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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!
December 12
Ottawa is full of fun winter activities this week! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning December 13, 2018: Enjoy the sweet sounds of the King’s Singers as Chamberfest and the Ottawa Choral Society present Silver and Gold this Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at Dominion Chalmers United Church. Support the Ottawa 67’s as they take on the Flint Firebirds this…
Best ice skating experiences in Ottawa
Best ice skating experiences in Ottawa
December 11
Ottawa is an epic destination for fun winter activities – especially ice skating in the great outdoors. Where else can you glide along the world’s largest skating surface (in the city centre, no less), twirl on a refrigerated ice rink at a historic site, or carve your way along skating trails in the wilderness? We’ve gathered some of the most magical skating experiences you can enjoy in Canada’s Capital Region,…
Holiday fun at Casino du Lac-Leamy
Holiday fun at Casino du Lac-Leamy
December 11
Whether you’re looking for a fun night out with friends or a romantic evening out with your partner, the Casino du Lac-Leamy has you covered this holiday season. Located about a 10-minute drive north of Ottawa’s downtown core in Gatineau, Quebec, the Casino is where you’ll find not only state-of-the-art gaming, but fine dining, live entertainment and more. Plus, there are extra fun happenings during the holiday season, including New Year’s Eve!  Festive décor…
Parliament Hill free tours and programming
Parliament Hill free tours and programming
December 4
Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and a must-see when visiting Canada’s capital. The historic, neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings stand tall on a hill overlooking the majestic Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa. And although the buildings are home to the country’s federal government (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau works there), visitors are welcome on-site for free tours and programming all year-long. Whether you visit Parliament Hill for a selfie,…
Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style!
Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style!
November 28
As we say goodbye to 2018, we look forward to kicking off 2019 with a BANG in Ottawa! From free, family-friendly outings, to comedy shows, to chic VIP parties, here are just a few of the many New Year’s Eve events happening in Canada’s capital region on December 31, 2018. Downtown Ottawa Celebrate New Year’s Eve, Scottish-style at the 7th annual Hogman-eh! party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion! This family-friendly party features traditional and…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
November 28
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…