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Ottawa Event Calendar

28NOV

Nature Nocturne: One in a Billion

Nov 28, 2014
Canadian Museum of Nature

 

3DEC

Alberta Ballet : The Nutcracker

Dec 3-7, 2014
National Arts Centre

 

3DEC

Christmas Lights Across Canada

Dec 3, 2014 – Jan 7, 2015

 
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2014-2015Ottawa Visitor Guide

View our Ottawa Visitor Guide online to plan your stay in Canada’s Capital region.

2014-2015 Ottawa Visitor Guide
 

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8 Performances to Enchant your Holidays!

8 Performances to Enchant your Holidays!

Hard to believe the holiday season has arrived! What better way to get into the holiday spirit then to immerse yourself in Ottawa’s vast array of performances this December.

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5 Ways to get your Kids into the Holiday Spirit!

5 Ways to get your Kids into the Holiday Spirit!

Share the whimsy of the holidays with these family-friendly activities this December in Ottawa.

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Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style!

Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style!

Looking for something fun and exciting to do on New Year’s Eve? Sparks Street Village and the Scottish Society of Ottawa are hosting outdoor events and admission is free to both of them!

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Ottawa’s Shopping Scene

Ottawa’s Shopping Scene

When it comes to travelling, most of us can't wait to bring back a few souvenirs to remember our trip! Enjoy the shops and boutiques as you wander through the neighbourhoods of Canada’s capital or explore a shopping experience such as Rideau Centre.

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Ottawa’s Craft Beer Scene

Ottawa’s Craft Beer Scene

Whether you’re brand new to the craft beer scene or you’re an experienced connoisseur, Ottawa’s bursting craft brewery scene is sure to surprise and delight. From emerging breweries, to beer festivals and special events, Ottawa’s craft beer scene continues to thrive and grow, offering a vast array of brews and interesting places to enjoy them!

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Bytown Museum

The Bytown Museum puts Ottawa into focus. Located on the Rideau Canal, between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, the museum, which adopted the original name of this city, is housed within the oldest stone building in the capital. The Bytown Museum takes special care to fully understand the building of the Rideau Canal, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum also examines how Ottawa transformed from a rowdy lumber town, full of pubs and weekly brawls, into the capital of the country.

 

Fast Facts

  • The Museum is housed in the oldest stone building in Ottawa, beside a series of 8 dramatic stepped locks that connect the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa River.
  • The Museum building served as a treasury and storehouse during the construction of the Rideau Canal, built in 1827.
  • Ottawa was originally called Bytown - after Lieutenant-Colonel John By, who supervised construction of the Rideau Canal.
  • This three-story museum displays artefacts and items chronicling not only the construction of the Rideau Canal, but also the early days of Bytown as a rough and tumble lumber town and its transformation into the nation's capital.
  • Audio tours of the Bytown Museum are available in 6 languages - English, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin and Japanese - included with the price of admission and available to be downloaded from their website prior to visiting.
 

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