Ottawa Tourism

Things To Do During the SAAS NORTH Conference in Ottawa

So you’re coming to Ottawa for Canada’s first and only SaaS conference? We’ve got some suggestions for you. SAAS NORTH is taking over the capital for the second year in a row, from November 29-30, 2017. Whether you have some spare time before the welcome reception or a few hours to site see after happy hour, there’s so much you can cover within walking distance of the Shaw Centre. The conference will be overlooking the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it gears up to become the world’s largest skating rink and just around the corner you’ll see Parliament Hill, the political and cultural heart of the city.

Canada Science and Technology MuseumGet technical at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

After three years of renovations, the Canada Science and Technology Museum has opened its doors to the public once again. The building and exhibits might be new, but fan favourites like the locomotive collection and Crazy Kitchen still have a place in the redesigned space. Catch the highly interactive travelling exhibition, Game Changers, this month only and explore how innovation has significantly changed the world of video games. While you’re there, try your hand at a couple classics like Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros, and more.

Put your skills to the test in an escape room

Looking to test just how strong those new conference connections are? There’s no better way to find out than getting locked in a room together at one of our many escape room. Go big with Escape Manor and the world’s largest escape room at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum just of Ottawa. If you’re on a time limit and looking to stay closer to the downtown core, try another Escape Manor location, Jigsaw Escape Rooms, or Room Escape Ottawa.

Lowertown BreweryBond over (craft) beer

Ottawa has over 3 dozen breweries with new ones opening every year. With several breweries within walking distance of the Shaw Centre, why stop at just one? For signature brews straight from the source, the ByWard Market is home to Lowertown Brewery, Waller Street Brewing and Clocktower Brew Pub, but many restaurants have local beers on tap. If you’d rather someone else do the planning, then hop on a Brew Donkey tasting tour complete with behind the scenes access, samples and bus transportation.

Canadian Museum of HistoryFeeling festive?

You will be after this flurry of special events. If you drive west of Ottawa’s downtown core you’ll find Wesley Clover Parks’ Magic of Lights, a two-kilometer drive-through holiday light display with nearly one million LED lights. For a taste of Christmas a little closer to the Shaw Centre, peek inside the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel for an assortment of decorated trees for this seasons Trees of Hope. If you’re big on traditions, then the annual Canadian Museum of History’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on November 30 at 6:00 p.m. is must do. But is a business trip really a trip if you haven’t stopped for souvenirs? Attached the Shaw Centre if the CF Rideau Centre for all your gift buying and souvenir needs.

There are many more events taking place this weekend and all year-round in Ottawa. For a more complete list, check out our online Event Calendar.