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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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3-day Itinerary: A Holiday Season Getaway to Ottawa
3-day Itinerary: A Holiday Season Getaway to Ottawa
November 14
When it comes to the holiday season, there’s no denying the charm of Canada’s capital. From its lovely, decorated museums and storefronts, to thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights, you’ll instantly get into the festive spirit as you stroll around Ottawa! Use this handy three-day itinerary as inspiration to plan your own special holiday getaway to Ottawa this year. DAY 1 – See Some Sights Arrive in Ottawa and check…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
November 14
Fall in Ottawa continues with lots of great events! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning November 15, 2018: Cheer on the Ottawa Senators at one of their upcoming home games including against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, November 15; the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, November 17; and the Florida Panthers on Monday, November 19. The European Union Film Festival highlights contemporary…
Remembrance Day programming in Ottawa
Remembrance Day programming in Ottawa
November 8
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. LEADING UP TO NOVEMBER…
Great cocktail spots in Ottawa
Great cocktail spots in Ottawa
November 7
Whether you’re on a date, meeting friends or flying solo, you can easily find the perfect place to have drinks in Canada’s capital. And when local craft beer and refined wines aren’t cutting it, why not stir things up with a killer cocktail? From chic restaurants to trendy lounges and cozy pubs, check out our suggestions for great cocktail spots in Ottawa. Riviera Riviera features only the highest quality ingredients…
Christmas Lights Across Canada
Christmas Lights Across Canada
 
Ottawa sparkles and shines during the holiday season with Christmas Lights Across Canada. From early December to early January each year, thousands of colourful lights illuminate Canada’s capitalThe radiant event, which began more than three decades ago, became such a hit that cities across Canada now participate in what’s become a national tradition. The 34th edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada takes place from December 5, 2018 to January 7, 2019. Illumination…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
October 30
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: Upcoming Exhibits Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from The Metropolitan Museum of Art November 16, 2018 – Sunday, March 17, 2019 National Gallery of Canada This exhibition is the first Canadian show devoted to Swiss-German artist illustrator and painter Paul Klee in nearly four decades.…