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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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Discover Unique Pieces of Saskatchewan in Ottawa
Discover Unique Pieces of Saskatchewan in Ottawa
August 19
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many objects that come from across the country; from British Columbia to Quebec, to Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. In many ways, Ottawa is where all points of the country meet. So if you’re a Canadian and you’re looking for a connection to your home province in Ottawa, chances are that you’ll find it. And particularly, if you’re from Saskatchewan, you’re in luck!Saskatchewan…
Outdoor Family Fall Activities
Outdoor Family Fall Activities
August 15
Though the kids have gone back to school, evenings and weekends still provide ample opportunities for having fun. Why not get the family together and enjoy the crisp, cooler weather? From nature walks among the fallen leaves, to bustling outdoor markets, the Ottawa region has something to entertain you and your little ones all harvest season long!Located just a short 20-minute drive north of downtown Ottawa, Gatineau Park provides the…
Canada’s National Museums Passport
Canada’s National Museums Passport
August 12
Experience Culture in the Capital – 3 Museums in 3 Days!As the nation's capital, Ottawa has a substantial amount of history and culture that can captivate a new tourist or even the most experienced traveller. Immerse yourself in Ottawa’s eclectic neighbourhoods and downtown core and enjoy our nationally renowned cultural institutions. The myriad of museums and galleries offer a glimpse into everything from Canada’s social and military history, to buildings…
5 Ways to Discover Ottawa’s Craft Beer Scene this Fall!
5 Ways to Discover Ottawa’s Craft Beer Scene this Fall!
August 11
Though we wish we could hold onto summer and its glorious heat, the arrival of fall in Ottawa means a crisp, fresh breeze, beautiful fall colours and… Delicious craft beer events!Ottawa is home to an exploding craft beer scene that has seen many local breweries and craft beer events emerge over the last few years. From Ottawa’s rural areas to its bustling downtown core, you’ll either find a craft beer…
Ottawa Ambassadors – Dr. Andrea McCrady
Ottawa Ambassadors – Dr. Andrea McCrady
August 10
If you think that the beautiful melodies coming from the Peace Tower’s bells are computer-generated, you couldn’t be more wrong. Rather, the lovely music is the result of Dr. Andrea McCrady’s skill as she plays the tower’s carillon; an instrument comprised of 53 bells, including the largest ‘bourdon’ bell, which weighs 10 metric tonnes.“It’s a heavy beast,” McCrady said in an interview with Ottawa Tourism. “But because I’ve been playing…
Throw an awesome bachelor party in Ottawa!
Throw an awesome bachelor party in Ottawa!
August 8
So you’re getting married, or perhaps your best friend is getting married and you’ve been appointed to the important position of Best Man, either way a send-off bachelor party is in the cards and Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is the perfect place to host it!Whether you’re looking to keep it classy or to kick up the wild, adventurous factor, Ottawa has a scene that is sure to please the most discerning…