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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!
September 18
Ottawa is full of fun things to do as fall begins! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning September 19, 2019: The Light Rail Transit system is now up and running! Use the new Confederation Line between Tunney’s Pasture and Blair station to travel through Ottawa – including a stop at the Ottawa VIA Rail Station. Stop by Sparks Street to check out…
Best fall treats in Ottawa
Best fall treats in Ottawa
September 17
Craving some tasty treats while exploring the colourful fall foliage in Canada’s capital? The bountiful harvest in and around Ottawa provides inspiration for all kinds of delicious concoctions. Here are some local favourites you can sink your teeth into this autumn: Fall flavours on tap Ottawa’s many craft breweries regularly launch seasonal beers that you can try in person at the breweries, or in restaurants and bars all over town.…
Fall for the Perfect Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard in...
Fall for the Perfect Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard in...
September 16
When autumn arrives in Canada’s capital, it brings the seasonal ritual of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides and apple picking. Whether you’re starting a new family tradition or searching for that Instagram-worthy photoshoot with friends, here are a few local pumpkin patches and apple orchards that will give you just the fall feels you’ve been waiting for. Proulx Maple & Berry Farm Before gearing up for maple season, the Proulx…
Ottawa’s vibrant urban arts scene
Ottawa’s vibrant urban arts scene
September 13
Around every corner in Canada’s capital, you’ll encounter stunning urban art including murals, sculptures, miniatures and graffiti. Ottawa's diverse streetscapes and beautiful green spaces come alive with these unique creations! Use the highlights below to plan your own urban art crawl through some of Ottawa’s artsiest neighbourhoods. Downtown Rideau The Downtown Rideau area is full of cultural points of interest that are easy to explore with the free, self-guided Culture…
Dog-friendly sightseeing walking routes in Ottawa
Dog-friendly sightseeing walking routes in Ottawa
September 11
With its many dog-friendly places and activities, Canada’s capital is the perfect destination for you and your pup. When it’s time to explore, you could join one of the walking tour companies which welcome dogs on their outdoor tours – like The Haunted Walk. But with so many sights and attractions within walking distance of downtown hotels, it’s also a breeze to explore on your own. When it’s time to…
Dog-friendly places and activities in Ottawa
Dog-friendly places and activities in Ottawa
September 11
Canada’s capital is a blast to visit on your own, with a loved one, or with friends – even the canine kind! Traveling with your pup can make some experiences even more enjoyable. Here are some suggestions for dog-friendly hotels, outdoor sites, events and breweries that you and your best furry friend will love in Ottawa. Note: This article refers to pet dogs specifically. Service animals, such as guide dogs,…