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Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
August 17
Summer fun in Ottawa continues this weekend! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from August 18-20, 2017. Catch one of the final performances of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on Parliament Hill, which wraps up on Thursday, August 24. This is the last full weekend to catch the ceremony! FREE! Head to the plaza in front of the Capital Information Kiosk located…
Experience Ottawa The Amazing Race Canada Way
Experience Ottawa The Amazing Race Canada Way
August 8
Competitors from The Amazing Race Canada visited a few of Ottawa’s best sites and attractions during episode 6 of season 5, and we can help you follow in their footsteps! Read on for our tips on how to experience the beautiful and exciting locations the racers visited in Canada’s Capital – without the cut-throat competition and fear of being eliminated by Jon Montgomery! Ottawa City Hall and the Ottawa 2017…
First-Ever All-Star Baseball Game Hits a Home Run with Ottawa...
First-Ever All-Star Baseball Game Hits a Home Run with Ottawa...
August 1
(Almost) Major League baseball It was a historic night for baseball fans at the first-ever professional baseball All-Star game held in Canada’s Capital. Featuring the Can-Am League versus the American Association League, the 2017 All-Star game was held at Ottawa's RCGT Park, home of the Ottawa Champions. Starring top players from both leagues, the 2017 All-Star game began with a pre-game tribute to former Ottawa Mayor, Jim Durrell, an appearance…
La Machine – Giant Creatures Roam Downtown Ottawa in Summer...
La Machine – Giant Creatures Roam Downtown Ottawa in Summer...
 
July 27-30, 2017 In late July, two enormous mechanical creatures from La Machine – a fire and smoke-breathing dragon called Long-Ma, as well as a water-spraying spider called Kumo – will walk through Ottawa’s downtown core. Throughout the four days of July 27 to 30, 2017, crowds can take part in the free ambulant street theatre as the creatures perform scenes based on the story “The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse,…
“Free or Nearly Free” Ottawa in Summer and Fall
“Free or Nearly Free” Ottawa in Summer and Fall
July 27
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city known for its many national museums and award-winning attractions. Throughout this charming former lumber town, visitors can also find a myriad of gourmet restaurants and high-end shopping avenues such as Sussex Drive. But though Ottawa has many sights to offer, visiting the city doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. As the city basks in the glow of the warming…
Ottawa’s Garden Promenade
Ottawa’s Garden Promenade
July 26
Ottawa is known for its effortless combination of relaxing green spaces and dynamic urban cityscapes. While visiting many of the region’s main attractions, you can easily encounter beautiful parks and gardens along the way. But if you prefer to make visiting gardens a priority, the Garden Promenade is for you! The Garden Promenade is a 15 km circuit that celebrates Ottawa’s garden culture by showcasing 40 gardens and over 70…
Explore Ottawa’s Gardens
Explore Ottawa’s Gardens
July 21
While the Canadian Tulip Festival takes place throughout Ottawa in May, there is no shortage of permanent vistas open to the public later in the summer as well. Along the Rideau Canal and in a variety of other areas, visitors planning a trip to Ottawa can walk or cycle through some gorgeous venues.  If you’re planning to visit gardens located near some of Ottawa and Gatineau’s major attractions, make sure…
A Remarkable Night Out in Ottawa: Dinner in the Sky...
A Remarkable Night Out in Ottawa: Dinner in the Sky...
