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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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Free or nearly free Ottawa in spring, summer and fall
Free or nearly free Ottawa in spring, summer and fall
April 18
If you’re looking for frugal ideas during colder weather, consult our page Free or nearly free Ottawa in winter. Visiting Canada’s Capital on a limited budget doesn’t have to limit your experiences. There are many free or nearly free ways to enjoy national museums, historic sites, outdoor activities and special events! Here are some suggestions on how to experience Ottawa in the warm months without breaking the bank. ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
April 17
Celebrate Easter in Ottawa with lots of fun activities! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning April 18, 2019: The Casino du Lac-Leamy is Now Boarding! The casino’s current theme offers lots of travel-themed fun including special acrobatics performances, “hot suitcases” filled with prizes up for grabs, lots of chances to win trips, and more vacation-themed activities on now until Saturday, April 27.…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
April 17
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 Butterflies in Flight October 6, 2018 – April 28, 2019 Canadian Museum of Nature Enter a world of brilliant live butterflies! Experience a warm and relaxing tropical environment with flowering plants and hundreds of live butterflies. Survival of the Slowest December 21, 2018…
Best walking and cycling tours in Ottawa
Best walking and cycling tours in Ottawa
April 16
Did you know that you can easily walk or bike between world-class attractions, culinary hotspots and green outdoor spaces in Canada’s capital? And taking a tour can help you discover local favourites that you might not otherwise encounter! Join us on a journey through some of Ottawa’s best walking and cycling tours: WALKING TOURS Ottawa Walking Tours Join Ottawa Walking Tours (OWT) for multilingual, two-hour walking tours of Ottawa that…
Cycling in Ottawa
Cycling in Ottawa
April 15
If you come to Ottawa, make sure to bring your cycling game! Canada’s capital is a cycling enthusiast’s dream destination with more than 800 kilometres (497 miles) of beautiful recreational pathways that link natural areas, parks, gardens and national historic sites. Here are some of the ways you can take advantage of Ottawa’s active cycling culture: Bike rentals and tours If you weren’t able to travel to Ottawa with your…
Sightseeing Cycling Route
Sightseeing Cycling Route
April 15
Please click the icon to see more info. Distance: Approximately 7.5 km (4.6 miles) Time: Less than an hour at a leisurely pace; more if you stop at museums and sites along the way Ottawa is a beautiful city that successfully blends urban vitality with relaxing green spaces – even in the compact downtown core! Cyclists, runners and rollerbladers love to ride the 800 kilometres (497 miles) of recreational pathways…