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.
Featuring Canadian art, Photography, Inuit art, European art and more.
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With a commanding presence in Canada's Capital, Ottawa's Fairmont Chateau Laurier is located in the heart of this dynamic city.
Learn about Canada's First Nations cultures through a celebration of activities and displays that take place in a native village on Victoria Island in downtown Ottawa.
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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Aug 25 » Ottawa
- Ta Da! Festival 2016
Sep 09 to Sep 11 » Ottawa
- Talk Is Free Theatre Presents The Music Man
Sep 14 to Oct 02 » TD Ontario Productions
- Arts and Craft Crawl - Whiskey Edition
Sep 17 » Bronson Centre Theatre
- The Study and Go Abroad Fair - Ottawa Fall 2016
Sep 29 » Ottawa
- The National Women's Show Ottawa Fall 2016
Oct 22 to Oct 23 » Ottawa
- Canada's Ballet Jorgen presents Swan Lake
Oct 28 » Centrepointe Theatre
- 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