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Things to do in Orleans

I love Orleans. Years ago it was simply because of its proximity to Ottawa but since then it has grown and become a destination of its own. There is something for everyone in Orleans!


Place d'Orleans (

With over 130 shops, restaurants and services, this truly is a one-stop shop for all of your needs!


Shenkman Arts Centre is located just east of Place d'Orléans. It is a multidisciplinary arts centre that houses two theatres, seven galleries and 17 studios. The Centre houses activities within specialized spaces for hands-on instruction, creation and presentation of the visual, performing, literary and media arts and unique spaces for receptions and special events: Shenkman Arts Centre - Homepage | Shenkman Arts Centre


The Ray Friel Recreation Complex is the largest and most comprehensive recreation complex in Orleans featuring three National Hockey League (NHL) size arenas including the Ron Racette Arena. With 12 full dressing rooms and separate referee and alternate dressing rooms. The complex also features a fitness centre with over 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art training equipment, a wave pool, whirlpool, sauna, physiotherapy clinic, Douvris Martial Arts, pro shop, restaurant and a coffee shop. A variety of recreation programs are also offered including, fitness classes, summer camps, indoor cycling, aqua fitness, swimming lessons and general interest programs


Petrie Island is situated along the Ottawa River in the northeast of Orléans. The 2 km by 500 m area, from the foot of Champlain St. to Trim Rd in Orleans, has a total shoreline length, including all channels and bays, of about 12 km. Petrie Island is home to turtles in some of its sheltered lagoons and has a nature centre for learning more about the local environment as well as a serene walking trail There is a marina with canoe and kayak rentals. Petrie Island is host to annual Canada Day celebrations for the Orléans community.


Experience this 3.5-km out-and-back trail with single track, treed trails with rocks, roots, bridges and waterfalls! Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 47 min to complete.

There are also several other nature trails and paths throughout the area including Bilberry Creek.


Privé Spa offers a truly relaxing ambience of warmth, privacy and elegance. Much more than a cosy and comfortable retreat. Privé Spa - Your private refuge for wellness and rejuvenation – Prive Spa (


Apollo Crater Park boasts 37,190 square metres of greenspace complete with designated children’s play areas and pools.  Especially popular with dog owners as dogs may run off-leash


A locally owned an operated microbrewery right in the heart of Orleans! Stray Dog Brewing company offers a wide variety of products beyond their crafted lagers and ales, including glassware, clothing coffee & hot sauce. Check out their event calendar to take in one of their Taproom Concerts featuring local musicians!


There is no lack of fitness and gym outlets to choose from in Orleans, covering everything from Zumba to Cross fit training, but Anytime Fitness on Tenth Line offers just that—the freedom to work out on your own schedule!


Kids Kingdom offers a premium family entertainment complex offering a host of indoor activities for kids in Ottawa, including an expansive, multi-level play structure that includes a host of interesting, challenging, and super-fun features


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