July 20
If you're looking for unique experiences this summer, you’re in for some surprises in Ottawa! Special celebrations are taking place all year long to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Don’t miss this high-flying gourmet experience and multi-sensorial shows this summer.  The Sky Lounge Sky Lounge is a temporary gourmet event that takes you 150 feet above the city from July 7 to 22, 2017. The lounge lifts up at Ottawa City Hall, so from…
Top 10 things to do in Ottawa
Top 10 things to do in Ottawa
July 18
1. Parliament Hill The seat of Canada's federal government and the setting for national celebrations the year round, Parliament Hill is the most visited Ottawa attraction. Each morning during summer months, the front lawn of Parliament Hill is the setting of the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony; each evening the public is invited to gather again to witness the awe-inspiring Sound and Light show - spectacular lighting effects and…
Fresh Farm Flavours in South-West Ottawa
Fresh Farm Flavours in South-West Ottawa
July 11
A dimly lit barn, a raging storm, and the unshakable feeling that an unseen pair of eyes were upon me. It might sound like the start of a spine-chilling movie but at Rideau Pines Farm, it was actually the start of an incredible visit! The sudden appearance of a short-lived thundershower in the rural countryside had my friends and I taking cover in the farm’s market shop - and spilling…
Guided Voyageur Canoe Tours on the Rideau Canal
Guided Voyageur Canoe Tours on the Rideau Canal
July 6
Hop into a voyageur canoe (similar to what Samuel de Champlain would have used) and travel down the Rideau Canal, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site! Parks Canada offers voyageur canoe tours departing from the Hartwells Lockstation, located just over 7km south of downtown Ottawa, near the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and the Central Experimental Farm. There are two types of tours which both include a leisurely paddle down…
Best Places to Photograph this Canada Day Weekend in Ottawa
Best Places to Photograph this Canada Day Weekend in Ottawa
June 29
There will be a plethora of Instagram-worthy options in Ottawa over the Canada Day long weekend as Canada’s Capital celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation! We’ve gathered a handy list of some of the best Canada Day-themed events, places and things you’ll want to capture. Best of all, most are within Ottawa’s downtown core, where much of the free official festivities take place. And make sure to tag your photos…
An Action-Packed Weekend at Canada's First-Ever Red Bull GRC Series
An Action-Packed Weekend at Canada's First-Ever Red Bull GRC Series
June 27
Excited rallycross fans gathered in Ottawa from June 17-18, 2017 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to witness history; Canada's first-ever Red Bull Global Rallycross Series held in Canada's capital! There was plenty of racing action for rallycross fans who attended this two-day event, with a non-stop action-packed schedule of heats, semi-finals, and finals. In a year featuring many spectacular celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, this Ottawa 2017 event was a huge hit with racing fans, who…
Rideau Canal – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Rideau Canal – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
 
If you’re coming to Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! Snaking and making its way gracefully through Ottawa’s charming downtown core, “the canal” as it’s known locally, is the heart beat of Canada’s Capital in any season. In the warmer months, the canal is a haven for walkers, runners, in-line skaters and cyclists, who stroll along its scenic, rolling green banks. It is also a…
Canada Day Weekend Tips and Packing Guide
Canada Day Weekend Tips and Packing Guide
June 23
If you’re coming to Ottawa for Canada Day this year, you’re in for a super-sized treat! In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, Canada’s Capital is celebrating over the entire long weekend—from June 30 to July 2! (To learn more about official Canada Day weekend programming, visit our Canada Day webpage.) From the boisterous energy of Parliament Hill to the busy reveler-filled streets of the city’s downtown core,…
Music & Beyond
Music & Beyond
 
This unique festival, which couples timeless classical music with several other beautiful art forms, kicks off Ottawa’s annual July music festivals list! Music & Beyond is taking place at various venues throughout Ottawa from July 4-17, 2017. Over 14 days, this festival hosts about 80 concerts that feature orchestras, wind ensembles, instrumental and vocal recitals as well as smaller ensembles. These ensembles are partnered with dance, theatre pieces, visual art, poetry, yoga,…
RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies
RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies
June 20
June 23-25, 2017 What better way to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation than by attending the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride show in Canada's capital? The iconic image of the Mountie on horseback is recognized around the world as a symbol of Canadian heritage and identity. The Sunset Ceremonies is a time-honoured tradition in Ottawa, featuring a performance by the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride and their signature flag-lowering ceremony at sunset,…
Sound and Light Show
Sound and Light Show
 
Northern Lights is an impressive 30-minute multimedia show set against the backdrop of the iconic Parliament Buildings. The experience takes the audience on an unforgettable journey of sound and light through Canada’s history. As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017, Northern Lights highlights the country’s important milestones. Don’t miss this free, bilingual show, presented nightly in Canada’s Capital from July 11 to September 16, 2017! Show start times vary by month due to…
17 Reasons to visit Ottawa in 2017
17 Reasons to visit Ottawa in 2017
June 15
Want to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in style? There’s no better place to be than Ottawa – Canada’s Capital – in 2017! From Jan. 1, 2017 all the way through to January 2018, you’ll find exciting, one-of-a-kind events going on all over Ottawa. Intrigued? You should be. We’ve put together 17 reasons you should be in Ottawa in 2017. This is a year in Ottawa that you definitely don’t want…
Extend Your Stay in Late May: Ottawa Race Weekend and...
