COVID-19 Update

Ottawa Tourism’s top priority is the health and safety of our community and our visitors, and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the region. While Ottawa is in the reopening stages of COVID-19, our website may not reflect current offerings. Please contact each business or entity directly before making plans.

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Together again in Ottawa #Invite2

Together again in Ottawa

Can’t wait to see friends and family? Neither can we! Help us get the tourism industry in Ottawa back on track by inviting loved ones to reunite together in Canada’s capital. Don’t know where to start? Enter our contest for your chance to win an Ottawa getaway prize for out-of-town guests or show your support this Pledge Week, August 3-8, 2021, by sharing our pledge badges with the #Invite2 hashtag on social media.

Why are visitors important?

Ottawa’s third most important industry—tourism—has been the hardest-hit by the pandemic and will take the longest to recover. In fact, the city suffered a combined $2.8 billion loss in visitor spending in 2020 and 2021.

Invite to win

The good news is, locals and visitors can work together to get things back on track! If every household in Canada’s capital region invited 2 out-of-town guests for a 3-day visit, it would pump half a billion dollars into our visitor economy. It’s an attainable goal that we can all contribute to. And to get started, we’re giving away a getaway to Ottawa for two out-of-town guests!

What fun things can we do?

Between the walkable downtown core, welcoming neighbourhoods and charming countryside, the Ottawa region is a vibrant and relaxing getaway destination. Plus, there are new and exciting things to try, including the Interzip Rogers zipline over the Ottawa River (linking Ontario and Quebec), a pipe mountain coaster, an immersive Van Gogh experience, as well as new shops, restaurants, breweries and distilleries—all with inviting patios. Classic favourites like museums, tours, cycling, water sports and green spaces are better than ever with expanded offerings. Allow us to inspire you on ways to safely reconnect and make memories with family and friends in urban and rural Ottawa.

Summer Incentive Campaign
Let us pay you a visit
Get up to $200 in value towards Ottawa attractions, tours and restaurants when you book a 2-night getaway or staycation this summer in Canada’s capital!
Canada cookie, Parliament, Ottawa River in the background
Family fun in Ottawa: a summer 2021 itinerary
Make unforgettable memories with the kids by trying new exciting experiences and great classics during a staycation or getaway in Ottawa this summer.
Paddle Boarding on the Ottawa River
Outdoor activities in Ottawa: a summer 2021 itinerary
Between high-adrenaline adventures and leisurely-paced experiences, you can spend your entire summer getaway or staycation outdoors in Canada’s capital.
Cumberland Heritage Museum
Discover summer in Cumberland
Jump in the car heading east and don’t stop until you’re in the charming, historic streets of Cumberland, just 20 minutes from Ottawa.
Morris Island
Visit West Carleton-March this summer
It’s time for a change of scenery, take a day trip out to visit the West Carleton-March neighbourhoods, just 35 minutes west of Ottawa!
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm
A summer getaway to Osgoode, Metcalfe, and Greely
Plan your next weekend getaway to Ottawa’s rural communities, starting with Osgoode, just 30 minutes south of Ottawa!
Mimis Donuts
Explore Rideau-Goulbourn this summer
Here are some reasons to road trip to the charming Rideau-Goulbourn neighbourhoods, just 30 minutes south of Ottawa!

Enter to win a trip for your out-of-town guests

Ottawa and Gatineau-area residents can fill out the form below to enter our Invite to Win contest for a chance to win an Ottawa getaway for two out-of-town guests! Prize includes:

  • A 2-night stay at an Ottawa hotel for up to 4 people
  • $200 CAD spending money per person for the winner and their guests

The total prize has an approximate retail value of $1,300 CAD! See rules and regulations for more details.

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