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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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Rideau Canal – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Rideau Canal – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
 
If you’re coming to Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! Snaking and making its way gracefully through Ottawa’s charming downtown core, “the canal” as it’s known locally, is the heart beat of Canada’s Capital in any season. In the warmer months, the canal is a haven for walkers, runners, in-line skaters and cyclists, who stroll along its scenic, rolling green banks. It is also a…
Official Canada Day Weekend 2017 Festivities
Official Canada Day Weekend 2017 Festivities
June 26
Don’t miss the biggest Canada Day party ever in Ottawa as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation over the entire long weekend, June 30 to July 2, 2017! Three official sites will feature programming over the three days, including live entertainment by a range of Canadian artists, as well as the President’s Choice® Canada Day fireworks, the largest Canada Day pyrotechnic show ever which will be taking place around 11:00 p.m.…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
 
Hockey March 10 – October 9, 2017 Canadian Museum of History For millions of Canadians, winter means hockey and hockey means everything. Be there when the puck drops on Hockey. Watch historic highlight reels. Get close to the greats with one-of-a-kind artifacts. Share your passion with interactive components. Find out why hockey holds pride of place in the hearts of Canadians. An exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History…
Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard
 
July 7 to August 25, 2017  Every summer morning Parliament Hill is alive with music and colourful drills. The Changing of the Guard began as a morning routine on the Hill in 1959, and has turned into an annual tradition. This large-scale production includes a regimental band and pipers. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. each morning, but arrive about 15 minutes early to grab a spot with a great view.…
Canada Day Weekend Tips and Packing Guide
Canada Day Weekend Tips and Packing Guide
June 23
If you’re coming to Ottawa for Canada Day this year, you’re in for a super-sized treat! In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, Canada’s Capital is celebrating over the entire long weekend—from June 30 to July 2! (To learn more about official Canada Day weekend programming, visit our Canada Day webpage.) From the boisterous energy of Parliament Hill to the busy reveler-filled streets of the city’s downtown core,…
Music & Beyond
Music & Beyond
 
This unique festival, which couples timeless classical music with several other beautiful art forms, kicks off Ottawa’s annual July music festivals list! Music & Beyond is taking place at various venues throughout Ottawa from July 4-17, 2017. Over 14 days, this festival hosts about 80 concerts that feature orchestras, wind ensembles, instrumental and vocal recitals as well as smaller ensembles. These ensembles are partnered with dance, theatre pieces, visual art, poetry, yoga,…