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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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Ottawa Virtual Tours, Exhibitions, Activities and Performances
Ottawa Virtual Tours, Exhibitions, Activities and Performances
May 20
Lean in and be educated, or sit back and be entertained, with virtual tours and performances from Ottawa, a city packed with museums and artistic culture. Virtual tours Ottawa is home to most of Canada’s national museums and countless other historic sites and attractions, many of which offer virtual tours. Here are a few highlights: Parliament of Canada’s House of Commons to learn about Canada’s government while Centre Block undergoes several years of renovations; Rideau Hall, the official…
Canadian Tulip Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival
April 27
May 8-18, 2020 All programming for the 2020 edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival, a Celebration of the Gift of Tulips and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands during World War II, will take place online. An outline of the festival programming is provided below. Official Website Visit the Canadian Tulip Festival’s official website for detailed information about this year’s programming line-up and schedule. Learn about the…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
March 17
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Special exhibits in Canada's capital
Special exhibits in Canada's capital
March 13
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 The Gallant Thousand: Ottawa and the South African War May 17, 2019 to April 12, 2020 Bytown Museum In honour of the 120th anniversary of the beginning of the South African (Boer) War in 1899, this exhibit explores the experiences of Canadian and…
Epic March Break: an Ottawa itinerary
Epic March Break: an Ottawa itinerary
March 12
Note: Due to current issues related to COVID-19 concerns, some events and programming in the Ottawa region may be cancelled or affected. Please refer to individual attractions, events and organizations directly to confirm whether or not specific programming is affected. Keeping the kids active, entertained and stimulated during March Break can be a challenge, but not in the Ottawa area! Options are endless, including sports, museums and animals. Many sites…
March Break Activities in Ottawa
March Break Activities in Ottawa
March 12
Note: Due to current issues related to COVID-19 concerns, some events and programming in the Ottawa region may be cancelled or affected. Please refer to individual attractions, events and organizations directly to confirm whether or not specific programming is affected. Canada’s capital is a March Break mecca with its many cultural institutions, outdoor activities and indoor attractions. And since Ottawa shares a provincial border with Gatineau, Quebec, much of the…