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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…
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…
Ottawa’s Wild Side: Rafting and Paddling
Ottawa’s Wild Side: Rafting and Paddling
June 12
You may not know that Ottawa and its surrounding region has the same status in the whitewater kayaking world as Whistler, in B.C., does for skiing and Hawaii does for surfing! This is because the Ottawa region is surrounded by three of the world’s best whitewater rivers. The “Rocher Fendu” section of the Ottawa River is near Beachburg, Ont., the Gatineau River runs near Maniwaki, Que., and la “Rivière Rouge”…
Fall Rhapsody
Fall Rhapsody
May 22
Autumn is a special time to visit Ottawa, as vibrant fall colours frame the Capital’s national sights, and Fall Rhapsody celebrations and activities attract thousands to nearby Gatineau Park – just a 15-minute drive from Parliament Hill.  An annual event organized by the National Capital Commission (NCC), Fall Rhapsody invites everyone to enjoy over 90 kilometres of trails that run through the Park – on foot or by bike –…
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…
NOKIA Sunday Bikedays
NOKIA Sunday Bikedays
 
Each Sunday from late May to early September, the National Capital Commission (NCC) closes more than 50 kilometres (30 miles) of Ottawa’s scenic parkways to motorists, reserving them for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, joggers and walkers. From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., explore Ottawa’s scenic routes at your own pace without having to worry about traffic. Head out early to cover as much ground as possible or get the family…
Enjoy Spring in Ottawa with these Family Outdoor Activities
Enjoy Spring in Ottawa with these Family Outdoor Activities
April 12
As the snow gently melts away, Ottawa warms up to the wonder, beauty and vitality of spring. As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to shed some of those cozy winter layers and head outside into the sunshine. Ottawa has several activities that lets the whole family take advantage of the warmer springtime weather. Whether you want to see new baby animals or you want to head out to explore…
Winter Activities
Winter Activities
January 15
From rock climbing to outdoor skiing and skating, there are so many ways to enjoy winter in Canada’s capital region. Winterlude: From Feb. 3-20, 2017, Canada’s capital enjoys Winterlude, an annual celebration of winter. A special highlight for children of all ages is SnowFlake Kingdom located in Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau with its collection of huge snow slides. Not to be missed either is the International Ice Carving competition where…
Where to Ice Skate in Ottawa
Where to Ice Skate in Ottawa
January 10
So you’ve come to Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful snowy capital to take in all the joy and pleasures of the Canadian winter season. While you’re visiting, why not start your winter experience with a staple Canadian activity and go ice skating? Whether you’re brand new to the sport of skating or you’re a seasoned expert, Ottawa has a charming ice rink that will delight any level of skater. Head out to…
Skiing in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region!
Skiing in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region!
December 16
From beginner-friendly and challenging cross-country ski trails, to exciting downhill ski centres, the Ottawa-Gatineau region is a skier’s delight once the snow arrives! With vast green spaces and the famous Gatineau Park, located just 20 minutes from the downtown core, Canada’s Capital region has something to offer the speed addict downhill skiers and those who prefer a more leisurely pace on a scenic snow-covered trail. Even the city’s public parks…
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…
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…
Outdoor Family Fall Activities
Outdoor Family Fall Activities
August 15
Though the kids have gone back to school, evenings and weekends still provide ample opportunities for having fun. Why not get the family together and enjoy the crisp, cooler weather? From nature walks among the fallen leaves, to bustling outdoor markets, the Ottawa region has something to entertain you and your little ones all harvest season long!Located just a short 20-minute drive north of downtown Ottawa, Gatineau Park provides the…
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.…
Pedal your way through Prescott-Russell this summer!
Pedal your way through Prescott-Russell this summer!
May 5
Located south of Ottawa’s downtown core, the rural area of Prescott-Russell offers green, open spaces and scenic country roads. If you’re looking to get out of the city and enjoy a quiet, country bike ride on your own or with the family, this is where you want to be. And Prescott-Russell’s summer 2016 season has no shortage of cycling events!See the list below to discover events that will allow you…
Ottawa Ambassadors – Harry Musson
Ottawa Ambassadors – Harry Musson
April 5
Opening 35 years ago, RentABike Harry Musson says, was born when he and his University of Ottawa classmate were cycling together along the scenic Rideau Canal (Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site). “It was after a lecture on Economic History and we were arguing about what we’d heard,” Musson said. “Then he ended the conversation by saying, ‘Would you be interested in getting into the bicycle business?’ and I said,…
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…
Cycling in Ottawa
Cycling in Ottawa
March 15
If you come to Ottawa, make sure to bring your cycling gear. 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.On nice days, cycle along the Ottawa River pathways that make their way past Parliament Hill to the Canadian War Museum and beyond. Or opt to go south and follow…
Be Adventurous in Ottawa!
Be Adventurous in Ottawa!
