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BEST OF SUMMER: 16 must-try rural adventures

Ottawa Magazine‘s Summer Edition includes a 25-page Outside Guide. But there’s still so much going on around here that we’ve found more to include. From boating to spa retreats to cycling adventures, 16 more ways to get the most out of the summer.


Tour marshland by pedal boat at Éco-Odyssée.

Taking his cue from the local beavers, former Gatineau Park animal conservation officer Michel Leclair transformed 70 acres of marshland outside Wakefield into a water labyrinth with 6.4 kilometres of meandering canals, which visitors can explore by pedal boat. Groups of at least six can also book guided dawn and twilight trips on a pontoon boat. The award-winning attraction, which opened in 2008, recently added a canoe route and a two-kilometre hiking trail. 52, ch. des Sources, Wakefield, 819-459-2551,

Jenda Paddlesports
Don’t own a kayak? Your canoe sprang a leak? Don’t worry — you can still get out on the water by renting a boat from Jenda Paddlesports in Osgoode. They’ll even throw in PFDs, paddles, a safety kit, and the gear to attach the watercraft to your car. The Rideau River is a short drive away. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 5426 Dalmeny Rd., Osgoode, 613-826-0922,