Extend Your Stay in Late May: Ottawa Race Weekend and...
May 18
Over the last weekend of May each year, Canada’s Capital buzzes with excitement as thousands of participants and spectators take part in the popular Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. In addition to the race festivities, there are many other events and activities to choose from between May 26 to May 28, 2017—including special celebrations in honour of Canada 150th anniversary of Confederation! Here are just a few highlights: Ottawa Race Weekend…
3-day Itinerary: Indulge in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital
3-day Itinerary: Indulge in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital
May 12
DAY 1 – Elegant and Lively Arrive in Ottawa and check into the hotel of your choice. Ottawa has many hotels for you to choose from; from luxurious establishments to more economic options. Learn more about accommodations on Ottawa Tourism's Stay page. Around 9:00 a.m.: Head out to discover Gatineau Park’s beautiful Pink Lake Trail. This 2.5 km trail makes its way around a crystal clear, unique and vibrantly turquoise…
Spend 5 Days in Ottawa this Summer!
Spend 5 Days in Ottawa this Summer!
May 11
DAY 1 – The Great Outdoors Arrive in Ottawa in the mid-morning and check into the hotel of your choice. Ottawa has many hotels for you to choose from; from luxurious establishments to more economic options. Learn more about accommodations here. Around 11:30 a.m.: If you’re hungry, get a quick bite to eat in Ottawa’s bustling ByWard Market neighbourhood. In this popular Ottawa area, you’ll find several dining options, from…
Yoga on Parliament Hill – Get Centered at Centre Block...
Yoga on Parliament Hill – Get Centered at Centre Block...
April 27
On Wednesdays during the lunch hour from May through August, yoga enthusiasts of all levels flock to Parliament Hill for a truly unique mass yoga class. Hundreds of people regularly participate in the free one-hour session hosted by Lululemon Athletica, the Canadian yoga apparel company. A lead instructor hosts the session over loud-speakers while other yogis roam through the crowds to help participants as required. Where else in the world…
Stanley Cup Tribute – March 15-18, 2017
Stanley Cup Tribute – March 15-18, 2017
March 14
Ottawa is the place to be for all things related to the legendary Stanley Cup in 2017! From a special gala event to a concert, to a brand new monument, it seems that the city just can’t get enough of this timeless award. Did you know that 2017 is the 125th anniversary of the first year the trophy was donated by Lord Stanley of Preston to be awarded to Canada’s…
St. Patrick’s Day in Ottawa
St. Patrick’s Day in Ottawa
March 8
With Ottawa's Irish Festival running from March 9-18 there are plenty of fun and exciting things to do throughout the week. Not only are there are activities to participate in as part of the festival, and many Irish pubs around the city that are sure to be celebrating Irish heritage for St. Patrick's Day on March 17. Proclamation - March 9 Join Mayor Jim Watson at Ottawa City Hall as…
Red Bull Crashed Ice – March 3-4, 2017
Red Bull Crashed Ice – March 3-4, 2017
February 28
One of Ottawa’s most anticipated 2017 events, the final leg of the Red Bull Ice Cross Downhill World Championship will take place on the Ottawa locks of the Rideau Canal, overlooking Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Since it’s being set up in Ottawa’s downtown core, there will be various sites from which to view this event. And, general admission is free. Red Bull Crashed Ice is the fastest sport…
JUNO Week & the 2017 JUNO Awards
JUNO Week & the 2017 JUNO Awards
February 15
Beginning on March 27, 2017, Canada’s Capital will come alive with Canadian music. Throughout the week, enjoy various musical performances, workshops and other activities that showcase the diversity of Canada’s vibrant music scene including JUNO Cup, JUNOfest, JUNO Fan Fare. Bruce Cockburn will the host 2017 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle at National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Songwriters’ Circle is an intimate and interactive concert benefiting MusiCounts,…
