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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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Get into a Holiday Season Mood with these Events!
Get into a Holiday Season Mood with these Events!
November 16
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 thousands upon 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 are just a few activity suggestions, ordered by start date, that are sure to get you into a jolly…
Top Places to Photograph in Ottawa This Winter
Top Places to Photograph in Ottawa This Winter
November 16
Grab your camera this winter season and explore these local Instagram favourite spots to take photos in and around Ottawa. Gatineau Park Ottawa’s downtown core is only a short 20-minute drive away from the winter wonderland that is Gatineau Park in Quebec. With over 200 km of cross-country skiing trails and opportunities to snowshoe, hike, snow bike or winter camp, the Instagram opportunities are endless!  Tip: Spending the night in…
Wonderful Winter Activities
Wonderful Winter Activities
November 16
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 Feb. 1-18, 2019, Ottawa hosts Canada’s annual celebration of winter, Winterlude. A special highlight for children of all ages is Snowflake Kingdom…
3-day Itinerary: A Holiday Season Getaway to Ottawa
3-day Itinerary: A Holiday Season Getaway to Ottawa
November 14
When it comes to the holiday season, there’s no denying the charm of Canada’s capital. From its lovely, decorated museums and storefronts, to thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights, you’ll instantly get into the festive spirit as you stroll around Ottawa! Use this handy three-day itinerary as inspiration to plan your own special holiday getaway to Ottawa this year. DAY 1 – See Some Sights Arrive in Ottawa and check…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
November 14
Fall in Ottawa continues with lots of great events! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning November 15, 2018: Cheer on the Ottawa Senators at one of their upcoming home games including against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, November 15; the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, November 17; and the Florida Panthers on Monday, November 19. The European Union Film Festival highlights contemporary…
Remembrance Day programming in Ottawa
Remembrance Day programming in Ottawa
November 8
Lest we forget… The period around Remembrance Day (November 11) each year is a time to reflect on the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers. Veterans of all ages, as well as residents and visitors, gather in Canada’s capital region for special events and ceremonies. Here is some of the Remembrance programming taking place in the Ottawa area leading up to November 11, and on the day itself. LEADING UP TO NOVEMBER…