With Ontario in partial lockdown, we’re all spending a lot more time inside. Our favourite bars and restaurants are closed for indoor dining, and many people are (understandably) erring on the side of caution when it comes to gathering and group activities.
Though these restrictions are to help keep us safe, they do put a strain on local businesses we love. But the good news is many businesses have adapted and now offer virtual events and services so you can still enjoy and support local from home!
Here are some great virtual events in Ottawa that you should check out.
Virtual trivia night
Missing weekly trivia night at your favourite local hang-out? Outside the Box Triva aims to bring that experience to your living room on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You and your team reserve a virtual table to compete with other teams from around Ottawa in real-time.
Each game consists of six rounds of secret theme trivia. Each round will have unrelated questions, but all the answers share a secret theme. Crack the theme to help get all the answers! Cost to participate is pay what you can. Check out their website for more information and to sign up your team.
Spooky virtual campfires
Spooky stories aren't just for Halloween! The Haunted Walk offers a variety of interactive virtual campfire events all year round. Grab a hot chocolate, cozy up with a warm blanket and listen to an incredible line-up of the best spooky storytellers! The events are pre-recorded, so you can get spooked at your convenience.
Virtual experiences from Escape Manor
You’re a rookie detective fresh out of the academy looking to make an impact. You've just been informed a high-ranking UN official has been kidnapped in your hometown and the UN has requested help from local authorities…
Is this the concept of Escape Manor’s virtual experience “Taken.” The event can be played with a small group at home, or virtually with a video conferencing app. Get the excitement of solving puzzles deciphering clues from the comfort of your own home. Check out their website to book your session.
Enjoy the bar from afar!
Since 2020, most of us are used to doing virtual happy hours with colleagues and Zoom hangouts with family and friends.
But Bar From Afar wants to help you take these events to the next level. The company offers curated cocktail/mocktail packages for everyone in your group. Enjoy a cosmos, gin fizz, a vanilla chai old-fashioned, and many other classic cocktails right from the comfort of your home. Bar From Afar brings the bar to you!
If you want to get super fancy, you can add charcuterie and snacks and even book entertainment! Check out their website for full details.
Find more local virtual events
Looking for more virtual events in Ottawa? Check out this great list from Ottawa Tourism to discover more virtual events and activities in the city.
Whatever you get up to, we hope that you have fun and stay safe!