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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!
May 15
This long weekend in Ottawa is packed with fun! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning May 16, 2019: The Canadian Tulip Festival continues this weekend at Commissioners Park until Monday, May 20! Enjoy thousands of blooms, musical and theatrical performances, readings, and lots more daily. On Sunday, May 19 enjoy the Victoria Day Fireworks, with great views available at Commissioners Park. Monitor…
Indoor and outdoor family fun in Ottawa
Indoor and outdoor family fun in Ottawa
May 10
Canada’s capital is like a huge playground for children, with indoor and outdoor fun around every corner. From epic outdoor adventures to interactive national museums, plus fun food and tours, Ottawa is the perfect way for families to experience all of Canada in one place. Here are just some of the kid-friendly activities and sites you and your family can look forward to in Canada’s capital. Fascinating history and fun…
Spring and summer fun at the Casino du Lac-Leamy
Spring and summer fun at the Casino du Lac-Leamy
May 10
The Casino du Lac-Leamy is a hot destination with fun events, sizzling performances, epic prizes and delicious dining! Make the quick 10-minute jaunt from downtown Ottawa to Gatineau, Quebec for a complete entertainment experience! Garden Party From May 13 to June 23, the casino will be celebrating the warm season with interactive games, great prizes and lots of fun!   Grilling goodness Enjoy summer BBQ specials Thursdays through Saturdays at…
Summer chilling: an Ottawa itinerary
Summer chilling: an Ottawa itinerary
May 7
Ottawa’s perfect blend of relaxed urban vibe, vibrant culture and outdoor spaces makes it the ideal weekend getaway destination. to miss these refreshing experiences in Canada’s capital this summer Visiting Canada’s capital can be relaxing and stimulating – especially in the warm months. Use the itinerary below to start planning your refreshing getaway to Ottawa this summer. DAY 1 – Stretch out, take a hike, let loose Arrive in Ottawa…
Springtime beauty: an Ottawa itinerary
Springtime beauty: an Ottawa itinerary
May 6
Spring is a glorious time in Canada’s capital, as the city’s urban landscape is blanketed with colourful blooms during the Canadian Tulip Festival. It’s also the perfect time to explore Ottawa’s many attractions by land, water and air, and taste some of the area’s best flavours along the way. Use the itinerary below to start planning your springtime getaway to Canada’s capital! DAY 1 – Tulips, cruises and restaurants Arrive…
Canadian Tulip Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival
 
Each year in May, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the return of spring by showcasing over a million tulips across Canada’s capital region. The festival is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe. The 67th edition of the festival running May 10 to 20, 2019, has fun activities for the whole family including tours, entertainment and even fireworks – and much…