Rideau Canal Skateway
Rideau Canal Skateway
 
Did you know that Ottawa is home to the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world, as designated by Guinness World Records? It's true! Each year, from roughly January to late February or early March, the scenic Rideau Canal – Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site – freezes and welcomes thousands upon thousands of visitors for winter fun. People come from around the world to glide along the Rideau…
Sesquicentennial Celebrations – Dec. 31, 2016
Sesquicentennial Celebrations – Dec. 31, 2016
December 6
Taking place earlier in the evening on Dec. 31, this is Ottawa 2017’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Head to Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave.) for this family-friendly event that will welcome 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary year. This event is free. Please avoid driving into the downtown core on New Years Eve. Due to all the road closures it is best to take advantage of the free service by OC…
Fun Winter Activities in Canada’s Capital
Fun Winter Activities in Canada’s Capital
November 16
Whether you want to stay indoors and hide from the cold, or you want to head outside and embrace the crisp breeze of the cooler season, there are many ways to enjoy winter in Ottawa! From indoor activities such as visiting a National Museum – we have seven – or going shopping, to fabulous hiking, skiing and skating, Canada’s Capital is sure to have a winter activity to suit your…
5-day Itinerary: A Holiday Season Getaway to Ottawa
5-day Itinerary: A Holiday Season Getaway to Ottawa
November 16
When it comes to the holiday season, there’s no denying the charm of Ottawa, Canada’s Capital. From its lovely, decorated museums and storefronts to thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights, it’s hard not to walk around the city and be in a cheerful mood.Thinking of a little getaway this holiday season? Well, we can help with that. Check out these ideas for a 5-day trip to Ottawa. Follow this itinerary…
“Free or Nearly Free” Ottawa in Winter
“Free or Nearly Free” Ottawa in Winter
November 15
As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is known as a cosmopolitan city. From some of the most important national museums to high-end shopping on Sussex Drive, priceless items, premier attractions and luxury are always within reach. But visiting Ottawa doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. As the city freezes over during the colder Canadian months, it becomes home to a sparkling winter wonderland where affordable outdoor and indoor activities abound!…
Get into a Holiday Season Mood with these Activities!
Get into a Holiday Season Mood with these Activities!
October 19
If you need a little bit of help getting into the holiday spirit, Canada’s charming capital has many activities to offer. As the cooler winter season weather arrives, Ottawa becomes bathed in a crisp breeze and the soft glow of thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights. From beautiful colourful cityscapes created by Christmas Lights Across Canada, to unique theatre presentations and culinary delights, it’s impossible for you not to be…
Getaway to Canadian Nature at Parc Oméga
Getaway to Canadian Nature at Parc Oméga
October 18
If you want to get up close to real, living Canadian wildlife, there’s no better place to go than Parc Oméga. Located in Montebello, Que. – just a 45-minute drive east of Ottawa’s downtown core – Parc Oméga offers about 2,200 acres of natural habitat for Canadian animals such as deer, elk, bison, caribou, wolves and more. Whether you’re looking for a romantic outing, a family getaway or an interesting…
Remembrance Day in Ottawa November 11, 2016
Remembrance Day in Ottawa November 11, 2016
October 17
