It’s the final weekend of August, and there’s lots of things to do across the region.
CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at activities and events happening in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and western Quebec this weekend.
The Ottawa Redblacks play their homeopener Saturday night at TD Place.
The Redblacks host the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 7 p.m.
For tickets, visit www.ottawaredblacks.com.
You can catch all the action on TSN and TSN 1200.
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Capital Pride wraps up this weekend with the TD Spectacular event at Lansdowne Park.
The all-ages event is set for Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and includes a mix of live and virtual performances, a beer garden and food trucks.
For more information, visit capitalpride.ca.
The National Capital Pride Run and Walk’s in-person event is set for Saturday morning.
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Atletico Ottawa hosts the Halifax Wanderers Sunday afternoon at TD Place.
Game time is 1:30 p.m.
For tickets, visit https://atleticoottawa.canpl.ca.
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The Cobden Fair is hosting a one-day socially distanced event on Saturday.
Check out the Trivia Tour and Poker Run, along with the BBQ dinner.
For more information, visit www.cobdenfair.com.
Immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s artwork like you’ve never seen it before.
Don’t miss Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park until Sept. 16.  The visit will take an hour with final entry one hour before close.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit vangoghottawa.com.
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The Chef’s Table is a local farm to table feast. Experience innovative Canadian cuisine from the resident chefs program at the National Arts Centre’s 1 Elgin Patio along the Rideau Canal.
The Chef’s Table, presented by the Festival of Small Halls, continues Friday and Saturday.
For tickets, visit thefestivalofsmallhalls.com.
The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition presents the City Sounds music festival.
Enjoy 24 free outdoor performances across Ottawa until Sept. 5.
For more information, visit www.ottawamic.com.
For more information, visit each museum’s website.
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Come face-to-face with live owls at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Don’t miss this outdoor exhibition, created in partnership with Little Ray’s Nature Centre. See owls and an eagle in their specially-designed habitat enclosures.
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It’s the final weekend of the beach season in Ottawa this summer.
Lifeguards are open daily at Ottawa’s four public beaches from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public beaches are located at Mooney’s Bay, Westboro, Britannia and Petrie Island.
Splash pads are also open daily in Ottawa.
In Gatineau Park, the NCC says lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Meech Lake, Philippe Lake and La Peche Lake.
Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Leamy Lake.
Gatineau’s beaches at Parc du Lac-Beauchamp, Parc Mousssette and Parc des Cedres are also open daily, with lifeguards on duty.
Interzip Rogers is open daily, allowing you to zip line between Gatineau and Ottawa.
The world’s first interprovincial zip line, located at Zibi, is open until Oct. 1.
For ticket information, visit interzip.ca.
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Camp Fortune in Chelsea, Que. offers a variety of unique summer activities.
Check out the aerial park, ziplining and mountain biking. New this summer is the Mountain Coaster, allowing you to twist and turn down an exhilarating one kilometre long monorail track with speeds up to 40 km/h.
For more information, visit campfortune.com.
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The National Capital Commission is opening the parkways for active transportation every weekend until October.
Cyclists, runners, walkers and other active transportation users can use the parkways on Saturdays and Sundays until October 11.
Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometres): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Both westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, located on the south side of the Ottawa River just west of the downtown core, from Vimy Place to Carling Avenue.    
Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (8 kilometres): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Both lanes of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, running along the south side of the Ottawa River, just east of the downtown core, between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard in Orléans.  
The National Capital Commission is reserving parkways in Gatineau Park for active use most of the time in 2021. Motor vehicle access will be allowed on Gatineau Park parkways on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays after 1 p.m.
You can go for a physically-distancing hike in the Greenbelt and Gatineau Park this weekend.
For a list of trails in the Greenbelt, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/hiking-and-walking-greenbelt.
For a list of recommended trails in Gatineau Park, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau-park-trails-in-spring.
The National Capital Commission is opening up a section of Colonel By Drive for active transportation this summer.
Colonel By Drive will be closed to vehicles daily until Sept. 6 from Daly Avenue to Canal Woods Terrance.
Don’t miss 613Flea on Saturday at Lansdowne Park.
The third edition of 613Flea is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit 613Flea.ca
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The ByWard Market and Parkdale Public Market are open daily.
For more information, visit www.ottawamarkets.ca.
The Barrhaven Market is open on Sundays at Nepean Woods Park and Ride.
Visit the market between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information, visit https://ottawafarmersmarket.ca/barrhaven-market/.
The Carp Farmers Market is open at the fair grounds in Carp.
It’s open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Barrhaven Farmers Market is every Saturday at The Log Farm.
Check out more than 30 vendors Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit barrhavenfarmersmarket.com.
The Metcalfe Farmers Market is open on Saturday.
The market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Metcalfe Fairgrounds on 8th Line Road.
The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday at Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park.
The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Parc Omega is open in Montebello, Que.
For more information, visit https://www.parcomega.ca/en/.
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Enjoy a campfire and find your way through the maze at Saunders Farm.
Campfire nights are the perfect family outing, date night or small gathering. Also, checkout Maze Days every weekend of the summer.
For more information, visit saundersfarm.com.
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Ontario’s most a-maze-ing corn maze is open Saturday and Sunday at Ouimet Farms in Vankleek Hill.
The seven-acre corn maze will get you hunting for hidden mailboxes throughout the mazes.
For more information, visit ouimetfarms.com.
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Boat tours are underway in Ottawa-Gatineau this summer.
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