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Ottawa Insider is a growing collection of articles about all things Ottawa–written by people who live and work here and by visitors. You’ll find lots about the big annual events, landmark sites and national attractions for which Canada’s Capital is best known. But you’ll also find interesting insights into the more eclectic and off-the-beaten-path things to see and do, local attractions, Ottawa neighbourhoods, shopping, dining and more!

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Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
February 22
Enjoy all that Ottawa has to offer on this last weekend of February! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa from February 24-26, 2017. Party it up at the Canadian Museum of Nature after-hours, with Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company! This month’s Nature Nocturne event is themed FeBREWary, and takes place Friday, February 24. This Saturday, February 25, visit the RCMP Musical Ride Centre for their Open…
Top Places to Photograph in Ottawa This Winter
Top Places to Photograph in Ottawa This Winter
February 21
Grab your camera this winter season and explore these local Instagram favourite spots to take photos in and around Ottawa. Gatineau Park Ottawa’s downtown core is only a short 20-minute drive away from the winter wonderland of Gatineau Park. With over 200km of cross-country skiing trails, plus opportunities to snowshoe, hike, fat bike or winter camp, the Instagram opportunities are endless!  Tip: Spending the night…
JUNO Week & the 2017 JUNO Awards
JUNO Week & the 2017 JUNO Awards
February 15
Beginning on March 27, 2017, Canada’s Capital will come alive with Canadian music. Throughout the week, enjoy various musical performances, workshops and other activities that showcase the diversity of Canada’s vibrant music scene including JUNO Cup, JUNOfest, JUNO Fan Fare. Bruce Cockburn will the host 2017 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle at National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Songwriters’ Circle is an intimate and interactive concert benefiting MusiCounts,…
Stanley Cup Tribute – March 15-18, 2017
Stanley Cup Tribute – March 15-18, 2017
February 14
Ottawa is the place to be for all things related to the legendary Stanley Cup in 2017! From a special gala event to a concert, to a brand new monument, it seems that the city just can’t get enough of this timeless award. Did you know that 2017 is the 125th anniversary of the first year the trophy was donated by Lord Stanley of Preston to be awarded to Canada’s…
March Break Activities
March Break Activities
February 12
Bring the family to enjoy these March Break activities in and around Ottawa! Altitude Gym Spring Break Camp - Clip and climb your way to an awesome March Break! The Altitude camp is being offered for both the Quebec break (Feb. 27 to March 3) and the Ontario break (March 13 to 17). Camp Fortune Spring Break Ski Lessons - Learn how to ski from professionals during spring break with…
Maple Syrup Fun
Maple Syrup Fun
February 12
These maple syrup experiences celebrate this sweet Canadian treat. Often seen as a harbinger of spring, the maple syrup season usually starts in late February. Ideal temperatures of +5° Celsius (41° Fahrenheit) during the day and -5° Celsius (23° Fahrenheit) during the night start the sap running through the trees. It takes 40 litres of sap to reduce down (by boiling) to one litre of maple syrup. It’s definitely worth…