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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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Spooky and fun Halloween activities in Ottawa this fall
Spooky and fun Halloween activities in Ottawa this fall
September 19
If you’re visiting Ottawa in the fall, you’ll want to soak up some of the Halloween fun and festivities. Whether you want to get spooked in the city or frightened in the countryside, take your pick from the variety of Halloween-themed events and activities taking place throughout Canada’s capital region. Haunting Season and Fright Fest Saunders Farm | Sept. 22 – Oct. 31, 2018 (select days) The 27th Haunting Season at Saunders Farm promises…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
September 19
Tomorrow marks the first day of fall and naturally, a new season of fun events in Ottawa! Check out the list below to see what’s happening in the nation’s capital this weekend beginning Thursday, September 20th, 2018. Kick off your weekend early! Watson’s Mill will be open tonight (Thursday, September 20) at 5pm for the Night Shift – a monthly event offering free guided tours, a live concert and cash…
Wild Times at the Casino du Lac-Leamy This Fall
Wild Times at the Casino du Lac-Leamy This Fall
September 18
Giddy-up for wild times and exciting entertainment at the Casino du Lac-Leamy this fall! On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings between September 13 and October 20, 2018, you’ll find sizzling country programming throughout the Casino as they celebrate the theme It’s Country!. Thursdays for the ladies Thursday evenings are for the ladies! Ride the mechanical bull or watch the pros tame the beast; catch sexy cowboy performances; play “sexy poker”…
Outdoor Family Fall Activities
Outdoor Family Fall Activities
September 11
Though the kids have gone back to school, autumn evenings and weekends still provide ample opportunities for having fun. Why not get the family together and enjoy the crisp, cooler weather? From nature walks among the fallen leaves, to tasty fall treats, the Ottawa region has something to entertain you and your little ones all harvest season long! Outdoor mecca Located just a short 20-minute drive north of downtown Ottawa,…
Ottawa’s seven national museums
Ottawa’s seven national museums
September 11
When you visit Canada’s capital, you can experience the entire country, all in one welcoming city! Home to seven of Canada’s nine national museums, Ottawa is the mecca for culture vultures, historical enthusiasts and Canadiana buffs. Add these national museums to your Ottawa itinerary: National Gallery of Canada To truly appreciate Canada’s artistic treasures, explore the National Gallery of Canada. The beautiful modern building houses the most comprehensive collection of…
Oktoberfest in the Capital Region
Oktoberfest in the Capital Region
September 11
Ottawa in the fall is the perfect place to celebrate the best of the season: colourful foliage, local harvests, and the smorgasbord of beer, food and fun at Oktoberfest events! Whether you’re looking to join thousands of revelers at a family-friendly event in the countryside or prefer quenching your thirst at a street party in the city, you can raise a pint at these Oktoberfest-themed events in Canada’s capital. Beau’s…