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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.

Capital Pride
LGBTQ2S+ in Canada’s capital
Ottawa is an inclusive and diverse destination that welcomes all visitors, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer…
Major's Hill Park, Summer
Ottawa COVID-19 staycation: Things to do in Phase 1
Whether you’re single, a couple or a larger family, why not plan a staycation in Ottawa during COVID-19? Playing tourist in your own city is a great…
Library of Parliament in Spring
Explore Ottawa’s Gardens
While the Canadian Tulip Festival takes place throughout Ottawa in May, there is no shortage of permanent vistas open to the public later in the…
Pow Wow-Canadian Museum of History, Indigenous culture in Ottawa
Discover Indigenous culture in Ottawa
Long before French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived in what is now Ottawa in the early 1600’s, local Indigenous Peoples had already mastered vital…
Canadian Tulip Festival - cycling
Deep historical roots: the Canadian Tulip Festival
Since 1953, Canada’s capital has been hosting the Canadian Tulip Festival, which is now the largest of its kind in the world. This popular annual…
Canoeing Rideau Canal
Five must-see sites in Ottawa
Ottawa is home to some of the most historical and iconic sites, must-see national museums, a thriving culinary scene and an abundance of bucket list…
Rideau Canal
Ottawa’s Top Natural Wonders
Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is an urban and vibrant destination where you’ll find many cultural attractions, delectable restaurants and lots of…
Tulips by the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill
Top places to photograph beautiful tulips in Ottawa
Each year in May, over one million tulips bloom across Canada’s capital region—a beautiful and colourful celebration of the spring season! Get your…
National Gallery of Canada
March Break Activities in Ottawa
Canada’s capital is a March Break mecca with its many cultural institutions, outdoor activities and indoor attractions.

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