Lest we forget… On November 11, ceremonies of remembrance provide a powerful pause to reflect on the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers. As red poppies canvas the Ottawa region, so will veterans –both aged and young, residents and visitors gather to commemorate Remembrance Day. Special ceremonies are being held at the following sites:National War Memorial (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)Every year, the Royal Canadian Legion organizes the National Ceremony of Remembrance…
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…
Oktoberfest in the Capital Region
Oktoberfest in the Capital Region
August 5
There are a variety of places and ways to celebrate Oktoberfest, the original outdoor beer and food festival, in Canada’s Capital Region this fall. Whether you want to be in the heart of downtown or surrounded by nature, we’ve got you covered. Check out this list of Oktoberfest events going on in Ottawa!Beau’s Oktoberfest 2016Vankleek Hill, ON | Sept. 23 – 24, 2016Food, beer, music and fun for the whole…
A Savoury Night Out with Ottawa Tasting Tours
A Savoury Night Out with Ottawa Tasting Tours
July 12
If you’re looking for a fun, delectable night out in Ottawa with friends, family or even co-workers, look no further than Ottawa Tasting Tours.Coming up on its one-year anniversary, this local company opened last July to offer contemporary and fine dining culinary tours of Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market neighbourhood. On one of these tours, you’ll get to discover some of the best culinary gems downtown Ottawa has to offer.According to…
Elements: New Outdoor Hotel & Nature Spa
Elements: New Outdoor Hotel & Nature Spa
July 5
Imagine sitting at a table in the woods. The summer breeze makes the trees sway gently, as you enjoy a delicious campfire-cooked meal by soft lantern light. In the background, a record player sings classics from Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash, and somewhere in the distance a lonely bullfrog croaks, welcoming the setting sun.If you’re looking for a unique, indulgent getaway in the Ottawa region this summer, Elements is it.…
A Few of Ottawa’s World-Class Must-Sees
A Few of Ottawa’s World-Class Must-Sees
March 24
As Canada’s vibrant capital city, Ottawa offers a host of fabulous activities in any season. Whether you want to see cultural marvels, priceless, world-class art or get outside and have some fun, Ottawa will have a special exhibit or event that is sure to delight even the most discerning of visitors. Thinking of coming to Ottawa for a getaway? Discover some of the gems that make this city worth visiting…
Ottawa: Glorious Indoors, Glorious Outdoors
Ottawa: Glorious Indoors, Glorious Outdoors
March 22
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is a vibrant city that offers a little bit of everything from great shopping, to fabulous restaurants, fantastic cultural attractions and even, a little bit of outdoor adventure. Add its compact, walkable downtown core to the mix and you’ve got a great getaway destination in any season!Originally a rowdy lumber town on the unruly banks of the untamed Ottawa River, this now cosmopolitan city offers the…
Ottawa’s Top Natural Wonders
Ottawa’s Top Natural Wonders
March 22
Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is an urban and vibrant destination where you’ll find many cultural attractions, delectable restaurants and lots of cosmopolitan shopping options. But amongst its big city delights, you’ll also find expansive, luscious green spaces that offer adventure and spectacular natural wonders. Whether you’re looking to go hiking or to get out onto the water, Ottawa and its surrounding region is sure to have an experience for you. Bring…
Accessibility in Ottawa
Accessibility in Ottawa
March 9
Ottawa is a very accessible city! But it is still making changes to ensure that it is accessible to everybody, whatever their needs be. Whether you need accessible transportation, a restaurant or a hotel, Ottawa is sure to have something to suit your needs.If you’re coming to Ottawa and you need some information on accessibility, this is a great place to start. You’ll find some helpful information below!TransportationBoth public transportation…
5-day Itinerary: A Summer Getaway to Ottawa!
5-day Itinerary: A Summer Getaway to Ottawa!
