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What’s happening in the Ottawa area

Looking for fun activities in the Ottawa area? Check out these options over the next seven days, starting on Thursday, January 27. Be sure to verify details with the organizers as plans can change at any time and reference Ottawa Public Health and the Government of Ontario for the latest public health advisories and restrictions.

  • The Rideau Canal Skateway is now open for skaters, with 7.8 kilometres of open ice! Check conditions before visiting, don’t forget your mask, and be sure to grab a BeaverTail. FREE!
  • February marks Black History Month – check out the events, including a Claiming Our Space Virtual Celebration on Saturday, January 29, offered by Black History Ottawa. FREE!
  • Get outside and have fun with the Snow Angel Challenge this February! The Snowsuit Fund hosts this virtual fundraiser which encourages people to make snow angels, share on social media, and raise funds along the way.
  • Grab your skates and consult Ottawa Tourism’s list of the best ice skating experiences in Ottawa to learn about all the great rinks and skating trails in the area. Some are FREE!
  • Check out all the great ways to experience winter in Gatineau Park, from trails to snow biking to winter camping and more!
  • Museums can reopen following the loosening of provincial restrictions on Monday, January 31 – check hours and opening dates online and read up on what’s on at museums in Ottawa to choose one to visit!
  • Restaurants can also reopen for in-person dining as of Monday, January 31 – show your local favourites some love by dropping in for a bite or continuing to order out and pick up!
  • There are lots of must-try local fun virtual social events in Ottawa from cooking to trivia to online experiences and more!

Ottawa Tourism is conducting a survey about living, working, and playing in Ottawa to better understand the community experience and identify how we can protect, improve, and enhance Ottawa’s long-term quality of life and economic prosperity through tourism – please complete and share your input!

Find out more great activities to do in and around Ottawa on the Ottawa Insider Blog!

All details provided for the above events are subject to change at the discretion of event organizers. Ottawa Tourism does not take responsibility for changes which may occur beyond our control.

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