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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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RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies
RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies
June 24
June 27-30, 2019 The Sunset Ceremonies are a time-honoured tradition in Ottawa, featuring performances by the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride Mounties and their signature flag-lowering ceremony at sunset, among other activities and police displays. The Musical Ride, with a full troop of 32 riders and their horses, consists of complex and thrilling cavalry figures and drills choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination. The Sunset Ceremonies…
Canada Day (long weekend) in Ottawa – official programming
Canada Day (long weekend) in Ottawa – official programming
June 20
The biggest Canada Day party takes place in Ottawa each year on July 1, with live entertainment, family activities and spectacular fireworks! And this year, Canada’s capital is hosting a two-day celebration on Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1, 2019. Take a look at these highlights and plan your long weekend getaway to Ottawa for the 152nd Canada Day celebrations. And yes, it’s all FREE! Three official sites Though…
Ottawa’s Summer Music Festivals
Ottawa’s Summer Music Festivals
 
If you’re looking for great music acts in the great outdoors, look no further than Ottawa in the summer! When the weather heats up, Canada’s scenic capital becomes home to several world-class music festivals. From Jazz stars, to Pop and Country headliners, to Indie and Folk, there’s a music scene that is sure to suit you. And the best part? Most of these exciting festivals are within a 20-minute walk…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
June 18
Summer arrives in Ottawa with a full weekend of fun events! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning June 20, 2019: Indulge in sweet, sticky ribs at Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street on now until Sunday, June 23! Cheer on the Ottawa REDBLACKS as they take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders this Thursday, June 20 at TD Place! Celebrate and learn about indigenous cultures…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
June 17
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 Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius May 2 – September 2, 2019 Canada Science and Technology Museum The most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci to tour the world is coming to Ottawa during its first ever visit to Canada! This…
Canada in One City photo contest
Canada in One City photo contest
June 14
When you’re in Canada’s capital, you can experience the entire country in one place. And we want to see your point of view through your photos! Enter our Canada in One City contest from June 14 to July 19, 2019 by submitting your photographs that best represent the themes below. You could win weekly and overall theme prizes! We’re looking for images taken within the last year (all seasons welcome)…