March 4
DAY 1 – See, Relax and Party Arrive in Ottawa and settle into your hotel. Ottawa has many hotels for you to choose from; from luxurious establishments to more economic options. Learn more about accommodations here. Mid morning: Go to RentABike (just across from the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel) and head out to explore the city! Rent a bike for a few hours, a day or a few days and…
5 Fun First Date Ideas
5 Fun First Date Ideas
March 2
Are you getting bored of typical first dates and looking for something different? Why not try something fun and exciting to get to know your date better while having a good time. After all, getting to know someone is easier when you’re both comfortable and having fun! We’ve put together a list of places you can go that aren’t your average first date clichés.Zak’s DinerFrom the classic diner food to…
3-day Itinerary: Experience Ottawa like a Local
3-day Itinerary: Experience Ottawa like a Local
February 25
Arrive in Ottawa and check into the hotel of your choice. Ottawa has many hotels for you to choose from; from luxurious establishments to more economic options. Learn more about accommodations here.DAY 1 – Cycling and CultureMorning: Start off by seeing some of the sights! Head to RentABike (across from the Fairmont Château Laurier) and get ready to see Ottawa like a local. You can rent a bike by the…
Diefenbunker : New Home of World’s Largest Escape Room
Diefenbunker : New Home of World’s Largest Escape Room
February 11
Escape Manor and the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum will launch the world’s largest escape room on March 9, 2016. According to Steve Wilson, part-owner and Key Master at Escape Room, the idea for Ottawa’s newest escape attraction, which will be located in Carp, Ont., came from the Diefenbunker itself. In an interview with Ottawa Tourism, Wilson said the Diefenbunker reached out to Escape Manor, suggesting to convert the national…
Sightseeing Cycling Route
Sightseeing Cycling Route
February 10
Please click the icon to see more info.Distance: 7.5 km (4.6 miles) Time: 1 hour, or 5 hours if you stop at museums along the wayOttawa is a beautiful, green-spaced city that offers more than 600 kilometres (372 miles) of recreational pathways. Offering a compact downtown core, it’s easy to make your way around the city.Ottawa is also home to the Capital Pathway Network, which stretches from downtown, to the…
Get to Know the New Lansdowne!
Get to Know the New Lansdowne!
February 4
A historic area with roots going back to 1847, Lansdowne has transformed with time to better fit the increasing modernity of the great world capitals. Located in close proximity to downtown, this community is vibrant and lively. Easily accessible using public transit lines 1 and 7, and flanked by the Rideau Canal and Bank Street, Lansdowne has numerous amenities that make it a unique space. A trade hub whose history…
10 romantic ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s Day!
10 romantic ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s Day!
January 22
Think your partner might enjoy receiving yet ANOTHER teddy bear with red heart-shaped paws for Valentine’s Day? Not so fast…Why not think outside of the box this February and step up the WOW factor for your loved ones. There are plenty of great things going on in Ottawa for Valentine’s Day that are sure to impress that “special someone” in your life (or, at least help you on your way).…
Finding Pieces of Alberta in Canada’s Capital
Finding Pieces of Alberta in Canada’s Capital
January 15
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many objects and artifacts that come from across the country; from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia 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 Alberta, you’re in luck!…
Ottawa Winter Warm Up
Ottawa Winter Warm Up
January 12
Top indoor activities in the Nation's Capital to warm you up this winter! Ottawa is well known for its array of lively winter activities. From skating down the world famous Rideau Canal Skateway, to enjoying cross country skiing in Gatineau Park, the Nation’s Capital is a great destination for those who look forward to the frostier time of year. However, for those of us who enjoy the comforts of warmth,…
A Tour of Ottawa’s Downtown Museums
A Tour of Ottawa’s Downtown Museums
December 1
If you’re coming to Ottawa, the city’s many national award-winning museums provide interesting hideaways in any season and in any weather. Located just a short 20-minute walk from many downtown Ottawa hotels, these diverse cultural attractions make it easy to escape the cold of the Canadian winter or the heat of the Canadian summer. Take in a delightful special exhibit or explore the museums’ priceless permanent collections, which are full…
The Best Birding Spots in Ottawa during Late Fall and...
The Best Birding Spots in Ottawa during Late Fall and...
November 24
Bird-watching, or birding, has grown in the past three decades from a small handful of birders into a huge thriving network in the Ottawa area. With a Bird Fair, a bird sighting column in the Ottawa Citizen, even three birding companies offering field trips, birds and birding are popular in Ottawa! A huge community of birders exists in not only our Ottawa area but across Ontario, with more than four thousand…
Be an Ottawa Tourism Guide For A Day
Be an Ottawa Tourism Guide For A Day
November 1
If you have family or friends visiting Ottawa, there’s no need to be stressed about how to entertain them! As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is home to many national museums, interesting attractions and scenic locales that are sure to delight visitors at any time of the year. From national historic sites, to special exhibits, to outdoor activities, to great shops and restaurants, you won’t run out of things to do. And…
A Haunted Walk of Ottawa
A Haunted Walk of Ottawa
October 6
When I booked tickets for the Haunted Walk of Ottawa’s Ghosts and the Gallows tour, I simply thought that it would be an entertaining evening. My cousin, who had moved to the desert state of Arizona in the United States 10 years ago, was visiting with his girlfriend, who had never been to Ottawa or to Canada before and this seemed like a unique way for them to see Canada’s capital…
