Parliament, Ottawa, River, Night

Evening activity ideas for groups and FIT in Ottawa

Canada’s capital city has unique attractions for people of all ages in the late afternoons, evenings and well into the night. There’s also a number of bars, pubs and nightclubs in Ottawa’s central neighbourhoods.


Funhaven is a family-owned amusement centre in Ottawa. The space boasts arcade games, laser tag, bumper cars and Ottawa’s only roller coaster! Whether it's a corporate event or special celebration, Funhaven is the ultimate destination for lifelong memories. Discover the thrill and joy at Funhaven!

Rideau Carleton Casino

With gaming, dining, live musical entertainment and a racetrack, Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock Casino Ottawa knows how to entertain! It's home to unparalleled gaming, offering more than 1,200 slot machines, live table games and electronic table games, such as Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and more.

The casino also features a VIP High Limit Gaming area. Open 24/7, 365 Days a Year. Wheelchair Accessible. Free Parking. Must be 19+.

National Arts Centre

Experience a truly unforgettable evening at the National Arts Centre!

With a dazzling array of over 600 performances across four stages each year, there's something for every artistic taste — from dance to theatre, music and more!

Elevate your night by indulging in a sumptuous dining experience at 1 Elgin Restaurant before the show, adding an extra layer of culinary delight to your cultural adventure.

Canadian Museum of Nature

Enjoy Canada’s nature — all under one roof — at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Located in a charming turreted "castle" just minutes away from Parliament Hill, the museum offers plenty of captivating permanent galleries. The exhibits showcase diverse subjects, including mammals, rocks and minerals, oceans and freshwater, birds, Canada’s Arctic, fossils and live sea creatures in the new saltwater tide-pool touch tank.

Known by many locals as “the dinosaur museum,” the Fossil Gallery features jaw-dropping life-size models including Edmontosaurus, the first dinosaur to be publicly displayed in Canada. For the complete schedule of hours of operation, exhibits, events and more, please visit

Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum is open until 7 p.m. every Thursday all year-round. The museum focuses on military conflicts that occurred on Canadian soil, involved Canadian forces or had a significant effect on the country and its people.


Through stunning larger-than-life images, CINÉ+ takes you on an exciting journey through culture and history via a wide array of enlightening documentary films. The films on the schedule are included in your Museum experience.

Lady Dive Tours

Tour Canada’s capital region by land and water! Lady Dive Tours specializes in bilingual guided tours of the National capital region of Canada on both land and water. They offer tours from May 1 to October 31, with evening tours offered from the end of June to early September. This one-hour tour of stories, legends and anecdotes about the beautiful city of Ottawa lets you sample the nighttime city life and view over 75 key sites.

Gray Line

Enjoy a bilingual Gray Line guided city tour of the Ottawa-Gatineau region on an open top double decker bus. This informative and entertaining tour has 12 strategically located stops and sees over 75 sites throughout the city. The tour has a guide on board along with multilingual audio to provide an instructive and fun experience.

The Double Decker tour doesn’t need to be used in a hop on and hop off fashion, it’s also a great experience on its own. This is the perfect tour for travellers who would like to see as much as possible within a limited amount of time. The tours run from late April/beginning of May to October 31. Evening tours run nightly from June to the beginning of September.

Paul’s Boat Line

Experience the enchanting beauty of the National capital region like never before on Paul’s Boat Line 1.5-hour Ottawa River Cruise. Departing daily from Hull Marina in Jacques Cartier Park and Ottawa Dock, this unforgettable journey will take you on a breathtaking adventure that has been the best way to explore the region since 1936.

Feel the cool breeze on your face as you relax on the spacious upper deck, sipping a refreshing drink and gazing at the magnificent view of the city. Get ready to be mesmerized by the stunning scenery as you sail along the sparkling waters of the Ottawa River.

Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Tire Centre

The Ottawa Senators are Ottawa’s National Hockey League (NHL) franchise. The Sens play 41 regular season (mostly evening) games at Canadian Tire Centre every September to April. Tickets for individual games are available through You can also check the schedule at Canadian Tire Centre, as this first-class entertainment arena also hosts rock concerts, family entertainment and other great events.

Camp Fortune

Only 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Camp Fortune offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities all year long. In the summer months, team building activities include mountain biking, hiking, a pipe coaster, an all-ages aerial park and a brand-new peak-to-peak zip line. In the winter, you can hit the slopes for skiing or snowboarding daily until 9 p.m.

Check out the lounge for apres-ski drinks and food seven nights a week or host a private function complete with delicious catering in the beautiful event space, year-round.

Totally Legit Productions/ Oh Canada Eh!

The two-hour Oh Canada Eh! show features all-Canadian music from Maritime folk songs to modern pop. Be serenaded by the singing Mountie, hockey player, Anne of Green Gables, Klondike Kitty and many other special guests.

This high-energy, family-friendly production features over 70 songs from Canadian artists including Paul Anka, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, the Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and many more.

While you’re taking in the show, you’ll be served by the performers. Sink your teeth into a famous all-Canadian meal. Where else are you served your dinner by a singing Mountie?

ByWard Market

This historically rich neighbourhood will keep you busy, even in the evening! The ByWard Market is a vibrant place where animation happens all year round. This is a great area to walk and appreciate the heritage of Canada’s Capital. You can find plenty of small and unique businesses like restaurants, art galleries, retailers and Ottawa’s oldest outdoor public markets just to name a few. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the authenticity of this city!

Parkdale Public Market

Parkdale Public Market, Ottawa’s second oldest outdoor public market enlivens the area year-round! From June to August, you can expect an exceptionally unique night market happening every week from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the colder months of September until December, the night market occurs monthly. These night markets bring together music, food and local vendors — the recipe for a good time!

TD Place at Landsdowne

Located just minutes south of Ottawa’s downtown core in the Glebe, TD Place is the city’s premium event venue in Lansdowne Park. Catch a concert or comedy show with a big act or a hockey game in The Arena, home to the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s.

In the summer months, The Stadium at TD Place is home to the Ottawa REDBLACKS, part of the Canadian Football League (CFL). TD Place is also home to two tenant teams, the Ottawa BlackJacks, part of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), and Atlético Ottawa, part of the Canadian Premier League (CPL). On top of sports and entertainment, Lansdowne is home to a wide variety of businesses like restaurants, salons, dessert shops and shopping!

Casino du Lac-Leamy

At Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, guests can relax, eat, drink and play — all under one roof.

Start your day off with a moment of sublime relaxation at the spa or in the heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Then enjoy a fun night out at the casino with its wide range of games, bars, live shows, Aléa nightclub and theatre.

For an aperitif or after-dinner drink, stop by the Bacchus bar and cigar lounge. Watch as Bar 7 comes alive to the sounds of its live bands and DJs who’ll have you dancing into the wee hours of the morning. Hungry? Treat yourself to a delicious meal at Arôme, the casino’s seafood and grill restaurant, or Banco Bistro.

To be admitted to the casino, guests must be 18 or older.

St. Laurent Shopping Centre

Located just off the 417 highway and minutes from Downtown Ottawa, St. Laurent Shopping Centre is the perfect place to fulfill all your shopping needs. With over 180 stores and services, including a cinema, you'll never run out of options. The St. Laurent Food Court is a hidden gem for foodies, offering a diverse range of cuisines, from Japanese pancakes to Indian curry. Free parking and easy access to public transportation, including a Light Rail Train (O-Train), make the shopping experience even more enjoyable.

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