March 15
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to several national museums as well as broad, priceless collections of cultural marvels. Here, you’ll find everything from priceless artifacts telling the story of Canada’s beginnings to world-class art.But if adventure’s what you’re after, this cosmopolitan city has that too. Discover five experiences in Ottawa that are sure to get your adrenaline going!“The Rock” at Great Canadian Bungee:Located just 20 minutes north of downtown…
Discover The Mer Bleue Bog
Discover The Mer Bleue Bog
March 11
One of the most outstanding features of Ottawa’s expansive and luscious Greenbelt green space is the Mer Bleue Bog.Located towards Ottawa’s east end, this 7,700-year-old bog is host to many rare species and wildlife populations that are normally typical of northern bogs, which explains why it is designated as an internationally significant wetland and one of the most studied bogs in the world!Here, there’s an impressive 3,500-hectare conservation area with…
Hiking In Ottawa
Hiking In Ottawa
March 9
Please click the icon to see more info. If you’re looking to go for a good hike, Ottawa and the surrounding Canada’s Capital Region have many possibilities. From urban, paved pathways to more rugged, untamed terrain, there are scenic paths and trails to satisfy the beginner to the expert hiker. Head out to explore the city and let yourself fall in love with its natural green beauty and charm! Gatineau…
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…
Ottawa: A “Signature” Rafting Destination
Ottawa: A “Signature” Rafting Destination
February 4
If you’re looking to explore the majestic, rolling Ottawa River this spring or summer, there’s no better place to be than the Ottawa region itself.Canada’s beautiful urban capital is home to three whitewater rafting companies; OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River, RiverRun Rafting and Wilderness Tours, which have all recently received the title of “Ontario Signature Experience” from the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC).OTMPC’s Ontario Signature Experiences collection (OSE)…
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…
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…
Ottawa’s Wild Side: Horseback Riding
Ottawa’s Wild Side: Horseback Riding
August 20
If you’re looking for a little equine adventure, Ottawa and its surrounding region has that too. Why not take in the beauty of the upper Ottawa River region on horseback? Here are a few options for you to consider:Horse Country Campground:Located in Foresters Falls, Ont., rafting company Wilderness Tours is also home to the Horse Country Campground. This unique campground is equestrian-friendly, offering campsites with a fire pit and a…
Mountain Biking in Ottawa
Mountain Biking in Ottawa
August 10
Ottawa is home to a recreational pathway network that offers more than 170 kilometres (106 miles) of traffic free pathways for people to ride on during the warmer weather months.It’s easy to ride along these scenic paths to visit many of the city’s attractions as well as the luscious and untamed Gatineau Park. Located at a short 15-minute drive north of Ottawa’s downtown core, Gatineau Park offers an expansive 361-square-kilometres…
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…
Ottawa’s Wild Side: Jump or Fly!
Ottawa’s Wild Side: Jump or Fly!
July 22
Would you jump off “The Rock”? Located just 20 minutes north of downtown Ottawa, Great Canadian Bungee is home to a 61-metre or 200-foot jump site known as “The Rock.” This jumping site is the only place in North America where you can experience a 200-foot drop into a spring-fed lagoon. And the 160-foot rebound from your jump is also higher than the entire bungee height of any other site…
Ottawa’s Wild Side: Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing
Ottawa’s Wild Side: Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing
June 26
Good climbing can be found throughout the year, as Ottawa is close to several world-class rock climbing sites in the nearby Laurentian and Adirondack mountains. In fact, Ottawa has such a thriving climbing community that the city supports three indoor climbing gyms: Altitude Gym (in nearby Gatineau, Que.), Coyote Rock Gym and Vertical Reality. You can get all the practice you need before heading out to explore Ottawa’s scenic rock…
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…
Fishing along the Ottawa River
Fishing along the Ottawa River
April 27
Fishing along the Ottawa River may very well be one of the best kept secrets in Eastern Ontario’s rural tourism industry.  With its murky waters and mix of currents, the Ottawa River is not only a Canadian heritage icon, but a treasure trove of fish species that roam around its depths.  From musky to pike to the 4-foot gar, experts and amateurs alike are always looking for that elusive “big…
Outdoor Activity Only Found In Ottawa
Outdoor Activity Only Found In Ottawa
December 12
If you’re coming to Ottawa, why not spend your time doing things that you cannot do anywhere else? Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is located on the majestic Ottawa River, on the border of the provinces of Ontario and Québec. Due to its geographic location, Ottawa is an urban city characterized by beautiful waterways and green spaces, offering unique sporting activities for visitors of all ages and experience levels. Whether you visit…
VIP-Style Adventure in Gatineau Park
VIP-Style Adventure in Gatineau Park
December 12
If you’re looking to explore the beautiful and expansive Gatineau Park, but you aren’t sure where to start, you should give Tours Expédition Ottawa a call.This locally-owned two-person company launched just this July, offering custom, VIP-style visits of Gatineau Park, which provides 361-square kilometres (90,000 acres) of open Canadian wilderness. Whether you’re looking to go hiking, canoeing, cycling or cross-country skiing, Tours Expédition’s expert guide Paul Proulx can help you…
Adrenaline-Packed Whitewater Adventure!
Adrenaline-Packed Whitewater Adventure!
November 6
The Ottawa River is one of the world’s premier whitewater rafting destinations. With put-ins and luxury outdoor resorts located about an hour west of Ottawa’s downtown core, you have the option to camp out and “rough it,” or to stay warm and dry in a cozy cedar wood cabin. The river is conveniently located, offering gentle family-friendly and high adrenaline adventures. Whether you’re after whitewater rafting or the more extreme…