Highlights of the special exhibits happening at our national museums and gallery.
Most kids can’t wait for their summer vacation to start; it’s a time for relaxing, cooling off and spending time on holiday with loved ones. Travellers who are planning a trip with their little ones should not miss all the amazing and interactive things to see while visiting Ottawa. It’s all part of what makes Canada's capital so fun to visit for families.
What better way to celebrate summer than with a list of some of Ottawa’s greatest patios?
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.
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!
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.
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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!
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!
Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization)
Gorgeous architecture and world-renowned exhibitions convene to create Canada’s most-visited museum. Located on the banks of the Ottawa River — with a stunning view of Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, and downtown Ottawa — the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) provides detailed insight into 20,000 years of human history. Let your eyes wander high into the sky as you take in the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, walk through impressive life-sized recreations of Canadian settlements over the past 1000 years, and sit back to enjoy an IMAX film. Have your little ones in tow? Well, the museum is also home to the Canadian Children’s Museum, filled with hands-on games and exhibits.
- Canada's most visited museum.
- Home to the world's largest indoor collection of totem poles and the First Peoples Hall highlighting the cultural, historic and artistic achievements of Canada's First Peoples.
- Canada Hall lets visitors walk through 1000 years of Canadian history, including townscapes and environments from across the country, from pre-European settlement to the present day.
- Includes an IMAX® theatre and Canadian Children's Museum.
- Presents special and blockbuster exhibitions covering a wide array of topics.