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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!
October 10
The fall fun continues in Ottawa this weekend! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning October 11, 2018: Mosaiculture Gatineau 2018 wraps up this Monday, October 15, making this your last weekend to see the horticultural display in Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec. Nothing says fall like Saunders Farm! Check out Haunting Season by day and Fright Fest by night at Saunders…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
October 9
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 Through the Eyes of Community: 150 Years of Ottawa’s History April 13 – December 23, 2018 Bytown Museum Find out how community spirit has shaped Ottawa into what it is today, from the early days of Confederation in 1867 to the present. Stories…
Nature Nocturne
Nature Nocturne
September 27
Looking for something fun and different to do on a night out in Ottawa? Consider attending Nature Nocturne; one of the city’s favourite monthly events! For one night each month, Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature comes alive from 8 p.m. to midnight, transforming itself into an exciting venue where you can stimulate your curiosity and move your body. Enjoy music, mingling, and engaging activities in unique spaces. Grab a drink…
Remembrance Day programming in Ottawa
Remembrance Day programming in Ottawa
September 27
Lest we forget… The period around Remembrance Day (November 11) each year is a time to reflect on the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers. Veterans of all ages, as well as residents and visitors, gather in Canada’s capital region for special events and ceremonies. Here is some of the Remembrance programming taking place in the Ottawa area leading up to November 11, and on the day itself. National Remembrance Day Ceremony…
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…
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”…