5 Must-sees when visiting Ottawa!
5 Must-sees when visiting Ottawa!
September 21
If you only have one or two days in Ottawa, there is plenty for you to see and do. Canada’s Capital is home to most of the country’s national museums, many great restaurants and a busy shopping district. And as Ottawa is a pedestrian-friendly city with most attractions being within a 20-minute walk from many downtown area hotels, it’s possible to see many sites in a short amount of time.…
Ottawa in Autumn: A 36-Hour Guide
Ottawa in Autumn: A 36-Hour Guide
September 18
Something old, something new, buildings of tall glass, parks full of soft grass—Ottawa is a city full of texture and personality. This is extra apparent in autumn, when hockey season begins to roar in earnest and hikes around the capital city provide ample views of golden foliage. Here at Expedia Canada, we love going on weekend trips as the seasons change, which is why we’ve partnered with Ottawa Tourism to…
Ottawa River Family-Friendly Bike Trail
Ottawa River Family-Friendly Bike Trail
September 14
Canada’s Capital is a cycling enthusiast’s dream destination with more than 600 kilometres (373 miles) of beautiful recreational pathways that link natural areas, parks, gardens and national historic sites. No matter the cycling skill level, Ottawa’s scenic pathways have something to offer the beginner to the more seasoned biker. Cycling is an Ottawa activity the whole family can enjoy together! But where do you go with the little ones in…
Rideau Canal Family-Friendly Bike Trail
Rideau Canal Family-Friendly Bike Trail
September 14
Canada’s Capital is a cycling enthusiast’s dream destination with more than 600 kilometres (373 miles) of beautiful recreational pathways that link natural areas, parks, gardens and national historic sites. No matter the cycling skill level, Ottawa’s scenic pathways have something to offer the beginner to the more seasoned biker. Cycling is an Ottawa activity the whole family can enjoy together! But where do you go with the little ones in…
Discover Downtown Ottawa’s Great Coffee Shops
Discover Downtown Ottawa’s Great Coffee Shops
September 14
If you’re looking for a great local coffee shop, Ottawa has quite a few options for you to choose from. From busy, brightly lit spots to quieter, cozy, wood-covered cafés, Canada’s charming capital has a coffee scene for whatever mood you might be in.Whether you want to catch up with a group of friends or steal away to a quiet corner, one of these downtown area independent coffee shops will…
5 Ideas for a Romantic Fall Getaway in Ottawa
5 Ideas for a Romantic Fall Getaway in Ottawa
August 28
Though Ottawa’s summers are hot, boisterous and energizing, the cooler weather and beautiful fall colours bring in a slower pace and a cozy, laid-back atmosphere. Fall means wool sweaters, warm sunshine, tasty treats and a crisp, refreshing breeze.Why not come to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, to experience the beauty of the autumn season and all of its glorious fall colours for yourself along with your special someone? Whether you’re the outdoor…
VeloGO
VeloGO
 
You’ve probably seen VeloGO Bike Share’s bright green bicycles parked around Ottawa’s downtown core. This is Ottawa’s brand new bike sharing program!Launched just this July, VeloGO offers 28 bike rack stations with a total fleet of 300 beach cruiser-style bikes, complete with a basket. And VeloGO is easy to use! Simply download the app and use your smartphone to find a bike station and reserve a bike for your desired…
Learn how to time travel in Ottawa with Time Travel...
Learn how to time travel in Ottawa with Time Travel...
