Ottawa Travel Guide
Welcome to Ottawa!
As the capital city, Ottawa plays a significant role in Canada's history, culture and diversity. Its heritage and geographical location account for it being officially bilingual, French and English. Gatineau, just across the Ottawa River in Quebec, is considered Ottawa's sister city. Ottawa's cosmopolitan character is evident in the blend of cultures found at busy Byward Market, teeming with restaurants & bars, shops and pubs. The city's most popular attraction is Parliament Hill and the Federal Parliament Buildings. Many national museums and galleries make their home here, and are in themselves cultural icons. The National Gallery and the Museum of Civilization are among the best known. There are plenty of parks in Ottawa, and the Rideau Canal is well used with 10 km (6 mi) of pathways around it. In the summer, the canal is popular with canoeists, and in the winter, it becomes the world's longest ice rink. Festivals abound throughout the year, including the acclaimed Winterlude celebration in February and the eye-catching Tulip Festival in May.
Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian Museum of History illustrates Canada's history from prehistoric times, through the original Canadians, early settlers and explorers, to the fur traders, and mass immigration to modern times.
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A landmark of history located on beautiful Confederation Boulevard in downtown Ottawa.
Haunted Walks offers a variety of historical walking tours in both Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario.
Current & Upcoming Events [ View All ]
Looking for something to do in Ottawa? Check out these current and upcoming events. If you know of an event that is not listed in the travel guide, please feel free to add an event listing (it's free).
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Oct 27 » Ottawa
- Canada's Ballet Jorgen presents Swan Lake
Oct 28 » Centrepointe Theatre
- Great Pumpkin Charity Ball
Oct 29 » Ottawa
- Ottawa Cat Show
Oct 29 to Oct 30 » Ottawa
- Rockalily Burlesque presents Zombie Strippers Halloween Show
Oct 31 » Babylon
- Painted Land - CPAWS Ottawa Valley Fall Gala
Nov 02 » National Gallery of Canada
- 34th Annual Christmas Craft Show – An Ottawa Tradition
Nov 05 to Nov 06 » Ottawa
- The National Franchise & Business Opportunities Show - Ottawa
Nov 19 to Nov 20 » Ottawa
- The Franchise Expo - Ottawa Fall 2016
Nov 19 to Nov 20 » Ottawa
- The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition
Dec 14 to Dec 15, Dec 17 » Centrepointe Theatre
- Les Tablettistes 2017
Jan 06 » Ottawa
- 2nd International Conference on Nanobiotechnology (ICNB'17)
Apr 05 to Apr 06 » Ottawa