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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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Top outdoor places to photograph in Ottawa this winter
Top outdoor places to photograph in Ottawa this winter
November 6
Bring your camera to take advantage of the magical snowy weather in and around Canada’s capital. Explore some of the best local Instagram spots outdoors this winter in the Ottawa region! Gatineau Park Ottawa’s downtown core is only a short 20-minute drive away from the winter wonderland that is Gatineau Park in Quebec. With over 200 km of cross-country skiing trails and opportunities to snowshoe, hike, snow bike or winter…
Holiday season events in Ottawa
Holiday season events in Ottawa
November 6
As the cooler winter weather arrives, Canada’s charming capital gets into the holiday spirit with a flurry of special events. From beautiful colourful cityscapes created by hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, to festive theatre presentations and culinary delights, you’ll easily be enchanted by the magic of the season in Ottawa. Here is just some of the special programming, ordered by start date, that will surely get you into a jolly…
Christmas Lights Across Canada
Christmas Lights Across Canada
 
Ottawa sparkles and shines during the holiday season with Christmas Lights Across Canada. From early December to early January each year, thousands of colourful lights illuminate Canada’s capital. The radiant event, which began more than three decades ago, became such a hit that cities across Canada now participate in what’s become a national tradition. The 34th edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada takes place from December 4, 2019 to January 7, 2020.…
Top Indoor Activities in Ottawa to Warm You Up This...
Top Indoor Activities in Ottawa to Warm You Up This...
November 6
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…
3-day itinerary: A holiday season getaway to Ottawa
3-day itinerary: A holiday season getaway to Ottawa
November 5
When it comes to the holiday season, there’s no denying the charm of Canada’s capital. From its lovely, decorated museums and storefronts, to hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, you’ll instantly get into the festive spirit as you stroll around Ottawa! Use this handy three-day itinerary as inspiration to plan your own special holiday getaway to Ottawa this year. DAY 1 – Sights with festive flair Arrive in Ottawa and…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
November 5
It’s a busy weekend in Ottawa with lots to do as we look ahead to Remembrance Day. Here is a list of some activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning November 7, 2019: It’s a full weekend at Lansdowne – watch Olympic figure skaters at Rock the Rink: Tessa and Scott on Thursday, November 7; cheer on the Ottawa 67’s as they take on the Oshawa Generals on…