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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…
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of History
 
Gorgeous architecture and world-renowned exhibitions convene to create Canada’s most-visited museum. Located on the banks of the Ottawa River — with a stunning view of Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, and downtown Ottawa — the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) provides detailed insight into 20,000 years of human history. Let your eyes wander high into the sky as you take in the world’s…
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…
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
 
Experience the country in the heart of the city. Ottawa is the only world capital with a working farm at its heart, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in its agricultural heritage. Meet Jules and Yanni, the resident alpacas; learn everything there is about beef cattle, chickens, dairy breeds, goats, sheep, and more; and watch the milking of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum’s dairy cows, which happens twice…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
 
Hockey March 10 – October 9, 2017 Canadian Museum of History For millions of Canadians, winter means hockey and hockey means everything. Be there when the puck drops on Hockey. Watch historic highlight reels. Get close to the greats with one-of-a-kind artifacts. Share your passion with interactive components. Find out why hockey holds pride of place in the hearts of Canadians. An exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History…
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…
Discover Aboriginal Culture in Ottawa
Discover Aboriginal Culture in Ottawa
July 6
Long before French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovered what is now Ottawa in the early 1600’s, the region was inhabited by different Aboriginal tribes. These tribes, who were Huron, Algonquin, Cree and Ojibwe to name a few, were the region’s first residents, often teaching early settlers necessary skills such as how to navigate the mighty Ottawa River, survive the region’s frigid winter season and how to enjoy the sugary delicacy…
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…
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,…
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,…
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…
Canada’s National Museums Passport
Canada’s National Museums Passport
April 7
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…
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…
Canada 150 Kick Off – Dec. 31, 2016
Canada 150 Kick Off – Dec. 31, 2016
December 6
If there’s one place you want to be this New Year’s Eve, it’s Ottawa! Taking place on the historic Parliament Hill, the Canada 150 Kick Off will usher in 2017 and kick off celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary year all across the country. Get ready to celebrate all night! And the best part? This major event is free. Please avoid driving into the downtown core on New Years Eve. Due…
Find Unique Treasures from the Yukon and the N.W.T. in...
Find Unique Treasures from the Yukon and the N.W.T. in...
December 2
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many objects that come from across the country; from British Columbia to Ontario, to Nova Scotia and beyond. In many ways, Ottawa is where all points of Canada meet. So if you’re a Canadian and you’re looking for a connection to your home province or territory in Ottawa, chances are that you’ll find it. And particularly, if you’re from the Yukon or the…
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…
Improved Science & Tech Museum Opening November 2017
Improved Science & Tech Museum Opening November 2017
November 14
Having closed in 2014 for a massive renovation, the new structure of the Canada Science and Technology Museum is 85 per cent complete, the museum says.On a special media tour of the museum’s construction site in early November, Fernand Proulx, the museum’s Chief Operating Officer, told journalists that exhibits and artifacts would start being placed in the new building in March; eight months ahead of the museum’s scheduled reopening in…
Find Pieces of N.B. and P.E.I. in Ottawa
Find Pieces of N.B. and P.E.I. in Ottawa
October 31
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, to Nunavut 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 or territory in Ottawa, chances are that you’ll find it. In this case however, if…
‘Reptiles’ Brings Beautiful Deadly Creatures to Ottawa
‘Reptiles’ Brings Beautiful Deadly Creatures to Ottawa
October 11
Reptiles – Beautiful and Deadly is the Canadian Museum of Nature’s newest special exhibit, having opened on Oct. 7, 2016. And trust us, you don’t want to miss it!This special exhibit, which runs until April 8, 2017, lets adults and little ones get close to some of the world’s most venomous snakes and beautiful reptiles, from a safe distance of course. In most cases, you’ll be glad that aquarium glass…
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!…
Discover Special Links to Quebec in Ottawa
Discover Special Links to Quebec in Ottawa
July 29
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 Quebec, you’re in luck!…
Bytown Museum: Where Ottawa’s story is told
Bytown Museum: Where Ottawa’s story is told
July 21
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many national museums that house some of the country’s best art and most priceless artifacts, which all recount years upon years of important Canadian history. But with so many Canadian treasures on display, you might wonder where Ottawa’s own history lies? There is no better place to learn about how Ottawa came to be than at the Bytown Museum, which possesses a collection of…
Ultimate Dinosaurs offers giant one-of-a-kind dinos for all
Ultimate Dinosaurs offers giant one-of-a-kind dinos for all
July 4
Did you know that fossilized footprints and not bones are the earliest evidence of dinosaurs and their relatives? This is only one of the many amazing facts you’ll learn at the Canadian Museum of Nature’s new Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit this summer!According to the special exhibit, which is running until Sept. 5, 2016, paleontologists working in Poland discovered 250 million-year-old tracks made by a “dinosaurmorph;” a group of animals that is…
Find Pieces of Newfoundland and Labrador in Ottawa!
Find Pieces of Newfoundland and Labrador in Ottawa!
June 27
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 Canada 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 Newfoundland and Labrador, you’re in…
Horse Power: Exhibit presents unique piece of Canadian heritage
Horse Power: Exhibit presents unique piece of Canadian heritage
June 21
If you haven’t had time to see Horse Power – The Paul Bienvenu Carriage Collection exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History, you’ll want to add it to your summer ‘To Do’ list. This charming little exhibit, which features 18 impressive and beautifully restored horse-drawn carriages from Paul Bienvenu’s private collection, highlights an interesting piece of Canadian heritage. Did you know that from about 1770 to 1950, Quebec’s carriage makers…
Discover links to British Columbia in Ottawa!
Discover links to British Columbia in Ottawa!
May 18
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many objects and artifacts that come from across the country; from the maritime provinces to the Canadian Rockies. In many ways, Ottawa is where all points of Canada 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 British Columbia, you’re in luck! British…
Discover Pieces of Manitoba in Ottawa!
Discover Pieces of Manitoba in Ottawa!
April 19
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 Manitoba, you’re in luck!…
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…
Finding unique Ontario treasures in Ottawa
Finding unique Ontario treasures in Ottawa
March 21
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many objects and artifacts that come from all 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 looking for a connection to your home province in Ottawa, chances are that you’ll find it. And particularly, if you’re from somewhere in Ontario, you’re in…
Royal Canadian Mint
Royal Canadian Mint
 
