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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 20
Winter fun continues in Ottawa this weekend! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning February 21, 2019: This weekend at Lansdowne, check out great performances by the Blue Man Group nightly from now through to Saturday, February 23! This is your last chance for Vegas fun at the Casino du Lac Leamy! This Thursday, February 21 to Saturday, February 23 experience the last…
St. Patrick’s Day-related events and activities in Ottawa
St. Patrick’s Day-related events and activities in Ottawa
February 15
From Celtic events, to beer-related festivities, to film festivals, Canada’s Capital loves to celebrate Irish culture in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. Soak up some Irish culture on and around St. Patrick’s Day at the following events and activities. Sláinte! Irish Night at the Canadian Tire Centre – February 24 The Irish Society of the National Capital Region invites you to catch exciting NHL hockey action between the Ottawa Senators…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
February 15
Special exhibits are always plentiful at Ottawa-area museums. Here are just a few of the current and upcoming temporary exhibits, in order of end date: Current Exhibits Halifax Harbour 1918: Harold Gilman and Arthur Lismer October 12, 2018 – February 18, 2019 National Gallery of Canada In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the National Gallery of Canada has partnered with the Art…
Fun Events this Winter in Canada’s Capital
Fun Events this Winter in Canada’s Capital
February 7
Whether you embrace wintry outdoor activities like skating and snowshoeing, or prefer indoor experiences like beer festivals, shows or museums, there are countless ways to enjoy winter in Ottawa! We’ve gathered a selection of special events (in order of start date) that will keep you happy until spring. Live creatures at the museum: Oct. 6, 2018 – Apr. 28, 2019 Get up close and personal with live creatures of all…
New indoor winter music festival: Come See and Hear the...
New indoor winter music festival: Come See and Hear the...
January 31
There are countless ways to enjoy the winter season in Canada’s capital, including a new indoor music festival taking place February 15 to 16, 2019! The new event is presented by the acclaimed organizers of the RBC Bluesfest summer music festival, in collaboration with Canada’s winter celebration, Winterlude. They’ve curated 15 free and ticketed acts ranging from favourite local artists to musicians with world-wide roots – all of which reflect…
Epic March Break: an Ottawa itinerary
Epic March Break: an Ottawa itinerary
January 25
Keeping the kids active, entertained and stimulated during March Break can be a challenge, but not in the Ottawa area! Options are endless, including sports, museums and animals. Many sites also offer special programming during the weeks of the Quebec March Break (March 4-8, 2019) and the Ontario March Break (March 11-15, 2019). Use the itinerary below to start planning an epic school break in Canada’s capital! DAY 1 –…