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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!
December 13
It’s hockey weekend in Ottawa! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning December 15, 2017. The 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ outdoor game sees the Montréal Canadiens take on the Ottawa Senators at Lansdowne on Saturday, December 16! Don’t miss all the fun programming surrounding the big game, including: The Senators Alumni Game sees Team Alfredsson play Team Phillips (teams are made up of…
Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style!
Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style!
December 12
As we say goodbye to an epic year of celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the fun continues as we kick off 2018 with a BANG! From free, family-friendly outings, to comedy shows, to chic VIP parties, here are just a few of the many New Year’s Eve events happening in Canada’s capital on Dec. 31, 2017. It is advisable to avoid driving into the downtown core on New Year’s…
Where to Ice Skate in Ottawa
Where to Ice Skate in Ottawa
December 11
So you’ve come to Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful snowy capital to take in all the joy and pleasures of the Canadian winter season. While you’re visiting, why not start your winter experience with a staple Canadian activity and go ice skating? Whether you’re brand new to the sport of skating or you’re a seasoned expert, Ottawa has a charming ice rink that will delight any level of skater. Head out to…
Canada 150 Skating Rink
Canada 150 Skating Rink
December 6
Get ready to add a new item to your bucket list this winter: for the first time ever, you can ice skate in front of Parliament Hill in Canada’s Capital! From Dec. 7, 2017 to Feb. 25, 2018, the Canada 150 Rink in front of Centre Block will be bustling with free skating, special guests, as well as a variety of exciting events. It’s the chance of a lifetime to…
2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ Outdoor Hockey Game
2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ Outdoor Hockey Game
December 6
On Saturday, December 16, 2017, the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens will play in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ at TD Place at Lansdowne. The outdoor game will honour several major milestones in 2017 including Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the 25th anniversary of the modern Ottawa Senators NHL team. Legendary rivalry The…
“Free or Nearly Free” Ottawa in Winter
“Free or Nearly Free” Ottawa in Winter
 
As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is known as a cosmopolitan city. From some of the most important national museums to high-end shopping on Sussex Drive, priceless items, premier attractions and luxury are always within reach. But visiting Ottawa doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. As the temperature drops during the colder Canadian months, the city becomes home to a sparkling winter wonderland where affordable outdoor and indoor activities abound!…