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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!
January 21
Enjoy winter fun in Ottawa! Here is a list of some of the activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning January 23, 2020: The Rideau Canal Skateway is now open for skaters! Glide along the ice as weather permits, celebrating the 50th season of skating this year. Check online for skating conditions and to find out what portions are open. FREE! Cheer on the Ottawa Senators as they take on…
Winter wonderland: an Ottawa itinerary
Winter wonderland: an Ottawa itinerary
January 17
Winter in Ottawa is a magical season full of invigorating outdoor activities and unforgettable indoor fun. The first three weekends of February are especially eventful during the Winterlude festival, but you can enjoy incredible experiences all season long. Use this three-day itinerary to plan your memorable weekend getaway to Ottawa during the winter months. DAY 1 – Skating, eating and touring Arrive in Canada’s capital and check into the hotel…
March Break Activities in Ottawa
March Break Activities in Ottawa
January 17
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 special programming is offered during both the Quebec March Break (March 2-6, 2020) and the Ontario March Break (March 16-20, 2020). So gather the kids and come experience some of the fun activities below for an epic March Break in…
Maple syrup fun in the Ottawa region
Maple syrup fun in the Ottawa region
January 17
Canada’s capital region loves to celebrate the sweet and natural treat that is maple syrup. Maple syrup season usually starts in late February and can run into April – a late winter and spring highlight! Ideal temperatures of +5° Celsius (41° Fahrenheit) during the day and -5° Celsius (23° Fahrenheit) during the night start the sap running through the trees. It takes 40 litres of sap to reduce down (by boiling)…
Top indoor activities in Ottawa to warm you up this...
Top indoor activities in Ottawa to warm you up this...
January 14
Ottawa is well known for its lively winter activities like skating on the world-famous Rideau Canal Skateway, cross-country skiing in Gatineau Park and enjoying ice sculptures and snow slides during the annual Winterlude festival. But there are also lots of tasty, tropical, relaxing and fun things to do indoors when it’s chilly outside. Here are a some of the best ways to stay warm indoors this winter season in Canada’s…
Casino Lac-Leamy goes pop
Casino Lac-Leamy goes pop
January 13
Start off 2020 by celebrating pop music through the decades at the Casino Lac-Leamy! Enjoy music shows, dining specials and other featured promotions from January 12 to February 15, 2020. Music nights Get into the groove at free shows on Friday and Saturday evenings featuring your favourite pop hits from the 80s and 90s, as well as tunes from the 50s on Sundays. Flavours that pop On-site restaurants like Banco…