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Ottawa Tourism's official blog is the perfect resource to stay updated on what’s new, what’s happening and what’s coming up in Canada’s capital.

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Paddle Boarding on the Ottawa River
Paddling paradise - flatwater fun in Ottawa
From May to October, Canada’s Capital is a water-lover’s dream. Whether you want to try canoeing, kayaking or standup paddleboarding for the first…
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.

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Indigenous Experiences
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!
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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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: 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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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!
Canada Day
Canada Day 2022 official programming highlights in Ottawa
Find out about new locations, programming highlights, concert lineups and fireworks being planned for the official 2022 Canada Day free celebrations.

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Atlético Ottawa, TD Place
Five ways to celebrate dads in Ottawa
Treat a deserving father figure to memorable sports events, adventures and other experiences in the Ottawa region around Father’s Day—or any day!
Tavern on the Falls
Great patios by Ottawa neighbourhood
Looking for the ultimate patio spot in Ottawa? Check out some of the best restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs with outdoor spaces, by neighbourhood.

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Rideau Canal Ottawa Locks
Best ways to experience the Rideau Canal in Ottawa
Did you know a UNESCO World Heritage Site winds its way through the urban core of Canada’s capital? Find out how you can explore the Rideau Canal!
1 Elgin restaurant, National Arts Centre
Where to eat along the Rideau Canal in the Ottawa area
The Rideau Canal – one of Ottawa’s most popular attractions – is the perfect setting for memorable dining experiences throughout the year. Within the…

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ice cream
Best ice cream (and other frozen treats) in Ottawa
Looking for a cool treat on a hot summer day or year round? Check out some of the best ice cream (and delicious alternatives) that are made with love in Ottawa.
Rideau Hall
Royal visits in Ottawa in May 2022
Ottawa is welcoming two royal visits this May! Find out about their appearances and learn about Ottawa sites with royal connections.

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Tulips at Major's Hill Park Tulips, Parliament building in the background
Different ways to experience beautiful tulips in Ottawa
Walk, bike, bus, fly and cruise your way to dazzling tulip displays in the Ottawa region this May, including the Canadian Tulip Festival site and more.

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