July 14
Have you ever wanted to time travel? Imagine what it would be like to hop from one century to another and see how people lived long before you were born. Well, if you’re in Ottawa, time travel is definitely possible.Initially launched as a pilot project last July and back this summer, the Time Travel Trail Adventure is the Haunted Walk of Ottawa’s newest walking tour and I can tell you…
Where to Capture Iconic Photos of Ottawa
Where to Capture Iconic Photos of Ottawa
July 6
There is a lot to see and do when visiting Ottawa! As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa offers several national museums, national historic sites and the beautiful green Parliament Hill, which is home to the country’s Federal Government. From great cultural attractions, to vast green spaces, to wonderful natural vistas, this capital city creates the ideal backdrop for any memorable, iconic photo in any season. But with so many beautiful locations, how…
Interesting walking and cycling tours in Ottawa
Interesting walking and cycling tours in Ottawa
May 26
Ottawa, Canada’s charming capital city, is an urban, sophisticated destination that is home to seven National Museums, thriving gourmet culinary and high-end shopping scenes as well as a strong performing arts community. If arts and culture are what you’re after, Ottawa has no shortage of that. And the best part? Most of Ottawa’s greatest attractions are located within a short, 20-minute walk from most downtown area hotels. Also, though Ottawa…
5 Road Signs You’ll Only Find in Ottawa!
5 Road Signs You’ll Only Find in Ottawa!
April 16
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is a unique city that is home to several national museums, historic sites and natural sites that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The city also has a unique way of helping visitors get to some of these sites; with road signs that can only be found in Ottawa! See how some of Ottawa’s most unique attractions are indicated with some very original signage.…
Escape Manor: Ottawa’s Newest Challenge
Escape Manor: Ottawa’s Newest Challenge
February 27
Imagine that you’re locked up on death row and you’re completely innocent. The last day of your existence has come and the clock starts ticking away at the last 45 minutes of your life. Tick… Tock… Your heart beats faster. Your breath gets shorter. The prison guards have gone on break and have left the keys to your cell in sight. All you have to do is get to them…
A Taste of Canadian Maple at Holtz Spa!
A Taste of Canadian Maple at Holtz Spa!
February 13
So you’ve come to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, to experience the delicious Canadian maple season. You’ve visited a traditional sugar shack to enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride and you’ve tasted maple sap in all its delectable forms; syrup, granulated sugar, butter, hard candy and maple taffy on snow. Now, you might be wondering how to kick your maple season experience up a notch? Look no further than Holtz Spa.Located in downtown…
Ottawa Public Art
Ottawa Public Art
December 12
Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is home to the prestigious National Gallery of Canada, which houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art, including Inuit art. Open from Tuesday to Sunday in the colder weather months and daily from May through September, visitors can see iconic Canadian works and special exhibits at “the Gallery,” as it’s locally known. But did you know that beautiful public art can be found throughout Ottawa’s…
Riding in a Vintage WWII-Era Biplane!
Riding in a Vintage WWII-Era Biplane!
November 7
It starts as a small sputter, like the gentle comforting rumble of distant thunder and the 75-year-old propeller starts to move. Then, there is silence. I’m strapped into my seat, cozy with a helmet and goggles on.It’s an early Sunday morning, about 9:00 a.m., and though the crisp fall breeze stings my cheeks, the sun is shining, making the cement tarmac sparkle. He turns the ignition again and the aged…
ByWard Market
ByWard Market
 
For nearly 200 years this rollicking public market has played host to artisans, farmers and craft merchants who converge year-round to sell their specialty items and wares. The downtown ByWard Market, just a short walk from Parliament Hill, also houses numerous cafés and some of the city’s best pubs and restaurants. And when the streetlights turn on, the market becomes one of the spots in Ottawa to grab a late…
Rideau Hall
Rideau Hall
 
Stroll through the largest official residence in the capital. Rideau Hall, home to the Governor General of Canada, keeps its doors open to the public, creating a rare opportunity for visitors to step inside this beautiful mansion. Explore the fabulous heritage gardens, find shade under one of the 10,000 trees on its grounds, and have your camera ready when you come upon the inukshuk, totem pole, and arc of roses…
Parliament Hill
Parliament Hill
 
The centrepiece of Ottawa’s downtown landscape, Parliament Hill is the political and cultural heart of the city. The Parliament Buildings sit atop the Hill, the gorgeous Gothic-style structures overlooking the Ottawa River, as the politicians within debate the present and future issues of the country. Free guided tours are available daily, including a chance to head up to the Peace Tower for an incredible view of the city. During the…