Ottawa Tourism

As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to several state-of-the-art, accessible convention venues and hotels as well as world-class attractions that are all located within a compact, walkable downtown core. With all of its offerings, this city is the perfect place to hold your next big convention, group tour or event in any season.

But with so many venues and so many things to do, how do you know where to begin? That’s where the Ottawa Tourism Meetings, Conventions and Travel Trade Blog comes in! Here, you’ll find useful information about interesting Ottawa people, places and events that can help you plan or just to get inspiration for your next big meeting, tour or event.

Start by reading the blog below and for more ideas, browse Ottawa Tourism’s See & Do page. Then if you have questions, get in touch with us!

Recent Spotlight Ottawa Articles
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5 Ottawa Winter Activities You Don’t Want to Miss
5 Ottawa Winter Activities You Don’t Want to Miss
December 20
Coming to Ottawa over the winter months? Don’t be intimidated by the cooler Canadian weather. As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa thrives from January to March! Wondering what to see and do in this quaint, snow-covered city? We can help with that. Below, you’ll find five fabulous activities that will make you love winter in Ottawa. Rideau Canal Skateway: The quiet, flowing Rideau Canal – Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site –…
Try Archery Games with A Group
Try Archery Games with A Group
December 17
Archery Games, located just south of Ottawa’s downtown core at 1860 Bank St., is one of the city’s newest team-building activities. Opened in August 2015, this Ottawa attraction invites individuals and groups to take aim at each other, with safe arrows of course. In an interview with Ottawa Tourism, one of Archery Games’ founders, Qi Hu, said that his team discovered this activity while on a trip to Toronto. “We…
Stay Cozy: Unique Indoor Team-Building Activities in Ottawa
Stay Cozy: Unique Indoor Team-Building Activities in Ottawa
November 28
Bringing the team to Ottawa for a meeting or a conference this winter season? Or maybe, you’re just looking to bring your team closer together with an interesting activity? We can help with that. In addition to being home to important cultural attractions and national museums, Ottawa is also where you’ll find unique, indoor team-building activities that are perfect for the coming winter months. From axe throwing – yes, we’re…
Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Ottawa!
Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Ottawa!
November 16
Looking for some great activities to help you get into a holiday season mood? Ottawa definitely has something for you. From its lovely, decorated museums and storefronts to thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights, it’s hard not to walk around the city and be in a cheerful mood.But to kick start your holiday season, we thought we’d let you know about a few special activities that are great to enjoy…
Discover Some of Ottawa’s Key 2017 Events
Discover Some of Ottawa’s Key 2017 Events
October 25
If you’re coming to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, for a meeting or a conference this year, you’re in for a real treat. In 2017, Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary and Ottawa will be THE place to celebrate all year long. Though the initial celebrations kick off on Dec. 31, 2016 – New Year’s Eve – you’ll find fabulous activities going on in each season. If you’re coming to the city…
5 Activities for A Fall Evening in Ottawa
5 Activities for A Fall Evening in Ottawa
October 20
Fall has arrived in Ottawa, bringing a cool breeze and a rhapsody of vibrant colours along with it. Coming to Ottawa for a meeting or a conference this fall? That’s great! If you’re not sure what to do with your downtime in the evening, we can help. Discover five activities for a lovely fall evening in Ottawa: 1. Visit the new Copper Spirits & Sights Rooftop Lounge: Want a spectacular…
Getting to Ottawa with VIA Rail
Getting to Ottawa with VIA Rail
September 27
Coming to Ottawa for a meeting or a conference this fall or winter? Consider taking the VIA Rail train to get here. You’ll be cozy in your seat as you watch beautiful landscapes go by.VIA Rail is Canada’s passenger train network, which offers frequent routes to major cities in the Windsor, Ont. and Quebec City corridor. Ottawa is located between Montreal, Que. and Toronto, Ont., making it the perfect train…
Discover the New Andaz ByWard Market Hotel
Discover the New Andaz ByWard Market Hotel
September 19
If you’re looking for a relaxing place where you can unwind and take in fantastic views of Ottawa at the same time, look no further than the new Hyatt Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market hotel. Officially opened on Aug. 22, 2016, the Andaz is a luxury hotel, offering a simple and modern décor. But what sets this hotel apart from other Ottawa establishments are the spectacular views it offers of Ottawa…
Things To Do in Ottawa This September
Things To Do in Ottawa This September
August 29
Just because summer is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that Ottawa’s pace is slowing down. Coming to Ottawa for a meeting or a conference this September? That’s perfect! Get here, settle into your hotel room and then, head out to let yourself be enchanted by the early fall season in Canada’s Capital.Not sure where to start your visit? No problem. Below, you’ll find seven suggestions for activities that…
3 Things To Do in the Ottawa Region This Fall
3 Things To Do in the Ottawa Region This Fall
August 16
Have a meeting or a conference planned in Ottawa this fall? That’s great! As the summer heat slowly dissipates, Canada’s Capital is refreshed by a crisp fall breeze and beautiful fall colours. Ottawa is truly enchanting during this season. Wondering how to make the most of your brief visit to Ottawa in the fall season? We’ve got you covered. Discover three things you should do in the Ottawa region this…
5 Don’t Miss Culinary Gems in Ottawa
5 Don’t Miss Culinary Gems in Ottawa
July 26
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to seven national museums as well as important landmarks such as Parliament Hill. But did you know that the city is also home to a vibrant and constantly evolving culinary scene?In Ottawa for a meeting or a conference? Discover five of the city’s culinary gems that are perfect after a long work day or for a quick snack on the go. Regardless of the…
5 Fun Ottawa Activities for a Summer Night
5 Fun Ottawa Activities for a Summer Night
July 21
