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Fun Things to Do in Ottawa

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In & Around Ottawa

Byward Market

Ottawa CanalRideau Canal Skateway

Parliament of Canada

Gatineau Park

The Diefenbunker

Royal Canadian Mint

 

Museums

Bank of Canada/Currency Museum

Canada Agriculture Museum

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian War Museum

Canada Aviation Museum

Canada Science & Technology Museum

Ottawa Theatres & ConcertsNational Gallery of Canada

 

Theatres & Concerts

Canadian Tire Centre

Capital Tickets

National Arts Centre

Centrepointe Theatre

The Great Canadian Theatre Company

Orpheus Theatre

Ottawa Little Theatre

Odyssey Theatre

Kanata Theatre

 

Sports

Ottawa Senators NHL Hockey

Ottawa 67'S OHL Hockey

Ottawa RedBlacks

Ottawa Annual Tourist Attractions

Ottawa in Autumn

Ottawa Tourist AttractionsGatineau Park: the brilliantly coloured fall leaves are absolutely breathtaking.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival: hundreds of hot air balloons fill the sky each Labour Day Weekend.

Remembrance Day Ceremonies: at the National War Memorial on November 11th

Canadian War Museum: be sure to visit especially around Remembrance Day.

ByWard Market: One of Canada's oldest and largest public markets.

Ottawa Wine and Food Show: an annual favourite in early November.

Parliament Buildings: touring the Hill is interesting any time of year.

 

Ottawa in Winter

Christmas Lights Across Canada: dazzling light display on Parliament Hill and downtown from early December through early January.

Bell Capital Cup: The world's largest minor hockey tournament. Over 8000 atom and peewee players take to the ice right after Christmas.

Ottawa Senators: Exciting National Hockey League action at Scotiabank Place.

Rideau Canal Skateway: The world's largest naturally frozen skating rink – open daily, weather permitting, through late February or early March.

Winterlude: The first 3 weekends of February, with ice & snow sculptures, a giant snow playground, skating& more!

Taste of Winterlude: late January through late February, as the Capital's best restaurants create special menus to entice local residents to dine out.

 

Ottawa in Spring

Ottawa in SpringOttawa International Writers Festival: late April through early May, featuring top writers and thinkers from the world over.

Canadian Tulip Festival: tulips – millions of them – along with entertainment, ideas and fun in May.

Ottawa Race Weekend: over 30,000 participants take to the streets for Canada's largest marathon and shorter races, the 3rd weekend in May

Ottawa International Children's Festival in late May – music, performing arts and fun for families.

Franco Ontarian Festival: celebrate French culture in Ontario in mid-June.

Canada Dance Festival: a pan-Canadian, cross-cultural gathering of dance artists at the National Arts Centre and other venues.

 

Ottawa in Summer

Changing the Guard on Parliament Hill: pomp and pageantry, mornings from late June til late August

Sound and Light Show: projected nightly onto the Parliament Buildings in the summer.

Canada Day: the country's annual birthday bash on July 1. Descend on Parliament Hill for fun, food, entertainment and fireworks.

Summer Music Festivals: the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and more – all featuring big name acts and performers from around the world.

ByWard Market: Shop, explore and dine at one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets.

Sound of Light Fireworks Competition: Fireworks experts from around the world compete for top honours.

Dominion Arboretum & Ornamental Gardens: at the Central Experimental farm. Canada's oldest arboretum with 10,000 kinds of plants, trees and flowers.