Wildlife around Ottawa
Photo: Fox, Parc Oméga
Many times we want to go outside for a fun day, so if you are looking for something to do with your family or kids over the weekend, you can always head out to see some parks and wildlife. If you are not familiar with the ones around Ottawa, there’s no need to worry, as you’ll get all the details here.
From exotic animals to more domestic ones, the entire family will surely be excited about the idea of these attractions. After all, it’s always nice to spend a day outdoors reconnecting with nature a bit and teaching the little ones more about animals.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Located less than 15 minutes away from Ottawa’s center, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is the place to go if you want to get a look at the country’s agricultural heritage. In case you don’t know, this museum is actually a farm, which means that you get to see various types of animals such as horses, pigs, sheep, as well as many other friendly ones.
Ottawa is one of the few capitals around the world that has a fully working farm within its limits, so you should definitely take advantage of this. Of course, there are plenty of other museums in the city, so you can visit more in one day. The museum is open throughout the year, and the whole family can meet beautiful and interesting animals, such as rabbits, alpacas, and goats.
Moreover, demonstrations are taking place daily, on topics such as caring for the animals, and kids can understand many processes such as animals being a source of dairy or wool. If you want to see adorable young animals, you can always visit in the spring when baby farm animals are being born.
The museum offers a wide range of other interactive exhibits, such as the ones on food preservation or technology for farmers. Make sure that you read all the details before heading out there, to see that the museum is open and if there are any free admissions. Usually, these take place daily between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
If you’ve just checked out a very cool pair of binoculars on opticsandlab.com and you want to get a chance to use them right away, you can always go to Parc Oméga. This place is what we can safely call a wildlife lover’s dream and it’s located at only a 45-minute drive from Ottawa’s center.
You can take a real Canadian safari within its limits and see breathtaking landscapes, meadows, lakes, or forests from the comfort of your car. Since there are many wild animals living in the park, you’ll also get a chance to see deer, moose, bison, elk, bears, wolves, and plenty of birds.
In case you want to stretch your legs, you can take a walk along the park’s trails and, once you are done, you can head out to the special activities area that keeps kids entertained. The park is open year-round and if you are planning to spend the entire day, you should pack a picnic. If you feel adventurous, you can stay overnight in cozy and rustic accommodations.