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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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Free or nearly free Ottawa in winter
Free or nearly free Ottawa in winter
December 6
If you’re looking for frugal ideas during warmer weather, consult our page Free or nearly free Ottawa in spring, summer and fall. As winter arrives in Canada’s capital, Ottawa becomes a sparkling winter wonderland where affordable—or even free—activities abound indoors and out. Check out this list of free or nearly free activities you can enjoy in the Ottawa region when you visit during the winter season: OUTDOORS From December 4,…
Ottawa’s hopping craft beer scene
Ottawa’s hopping craft beer scene
December 6
Home to over three dozen independent breweries that are getting attention around the world, Ottawa is a top destination for craft beer lovers. But don’t take our word for it – come and taste for yourself! Whether you hop on a brewery bus tour, attend beer events or sip suds in a local pub, there are plenty of fun and tasty ways to whet your whistle in Canada’s capital! Brewery…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
December 3
There are tons of fun holiday events to celebrate in Ottawa! Here is a list of some activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning December 5, 2019: Marvel at the many decorated Christmas trees in the Fairmont Château Laurier lobby! Visit to vote for your favourite tree at the Trees of Hope fundraiser for the CHEO Foundation, on now through to January 2020. FREE! It’s skating season! The…
Holiday fun at Casino du Lac-Leamy
Holiday fun at Casino du Lac-Leamy
December 2
Whether you’re looking for a fun night out with friends or a romantic evening out with your partner, the Casino du Lac-Leamy has you covered this holiday season. Located about a 10-minute drive north of Ottawa’s downtown core in Gatineau, Quebec, the Casino is where you’ll find not only state-of-the-art gaming, but fine dining, live entertainment and more. Plus, there are extra fun happenings during the holiday season, including New Year’s Eve!  Merry meals…
Holiday season events in Ottawa
Holiday season events in Ottawa
December 2
As the cooler winter weather arrives, Canada’s charming capital gets into the holiday spirit with a flurry of special events. From beautiful colourful cityscapes created by hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, to festive theatre presentations and culinary delights, you’ll easily be enchanted by the magic of the season in Ottawa. Here is just some of the special programming, ordered by start date, that will surely get you into a jolly…
Wonderful outdoor winter activities in Ottawa
Wonderful outdoor winter activities in Ottawa
November 27
Looking for a winter getaway with easy access to fun activities like ice skating, skiing and snowshoeing? Ottawa has all that and more, just steps from your hotel room or in the nearby wilderness. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy winter in Canada’s capital region. Winterlude From Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, 2020, Ottawa hosts Canada’s annual celebration of winter, Winterlude. A special highlight for children (and the young at…