Coming to Ottawa for a meeting or conference this summer? That’s great! As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to several national museums, Parliament Hill and other important landmarks such as the Rideau Canal, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.In meetings or sessions all day? No problem! There’s still plenty of things to see and do in Ottawa as well as in its surrounding region once the sun goes down. We’ve…
Ottawa City Rafting: The ultimate summer group activity
Ottawa City Rafting: The ultimate summer group activity
June 22
Looking for a unique Ottawa group activity for your summer convention or meeting in Ottawa? Ottawa City Rafting has it!Going into its third season this summer, Ottawa City Rafting is operated by veteran outdoor adventure company Wilderness Tours and offers Ottawa’s only urban whitewater rafting experience. This means that Ottawa is one of the only cities in the world where you can raft through the downtown core.Located at just a…
Getting to Ottawa from New York
Getting to Ottawa from New York
June 16
Thinking of coming to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, for a getaway? Getting here from New York might be easier than you think.Did you know that Air Canada – Canada’s national airline – offers many non-stop flights per day from New York to Ottawa? It’s true! From LaGuardia, you’ll find at least three non-stop flights per weekday to Ottawa and one to two flights on Saturday and Sunday.You can also easily fly into…
Top 5 Free Things To Do In Ottawa – Summer
Top 5 Free Things To Do In Ottawa – Summer
May 31
Did you know that Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital city, offers many activities that are either free or nearly free? If you’re here for a meeting, conference or convention this summer, you can be sure that there are plenty of things for you to do in your free time and… You won’t have to break the bank. But where do you start? We’ve put together a list of five of Ottawa’s…
Keep Score: A guide to Ottawa’s upcoming sports events
Keep Score: A guide to Ottawa’s upcoming sports events
May 26
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is rich in priceless cultural assets, but did you know that it is also rich in sports experiences? In any season, you’ll find an exciting competition or professional-level game taking place! Learn more about Ottawa’s exciting sports scene here and the events that are coming up in the 2016-2017 season.SOCCEROver the summer, from roughly April until the end of October (Oct. 29), you can catch 16…
ALT Hotel: Ottawa’s Newest Space
ALT Hotel: Ottawa’s Newest Space
April 28
ALT Hotel, which opened just this month, is Ottawa’s newest hotel and meeting venue. Owned and operated by Le Groupe Germain Hotels, the new Ottawa ALT is located at 185 Slater St. in the city’s downtown core, in close proximity to the iconic Parliament Hill, among other attractions. If simplicity and a hip, modern atmosphere are what you’re after, ALT’s got it. The ALT hotels can be found across Canada…
Sneak Peek at the 2017 Canadian History Hall!
Sneak Peek at the 2017 Canadian History Hall!
April 7
This week, Ottawa’s tourism industry insiders were invited to the Canadian Museum of History for a sneak peek into its new Canadian History Hall, which will officially open on July 1, 2017.This new signature hall, which has already been three years in the making – development started in October 2012 – is the museum’s big contribution to national celebrations in 2017; the year that will mark Canada’s important 150th…
Ottawa Tourism undertakes first DMAI DestinationNEXT survey
Ottawa Tourism undertakes first DMAI DestinationNEXT survey
March 31
Ottawa Tourism and the City of Ottawa want your help to get an accurate reading on Ottawa’s performance in the tourism sector, Catherine Frechette, Senior Director of Destination Development at Ottawa Tourism, says. Frechette said in an interview at 150 Elgin St. this week that a new survey designed by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), which works to protect and advance the success of destination marketing worldwide, will be sent…
Ottawa’s Year-Round Festivals: The Perfect Backdrop for a Convention or...
Ottawa’s Year-Round Festivals: The Perfect Backdrop for a Convention or...
March 7
Step out of the boardroom into the exciting environment of one of Ottawa’s many festivals and events! When shared common experiences are had with co-workers or fellow delegates, it helps build a sense of team, which makes a festival the perfect backdrop for a meeting, convention or summit. Whether it’s music, film, or even food you’re looking for, Ottawa has it all year-round. So why not have some fun while…
Diefenbunker: Ottawa’s Newest Group Escape Experience!
Diefenbunker: Ottawa’s Newest Group Escape Experience!
February 23
Escape Manor and the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum will launch the world’s largest escape room on March 9, 2016. According to Steve Wilson, part-owner and Key Master at Escape Room, the idea for Ottawa’s newest escape attraction, which will be located in Carp, Ont., came from the Diefenbunker itself. In an interview with Ottawa Tourism, Wilson said the Diefenbunker reached out to Escape Manor, suggesting to convert the national…
A Guide to Ottawa For Meeting/Conference Attendees!
A Guide to Ottawa For Meeting/Conference Attendees!
February 3
So you’re coming to Ottawa for a meeting/conference? Great! As Canada’s Capital, this is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year. From charming festivals, to award-winning restaurants, to seven national museums and the famous Rideau Canal – Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site – you’re sure to be entertained. But what else do you need to know? We’ve put together some useful information to help you…
Unique Ottawa Event Venues You Can Rent
Unique Ottawa Event Venues You Can Rent
January 15
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is full of unique buildings and event spaces that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. From one-of-a-kind national museums that all offer their own unique mood and setting, to smaller, quaint venues located just outside of the downtown core, Ottawa has a location that will make your event memorable at any time of the year. Discover a few of the city’s unique event venues…
Get the team together and bond in Ottawa!
Get the team together and bond in Ottawa!
December 18
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa offers lots to see and do at any time of the year. From national museums that house some of Canada’s most priceless treasures, to the iconic Parliament Hill, to important national historic sites such as the Rideau Canal, you won’t be at a loss on how to spend your time in this beautiful city. But did you know that Ottawa is also a fantastic destination to…