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Ottawa Insider Blog

Ottawa Insider is a growing collection of articles about all things Ottawa–written by people who live and work here and by visitors. You’ll find lots about the big annual events, landmark sites and national attractions for which Canada’s Capital is best known. But you’ll also find interesting insights into the more eclectic and off-the-beaten-path things to see and do, local attractions, Ottawa neighbourhoods, shopping, dining and more!

Check out the official blog of Ottawa Tourism to learn what’s new, what’s happening and what’s coming up in Canada’s capital.

Diefenbunker Museum
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! Visit this page each week for highlights of what’s going on in Canada’s capital.
Patio, Lansdowne, Glebe
Ottawa patios open for business
Summer is patio time in Canada’s capital! Many of the region’s bars and restaurants have opened (or even extended) their outdoor areas, with physical distancing in effect. We’ve gathered some of the open patios throughout Ottawa’s vibrant neighbourhoods where you can enjoy a pint, a cocktail or a snack outdoors.
Tavern on the Falls
Ottawa’s best patios
As soon as the weather warms up in Ottawa, patios fill up all over town. Many of the most popular are conveniently located within walking distance…
Rideau Canal Ottawa Locks
Ottawa Virtual Tours, Exhibitions, Activities and Performances
Lean in and be educated, or sit back and be entertained, with virtual tours and performances from Ottawa, a city packed with museums and artistic…
Majors Hill Park Fun
Picnicking in the Ottawa area
Picnics are a fun and easy way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, and there are new options to try in the Ottawa area! From nibbling on a pre-made…
Canada Day, Canadian flag
Canada Day 2020: A virtual celebration
Each year on July 1, the biggest family-friendly Canada Day party in the country takes place in Canada’s capital, but this year, we’re celebrating…
#MyOttawa Pass
Exclusive discounts for Ottawa residents
Plan your own staycation getaway and take advantage of exclusive deals with the free #MyOttawa Pass! Save while having fun and supporting local businesses in Canada’s capital.
ice cream
Best ice cream (and other frozen treats) in Ottawa
Indulgent ice cream. Gourmet gelato. Sweet sorbet. Smooth soft serve. Frosty frozen yogurt. Canada’s Capital is a hotbed of delicious and inventive…
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market
Ottawa COVID-19 staycation: Things to do in Phase 2
What’s a summer vacation without patios, beauty treatments (including haircuts), shopping and outdoor fun? You can now add these and other options to…

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