Senior Health: Fun Activities to Do Outdoors This Summer

Summer is not just fun for kids, it’s a time when adults and seniors get outside and enjoy the simple beautiful things that warm weather offers. Spending time outdoors is healthy for people of all ages. Here are a few things seniors can do to really enjoy the summer months.

Trail Walking

Ottawa has some stunning nature trails that provide a view into different ecosystems and wildlife. With so many trails to choose from this can seem like a different event every time. Enjoy walking with friends and discovering the beauty this city has to offer. It could be a simple stroll along the Rideau Canal or an intense hike in the Gatineau Hills. A nicely paced summer walk can help calm dementia patients and improve quality of life.

Bird Watching

Bird watching can be like solving a puzzle that you can experience in nature. Pick up a book on indigenous birds and make your way to a park. It’s amazing the beauty that you discover when you take the time to stop and look. Brid watching keeps the mind sharp when you’re always scanning for the next find. Popular birding locations in the Ottawa include the Britannia Conservation Area, Petrie Island, Stoney Swamp Trail, and Vincent Massey Park.


Planting and watching something grow and thrive is rewarding. You don’t have to have a green thumb to succeed at gardening; you just need to try. Gardening can be as simple as planting annuals or more detailed like maintaining perennials and vegetables. It also gets you outside and provides a beautiful space to sit and relax, and of course enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labour. Think of the joy when you place some flowers from your own garden on your kitchen table or serve vegetables that you grow. Besides, it is an excellent idea to remain active during the summer.

Walking in the Market

With so many restaurants and street performers, Ottawa’s ByWard Market is a beautiful and entertaining place to spend the day. You can get exercise by walking around the different streets, taking a stroll on Parliament Hill, and going to your favourite restaurant for lunch! With such a beautiful central location, Ottawa’s downtown provides the perfect balance of scenery and excitement.

Having a Picnic

At a nearby park or the beach, having a picnic is a classic way to spend the day. Take your time choosing your perfect picnic foods and gather your friends and family. A picnic is a wonderful way to spend time together outdoors in the summertime. Ottawa has some beautiful beaches like Westboro Beach and Mooney’s Bay that have picnic tables for public use. Take advantage of the beautiful scenery and enjoy some delicious food!

Summer is a fantastic time to explore the outdoors. You do not have to be young in age to enjoy summer; you only need to be young at heart and have the desire to enjoy every minute of every summer day!

While outdoors, make sure adequate hydration, wear sunscreen, and, on hot days, take frequent breaks in the shade. If you’d like to learn more about senior health or would like suggestions for where to spend a fun summer’s day in Ottawa with your elderly loved one, get in touch at 613.366.2899 and we’d be happy to share some ideas.

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