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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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Where to eat along the Rideau Canal in the Ottawa...
Where to eat along the Rideau Canal in the Ottawa...
August 13
The Rideau Canal – one of Ottawa’s most popular attractions – is the perfect setting for memorable dining experiences throughout the year. Within the city centre and in the countryside, you’ll find unique eateries sprinkled along Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. From canal-side restaurants to elevated terraces, here are some of the best places to eat or drink located beside this picturesque waterway in Canada’s capital region. City spots…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
August 13
Check out all the great things there are to do in Ottawa! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning August 15, 2019: See Ottawa by bike with a great bike tour company in Ottawa! Enjoy guided tours of varying lengths with Escape Bicycle Tours, rent your own ride at RentABike, or bike like a local with Steel Pigeon Bicycle Tours. The Casino du…
CityFolk music festival
CityFolk music festival
July 22
As summer days get shorter, music-lovers look forward to the last hurrah of Ottawa’s music festivals: CityFolk. Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year, the four-day event has an impressive lineup on tap with over 30 top and emerging artists on two stages at Lansdowne Park near downtown Ottawa. And if that’s not enough, offshoot festival Marvest hosts over 70 free shows in the surrounding Glebe neighbourhood. End the festival season…
Five must-see sites in Ottawa
Five must-see sites in Ottawa
July 15
Ottawa is home to most of Canada’s national museums, a tasty culinary scene and fun activities. And with most attractions within a 20-minute walk from many downtown area hotels, it’s a breeze to get around. Here are just five of the many sites you shouldn’t miss when visiting Ottawa. 1. Visit Parliament Hill The most iconic site in Canada’s capital, Parliament Hill, sits on a scenic hill overlooking the Ottawa…
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
 
August 29 - September 2, 2019 Each summer at the end of August, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival (Festival des montgolfières de Gatineau, or FMG) celebrates much more than giant balloons floating through the skies of Canada’s Capital Region. This popular weekend event is also full of family-friendly fun like amusement rides, fireworks and live music! Beautiful balloons Balloons of all shapes, sizes and colours – including cartoons and…
A summer of futuristic fun at the Casino du Lac-Leamy
A summer of futuristic fun at the Casino du Lac-Leamy
July 5
Journey into the future at the Casino du Lac Leamy this summer! Between July 11 and August 24, 2019, the entertainment destination offers science fiction-inspired programming including cocktails, games, performances, and more. Sci-fi fun Head to the Casino on Friday and Saturday evenings for encounters inspired by your favourite sci-fi films, including a virtual reality light sabres game! Party into the future Club ALÉA will be transformed into the VIP…