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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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Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
June 17
Special exhibits are always plentiful at Ottawa-area museums. Here are just a few of the current and upcoming temporary exhibits, in order of end date: Current Exhibits Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius May 2 – September 2, 2019 Canada Science and Technology Museum The most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci to tour the world is coming to Ottawa during its first ever visit to Canada! This…
Canada in One City photo contest
Canada in One City photo contest
June 14
When you’re in Canada’s capital, you can experience the entire country in one place. And we want to see your point of view through your photos! Enter our Canada in One City contest from June 14 to July 19, 2019 by submitting your photographs that best represent the themes below. You could win weekly and overall theme prizes! We’re looking for images taken within the last year (all seasons welcome)…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
June 12
Ottawa is filled with fun activities this weekend! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning June 13, 2019: Bank Street is glowing this weekend! Glowfair takes over 10 city blocks on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 with music, street performers, art, and much more. FREE! Explore the Rideau Canal! Walk or bike along the canal, or rent kayaks, canoes and more…
Summertime getaway: an Ottawa itinerary
Summertime getaway: an Ottawa itinerary
June 10
Summer visits to Ottawa are full of fun outdoor activities, mega music festivals and tasty culinary adventures. Plan your weekend getaway to Canada’s capital with our three-day itinerary and get ready to make some unforgettable memories this summer! DAY 1 – Sights, eats, shops and a show Arrive in Ottawa and check into the hotel of your choice. Most of our accommodation members are located downtown near many of the city’s main…
Awesome adventurous activities in Ottawa
Awesome adventurous activities in Ottawa
June 10
With its easy access to outdoor spaces within the city and in the nearby countryside, the Ottawa area is the perfect place for exciting land, air and water experiences. Whether you want to feel the wind in your hair, your heart in your throat or water down your back, consider these adventurous activities in and around Canada’s capital that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping! The Rock at Great…
Best places to photograph during Canada Day Weekend in Ottawa
Best places to photograph during Canada Day Weekend in Ottawa
June 10
There are a plethora of Instagram-worthy options in Ottawa over the Canada Day weekend (June 30 and July 1, 2019) as Canada’s Capital celebrates the 152nd anniversary of Confederation! We’ve gathered a handy list of some of the best Canada Day-themed events, places and things you’ll want to capture. Best of all, most are within Ottawa’s downtown core, where much of the free official festivities take place. And make sure to…