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Ottawa Event Calendar

8JULY

Mosaika: Sound and Light Show

July 8 - September 6, 2014

 

24JULY

Ottawa Chamberfest

July 24 – August 7, 2014

 

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Aug 2 - 16, 2014 (Wed and Sat)
Canadian Museum of History

 
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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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Special Exhibits

Special Exhibits

Highlights of the special exhibits happening at our national museums and gallery.

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Bring children to Ottawa and have a blast this summer

Bring children to Ottawa and have a blast this summer

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.

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Prime Patios

Prime Patios

What better way to celebrate summer than with a list of some of Ottawa’s greatest patios?

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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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Ottawa’s Rumblin’ Rapids

Ottawa’s Rumblin’ Rapids

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.

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Ottawa’s Culinary Delights

Ottawa’s Culinary Delights

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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Upcoming Ottawa Festivals and Events

Upcoming Ottawa Festivals and Events

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!

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How to Stay Active in Ottawa this Spring & Summer

How to Stay Active in Ottawa this Spring & Summer

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.

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Explore Ottawa’s Gardens

Explore Ottawa’s Gardens

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!

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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.

 

Fast Facts

  • 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.
 

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