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Ottawa Unlocked

Ottawa Unlocked

Be the ultimate tourist in your own backyard by exploring the beautiful region of Canada’s capital—a destination visitors from all over the world love for its clean air, friendly people, countless attractions, and easy access to nature.  

Now that restrictions are easing, Ottawa’s tourism community is carefully and safely unlocking its doors and extending a warm welcome to locals and visitors.

We’ve gathered all the information you need to plan a memorable staycation in the Ottawa region during these unusual times.

Unlock Ottawa’s best

It’s still on us!
It’s still on us!
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National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa COVID-19 staycation: Things to do in Stage 3
Check out what you can see and do during your staycation in Ottawa this summer 2020.
Tavern on the Hill at Major's Hill Park
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.
Nordik Spa-Nature
Ultimate Ottawa staycation ideas
It’s easy to be a tourist in your own backyard when national attractions, outdoor activities, fun tours and local flavours at your fingertips! When…
Canadian Museum of History
Museum and attraction programming this summer and fall in Ottawa
You can once again visit many of Ottawa’s popular museums, historic sites, and other attractions! Some sites are offering regular programming (and…
Watson's Mill, Photo(s): Phil Renaud, City of Ottawa/Ville d'Ottawa
Discover Ottawa’s Rural Communities
It’s time to get out of town, without even having to leave the city! Rural Ottawa is the perfect one-day getaway to reconnect with nature and get to know the local businesses behind the neighbourhood.

Summer 2020 staycation itineraries

Byward Market, Canada maple leaf and ceremonial guard cookies
Romance and relaxation
You don’t have to go far to get closer to your partner this summer—just plan a romantic retreat in your own beautiful city! Ottawa attractions like…
Paddle Boarding on the Ottawa River
The Great Outdoors
Take advantage of being home this summer and plan a vacation full of outdoor activities in your own city! Whether you’re exploring solo or with your…
Canada cookie, Parliament, Ottawa River in the background
Family fun for all
Who needs to go away on a family vacation when you can be a tourist in your own beautiful city? This summer, many attractions and businesses in Canada…

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Ultimate Ottawa staycation ideas
It’s easy to be a tourist in your own backyard when national attractions, outdoor activities, fun tours and local flavours at your fingertips! When…
Ottawa COVID-19 staycation: Things to do in Stage 3
Check out what you can see and do during your staycation in Ottawa this summer 2020.

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