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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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Ottawa’s vibrant urban arts scene
Ottawa’s vibrant urban arts scene
October 16
Around every corner in Canada’s capital, you’ll encounter stunning urban art including murals, sculptures, miniatures and graffiti. Ottawa's diverse streetscapes and beautiful green spaces come alive with these unique creations! Use the highlights below to plan your own urban art crawl through some of Ottawa’s artsiest neighbourhoods. Downtown Rideau The Downtown Rideau area is full of cultural points of interest that are easy to explore with the free, self-guided Culture…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
October 16
Autumn in Ottawa continues with another weekend full of great events! Here is a list of some activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning October 17, 2019: Visit the Canadian Museum of Nature’s National Research and Collections Facility in Gatineau on Saturday, October 19 at their special Open House! The annual event is a unique opportunity for the public to explore the facilities and learn more about Canadian…
Spooky and fun Halloween activities in Ottawa this fall
Spooky and fun Halloween activities in Ottawa this fall
October 15
If you’re visiting Ottawa in the fall, you’ll want to soak up some of the many Halloween fun and festivities. Whether you want to get spooked in the city or frightened in the countryside, here are some of the Halloween-themed events and activities (in order of start date) taking place throughout Canada’s capital region. Haunting Season and Fright Fest Saunders Farm | Sept. 21 – Oct. 31, 2019 (select dates) The…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
October 10
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 Special exhibits at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Various start and end dates Ottawa Art Gallery  The always-free OAG presents four new special exhibits this fall that reflect on subjects ranging from genderqueer identity to contemporary Indigenous world views. Local, national and international artists…
Great Ottawa Restaurants
Great Ottawa Restaurants
October 9
Ottawa’s vibrant culinary community has deep roots: there are over 1300 farms located within the city limits and the resulting local products are used by many Ottawa chefs. The result? Fresh, inventive and flavourful creations that will have you drooling. Here is just a sample of the great restaurants in Canada’s Capital, in no particular order. French flair: Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu Did you know that the famed…
Nordik Spa-Nature
Nordik Spa-Nature
October 9
A short 10-minute drive from downtown Ottawa is a blissful paradise and North America’s largest spa: Nordik Spa-Nature. This indoor-outdoor oasis located in the quaint town of Chelsea, Quebec, has all the relaxing features you need including hot and cold pools, numerous saunas, specialty treatments and delicious dining. No matter the season, you’ll want to set aside a few hours, an entire day or even an overnight stay to soak…