If you live in Ottawa, a “staycation” can be a great way to explore the incredible sights and attractions the city has to offer. With the creation of the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit and recent gas prices, a staycation can also pose a financially conscious way to step back from the responsibilities and stressors in your life. From museums and historical sites, to outdoor activities and great restaurants, there is something for everyone in our nation’s capital. Here are some ideas that’ll help you make the most of your staycation in Ottawa.
The Ontario Staycation Tax Credit encourages families to explore their home province. In-turn, the revenue generated can help the tourism and hospitality sectors recover from the impacts of the global pandemic. If you qualify, it will allow you to claim up to 20% of your eligible 2022 Ontario accommodation expenses. One person per household can claim the credit, and you’re eligible to claim the credit if you’re an Ontario resident by the end of the year.
Start your day with a walk through one of Ottawa’s many parks. The city is home to a network of bike paths and trails, allowing you to take in the sights and sounds of nature before starting your day.
If you’re interested in exploring the city, there are many museums and historical sites to explore. The Canadian War Museum and the National Gallery of Canada are both excellent choices. For those interested in Ottawa’s history, you can take a tour of the Parliament buildings, or maybe go on a ghost walk through the ByWard Market.
If the weather is nice, you may be seeking the great outdoors. You can rent a canoe or kayak and set out to explore one of Ottawa’s many bodies of water. You can camp at one of Ottawa’s campgrounds or even go for a swim at one of Ottawa’s beaches. If you’re really adventurous, you can even go ziplining or whitewater rafting down the Ottawa River with one of many touring companies.
End your day with a drink or a meal at one of Ottawa’s many great restaurants, vineyards or breweries. There is a wide variety of cuisine to choose from, so you’re sure to find something to your taste. Here are some recommendations:
If you’re looking for a staycation, the national capital region is abundant with activities. Whether you’re looking for a day-trip or a longer stay, there are many options available to make your trip one to remember. With the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit, there’s never been a better time to explore all that Ottawa has to offer.
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