Highlights of the special exhibits happening at our national museums and gallery.
With the arrival of warmer weather each spring, Ottawa becomes home to a multitude of exciting outdoor festivals. From thousands of beautiful tulips in bloom, to an array of outdoor music performances, this city has a celebration to cater to every taste all spring and early summer long!
This spring, embrace your chance to experience one heck of an adrenaline rush! The Ottawa River, 90 minutes’ drive west of Canada’s capital, is a major focal point during the warmer months and home to some of the best whitewater rafting in all of North America.
In the variety of neighbourhoods across the city you’ll discover plenty of culinary delights. Over the last few years, Ottawa’s dining scene has earned many accolades and received recognition for a number of its eateries, gaining a reputation for innovative ideas and delicious cuisine.
Image Credit: Le Cordon Bleu
One of the greatest things about Ottawa is that you don’t need to drive an hour outside of the city to enjoy waterways, greenery and sports.
When spring is in the air, there’s no better way to invigorate your senses and take in some fresh air and sunshine than by surrounding yourself with beds of beautiful flowers and acres of greenery!
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.
- 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.