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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!
January 18
Celebrate Winter in Ottawa with these fun activities! Here is a list of events happening in and around Ottawa from January 20-22, 2017, in addition to our already stellar lineup of ongoing activities. The Rideau Canal Skateway is open for business; check here for ice conditions! Skate along the world’s largest skating rink, spanning 7.8km (4.8 miles) through Ottawa’s downtown core! For visitor convenience, note the rest areas, change rooms,…
Winterlude
Winterlude
January 16
February 3 - 20, 2017 Come celebrate winter in Canada's Capital during three fun-filled weekends in February, which is known as Winterlude! There are so many things to see and do that celebrate Ottawa's enchanting snow-covered season. If you're in Ottawa on Feb. 3, don't miss the Winterlude Kick-Off party! Taking place at Confederation Park amongst the beautiful ice sculptures, you can enjoy live music and an exciting outdoor dance…
Winterlude Packing Guide
Winterlude Packing Guide
January 10
So, you’re coming to Ottawa for Winterlude. Glad to hear it! Especially if this is your first visit to Ottawa in the winter, we urge you to refer to this packing guide to make sure you enjoy yourselves to the fullest. Because no matter how amazing the ice sculptures, how romantic the outing on the Rideau Canal Skateway, or how slippery the ice slide at Snowflake Kingdom, you won’t have…
Skiing in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region!
Skiing in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region!
December 16
From beginner-friendly and challenging cross-country ski trails, to exciting downhill ski centres, the Ottawa-Gatineau region is a skier’s delight once the snow arrives! With vast green spaces and the famous Gatineau Park, located just 20 minutes from the downtown core, Canada’s Capital region has something to offer the speed addict downhill skiers and those who prefer a more leisurely pace on a scenic snow-covered trail. Even the city’s public parks…
Nature Nocturne
Nature Nocturne
December 16
Looking for something fun and different to do on a night out in Ottawa? Consider attending Nature Nocturne; one of the city’s favourite monthly events! For one night each month, Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature comes alive from 8 p.m. to midnight, transforming itself into a bustling nightclub complete with a DJ and bar service. Dance the night away among the museum’s famous dinosaurs – this is a great photo…
Ottawa Ambassadors – Marc Laplante
Ottawa Ambassadors – Marc Laplante
December 14
In an interview with Ottawa Tourism, Laplante, who is the Vice-President at 417 Bus Line Ltd., said that when he found out about all the great things going on in 2017, he knew that he had to be a part of the celebration. “I contacted Guy Laflamme and asked if we could work together,” Laplante said. Laflamme is the Executive Director at Ottawa 2017, the bureau who is spearheading much…