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Capital Pride
LGBTQ2S+ in Ottawa
Ottawa is an inclusive and diverse destination that welcomes all visitors with open arms. The city’s walkable and vibrant downtown offers easy access…
Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light
What’s happening in the Ottawa area
Check out some of the fun events and activities taking place in the Ottawa region this week, including the weekend!

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Canadian Museum of History
What’s on at museums in Ottawa
Planning to visit Ottawa’s many fascinating museums? Get all the info you need, including hours, ticket access, programming and other practical details.
ByWard Market Square
Best places to photograph this summer in Ottawa
Looking to capture amazing photos in Ottawa this summer? Discover top spots including historic sites, architectural gems, natural wonders and more.

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Rideau Falls
Top hidden gems to photograph in Ottawa
There’s no shortage of stunning photo ops in Ottawa with its striking skyline, architectural appeal, charming neighbourhoods, and abundance of natural…
Mooney’s Bay Beach
Swim and sunbathe at Ottawa’s sandy beaches
Looking to have fun or relax at a beautiful sandy beach? Visit the four public beaches in Canada’s capital to play, barbecue, picnic, sunbathe and more!

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Byward Market view from the Andaz Hotel Cooper, Spirits and Sights
Where to watch sunsets in Ottawa
Find the perfect spot in Canada’s capital to watch some of the country’s best sunsets: picturesque waterways, urban patios, hidden locations, and more.
Banksy 360°
Immersive art experiences this summer in Ottawa
Step into the worlds of artists Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Banksy, at three giant, immersive art exhibits this summer in Ottawa!

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Unofficial Museums: Croffle
Unofficial Museums - Culinary inspiration in Ottawa
From croffles and Korean corn dogs, to a scotch lounge and night market, discover some of the must-try foodie spots that make Ottawa a delicious destination.
Paddle Boarding on the Ottawa River
Paddling paradise - flatwater fun in Ottawa
Looking for perfect paddling options this summer in Ottawa? Check out rentals, lessons and access points on the many waterways in the region.

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OWL Rafting
Epic whitewater adventures on the Ottawa River
Get your whitewater fix—a gentle splash or world-class high adventure—by rafting, tubing and kayaking within the city or in Ottawa’s nearby countryside.
Unofficial Museums: Nature
Unofficial Museums - Nature inspiration in Ottawa
Connect with nature in unexpected ways with outdoor options that will leave you truly relaxed or delirious with adrenaline in the Ottawa region.

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Unofficial Museums: Festivals
Unofficial Museums - Entertainment inspiration in Ottawa
Discover unexpected venues, events and happenings that will entertain you throughout the year and throughout the region in Ottawa.
Unofficial Museums: Books
Unofficial Museums – Art inspiration in Ottawa
Discover Ottawa’s unique and vibrant creative side through cultural events, urban art and special places around every corner.

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa’s summer music festivals
See big name music stars or up and coming talent at world-class festivals, free events and local happenings during Ottawa’s warm seasons!
Canoeing Rideau Canal
Five must-see sites in Ottawa
Looking for the top five must-see sites in Ottawa? Discover some of the city’s most photogenic, fun, delicious and meaningful locations and experiences.

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Sunset Ceremony at the RCMP Stables
Canada Day long weekend fun in Ottawa
Go beyond Canada Day celebrations in 2022 with a long weekend full of events such as a heritage fair, performances, pro sports and festivals in Ottawa!

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