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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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Guided Voyageur Canoe Tours on the Rideau Canal
Guided Voyageur Canoe Tours on the Rideau Canal
May 22
Hop into a voyageur canoe (similar to what Samuel de Champlain would have used) and travel down the Rideau Canal, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site! Parks Canada offers voyageur canoe tours departing from the Hartwells Lockstation, located just over 7km south of downtown Ottawa, near the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and the Central Experimental Farm. Two experiences There are two types of tours which both include a leisurely…
Discover Ottawa’s secrets during Doors Open Ottawa!
Discover Ottawa’s secrets during Doors Open Ottawa!
May 18
Over one weekend in early June each year (June 2 and 3, 2018), the Doors Open Ottawa event provides free access to more than 140 culturally and historically significant buildings in the Ottawa region. It’s the second-largest event of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in the world! HIGHLIGHTS OF OTTAWA’S HERITAGE Explore embassies, breweries, museums, Canadian heritage sites and more – some of which are not normally…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
May 18
Special exhibits are always plentiful at Ottawa-area museums. Here are just a few of the current and upcoming exhibits (in order of end date), as well as new permanent exhibits and museum openings: Current Exhibits Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration May 4 – September 3, 2018 Canada Aviation and Space Museum Learn what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere, what's within our reach and what might come up on…
Yoga on Parliament Hill – Get Centered at Centre Block...
Yoga on Parliament Hill – Get Centered at Centre Block...
May 17
On Wednesdays during the lunch hour from May through August, yoga enthusiasts of all levels flock to Parliament Hill for a truly unique mass yoga class. Hundreds of people regularly participate in the free one-hour session hosted by Lululemon Athletica, the Canadian yoga apparel company. A lead instructor hosts the session over loud-speakers while other yogis roam through the crowds to help participants as required. Where else in the world…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
May 16
This May long weekend marks the final days of the Canadian Tulip Festival, as well as the start of lots of great summer activities! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning May 10, 2018: The Canadian Tulip Festival continues this weekend with the 66th edition and special theme A World of Tulips. Now through Monday, May 21 enjoy special programming at main sites…
Discover Ottawa’s Best Patios
Discover Ottawa’s Best Patios
May 15
As soon as the weather warms up in Ottawa, patios fill up all over town. Many of the most popular are conveniently located within walking distance from downtown hotels! Join us on a patio-crawl to some of Ottawa’s trendy spots, rooftop decks and casual places where you can relax, sip, nibble and people watch. UPSCALE & TRENDY Tavern on the Hill Looking for a magical terrace tucked away amidst colourful…