Ottawa Tourism


Ottawa is an open, welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited and queer (LGBTTQ+) visitors. Come explore the city’s outstanding collection of museums and art galleries, its active and varied outdoor life, its restaurants, markets, antiques and theatre. And while you’re here, take in a bit of LGBTTQ+ history: Ottawa, after all, was the site of the first-ever public gay and lesbian demonstration in Canada, in 1971.

Visit Ottawa’s officially designated Village. Covering a six by two block area of Bank Street downtown—from Nepean to James Streets (north to south) and Kent and O’Connor Streets (west to east), this growing gaybourhood is surrounded by well-established and newly blossoming LGBTTQ+ friendly bars, restaurants and accommodations.

Ottawa is easy to reach—we’re only two hours by car or train from Montréal, four hours from Toronto. Or fly in: Macdonald-Cartier International Airport has direct connections to an ever-growing number of cities in North America and abroad. Ottawa is closer than you think: We’re only 90 minutes by air from Washington, D.C. and Boston; one hour from New York City.

And once you’re here, it’s easy to get around. Our downtown is safe, compact and walkable, our transit system is excellent and our roads include a network of scenic parkways that let you enjoy the view while getting you to where you’re going.