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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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Extend Your Stay: What To Do Around Canada Day Weekend...
Extend Your Stay: What To Do Around Canada Day Weekend...
May 26
Each year, Ottawa, as Canada’s Capital, hosts the country’s biggest birthday party on July 1. This year, in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada Day organizers have announced that festivities will extend over the entire long weekend from June 30 to July 2, 2017! Official July 1st events are free and usually include numerous live musical acts on a huge concert stage on Parliament Hill, live entertainment and…
Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard
 
Late June or early July to August 25, 2017 (start date to be confirmed) 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…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
May 24
Explore Ottawa this weekend and welcome thousands of participants and spectators to Ottawa as they participate in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from May 26-28, 2017. The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend comes to Ottawa! On Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 runners will be participating in races of varying lengths, including the Scotiabank Marathon and Half…
Extend Your Stay in Late May: Ottawa Race Weekend and...
Extend Your Stay in Late May: Ottawa Race Weekend and...
May 18
Over the last weekend of May each year, Canada’s Capital buzzes with excitement as thousands of participants and spectators take part in the popular Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. In addition to the race festivities, there are many other events and activities to choose from between May 26 to May 28, 2017—including special celebrations in honour of Canada 150th anniversary of Confederation! Here are just a few highlights: Ottawa Race Weekend…
Canada Day
Canada Day
 
NOTE: In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation of Canada in 2017, special celebrations are being planned in Ottawa for the Canada Day long weekend (June 30 to July 2, 2017). Therefore, programming will vary this year from the descriptions below. Stay tuned for updates. Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is the place to be July 1 for the country’s biggest annual birthday celebration. It’s a giant patriotic party on the lawns…
3-day Itinerary: Indulge in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital
3-day Itinerary: Indulge in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital
May 12
DAY 1 – Elegant and Lively Arrive in Ottawa and check into the hotel of your choice. Ottawa has many hotels for you to choose from; from luxurious establishments to more economic options. Learn more about accommodations on Ottawa Tourism's Stay page. Around 9:00 a.m.: Head out to discover Gatineau Park’s beautiful Pink Lake Trail. This 2.5 km trail makes its way around a crystal clear, unique and vibrantly turquoise…