
  • Kayak tours, Canoe and paddle boat rentals, hula hoop workshops
  • Pirate adventures
  • Parade of lights, Dows Lake Pavillion fireworks, and Rideau Canal Festival Flotilla
  •  Acrobatic dance shows
  • Colonel by day Celebrations and much much more!
It sure sounds like they have something there for everybody in the family! If you'd like more detailed information about the festival please visit www.rideaucanalfestival.ca

Disclosure: Posted on behalf of the Rideau Canal Festival. Information and imagery provided by KOWpr. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

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