Located at 320 Sussex Drive, in Ottawa’s downtown core, the Royal Canadian Mint has been in operation since 1908. Here, you’ll learn about how Canadian coins are made. On a tour, you can see more than one million dollars’ worth of pure gold and you can even hold a solid gold bar in your hands. If you visit the Mint on a weekday, you can actually see Canadian coins being…
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…
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…
Finding Nova Scotia, Canada’s ocean playground, in Ottawa
Finding Nova Scotia, Canada’s ocean playground, in Ottawa
February 22
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many objects and artifacts that come from all 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 looking for a connection to your home province in Ottawa, chances are that you’ll find it. And particularly, if you’re from Nova Scotia, you’re in luck!…
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…
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…
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.…
Ontario Signature Experiences
Ontario Signature Experiences
January 14
From exciting outdoor adventure, to priceless national treasures, to uniquely Canadian experiences and festivals, to fabulous fine dining, Canada’s Capital is home to several unique “Signature Experiences,” which are designated by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) and the Destination Canada. The Ontario Signature Experiences collection (OSE) aims to showcase the best as well as the most unique tourism experiences in the entire province. These are once-in-a-lifetime adventures that…
Retrace Ottawa’s Francophone Roots at Vanier Museopark
Retrace Ottawa’s Francophone Roots at Vanier Museopark
December 16
If you’re looking to know more about Ottawa’s surrounding areas and the different, vibrant communities that call them home, the Vanier Museopark is worth a stop.Located at 300 des Pères-Blancs Avenue, just a five-minute drive from downtown Ottawa in the city’s Vanier neighbourhood, this small local museum offers free admission and recounts the story of the area’s earliest Aboriginal residents, European settlers, as well as the history of its thriving…
Watson’s Mill: An Important Piece of Rural History
Watson’s Mill: An Important Piece of Rural History
December 16
If you’re looking to see some of Ottawa’s surrounding areas, head to the historic village of Manotick in the city’s south end. Just a 30-minute drive from Ottawa’s busy downtown core, this charming town is located on the scenic banks of the flowing Rideau River and is home to a plethora of great restaurants, high-end boutiques and a unique grist and flour mill known locally as Watson’s Mill.Established in 1860,…
What to see at Canada Aviation and Space Museum!
What to see at Canada Aviation and Space Museum!
November 7
If you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle of Ottawa’s downtown core, take a short drive east of the city towards national treasures and wonderful adventure at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum!This expansive, hangar-like building is home to the most extensive aviation collection in the country, counting 86 fixed wing and three rotary wing aircraft. From the humble beginnings of flight to the sophisticated aerospace industry we know…
National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of Canada
 
Arachnophobics rejoice, the 30-foot spider outside of the National Gallery of Canada is not real! Maman, the sculpture created by Louise Bourgeois, complete with 26 white marble eggs under its belly, welcomes you to the National Gallery of Canada. Once inside the Gallery, you’ll discover one of the greatest art institutions in the world. It’s home to more than 40,000 works of art (by over 6,000 artists), home to the…
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian Museum of Nature
 
This building once served as the emergency headquarters for the Canadian government after a fire destroyed the Parliament Buildings in 1916, and former Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier lay in state here. Yes, the castle-esque Victoria Memorial Building has had a lively existence, and today the excitement continues as it serves as the home of the Canadian Museum of Nature. The recently renovated Museum, transforming it into one of the…
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
 
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum places the wonder of flight into your hands. Under its hangar-esque roof, the Museum holds approximately 130 military and civilian aircraft; the finest collection in the country and one of the most comprehensive in the world. Uncover the development of the flying machine, its role in conflicts, and its overall significance. Once you’ve learned it all, jump into the Redbird to feel the rush…
Canadian War Museum
Canadian War Museum
 
The first thing you’ll notice as you drive toward the Canadian War Museum, on the western edge of downtown Ottawa beside the Ottawa River, is the building itself. Its magnificent design — with its low-lying body that suddenly sweeps upward to create a peak that reaches 80 feet into the air — speaks to the theme of regeneration. Inside you’ll find incredible exhibitions that reveal Canada’s involvement in conflicts from…