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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!
March 17
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Special exhibits in Canada's capital
Special exhibits in Canada's capital
March 13
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 The Gallant Thousand: Ottawa and the South African War May 17, 2019 to April 12, 2020 Bytown Museum In honour of the 120th anniversary of the beginning of the South African (Boer) War in 1899, this exhibit explores the experiences of Canadian and…
Epic March Break: an Ottawa itinerary
Epic March Break: an Ottawa itinerary
March 12
Note: Due to current issues related to COVID-19 concerns, some events and programming in the Ottawa region may be cancelled or affected. Please refer to individual attractions, events and organizations directly to confirm whether or not specific programming is affected. Keeping the kids active, entertained and stimulated during March Break can be a challenge, but not in the Ottawa area! Options are endless, including sports, museums and animals. Many sites…
March Break Activities in Ottawa
March Break Activities in Ottawa
March 12
Note: Due to current issues related to COVID-19 concerns, some events and programming in the Ottawa region may be cancelled or affected. Please refer to individual attractions, events and organizations directly to confirm whether or not specific programming is affected. Canada’s capital is a March Break mecca with its many cultural institutions, outdoor activities and indoor attractions. And since Ottawa shares a provincial border with Gatineau, Quebec, much of the…
St. Patrick’s Day-related events and activities in Ottawa
St. Patrick’s Day-related events and activities in Ottawa
March 12
From Celtic events, to beer-related festivities, to film festivals, Canada’s Capital loves to celebrate all things Irish in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. Soak up some Irish culture on and around St. Patrick’s Day at the following events and activities. Sláinte! Ottawa Irish Festival Proclamation – March 5 Join Mayor Jim Watson at Ottawa City Hall at 4:30 p.m. as he kicks off the Ottawa Irish Festival which runs from March 5…
All aboard at the Casino du Lac-Leamy this spring
All aboard at the Casino du Lac-Leamy this spring
February 27
Spring isn’t the only thing in the air—there’s tropical entertainment at the Casino Lac-Leamy during their Now Boarding theme! Travel on an exotic journey to “Cayo Casino” on Friday and Saturday evenings from March 5 to April 12, 2020. Steamy nights You’ll feel like you’re on vacation during Cayo Casino Nights. Join dancers as they move to Latin music, plus enjoy live entertainment and beach games. Exciting flavours Sip on delicious tropical…