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Attractions and events for groups

With seven of Canada’s nine national museums, fascinating sights and world-renown celebrations, Canada’s capital has plenty of attractions and events that are perfect for groups.

Activities

Escape Manor
Escape Manor
You have 45 minutes to work together to uncover the clues and find the key to get out before...
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Capital Pathway
One of the best ways to explore Ottawa–Gatineau is by bike, through an extensive multi-use pathway network. Follow one of our suggested cycling routes…
Funhaven Escapes
Funhaven Escapes
An escape room experience is a live-action reality experience in which groups of 4-10 people work together to solve a series of challenges within a set time limit.
Funhaven
Funhaven
Funhaven is Ottawa's best entertainment centre destination.
Jigsaw Escapes
Jigsaw Escapes
It’s an experience everyone should try: a real-life adventure game! You and your friends are locked in a room for 45 minutes during a high-stakes scenario.
Gardens Ottawa
Gardens Ottawa
The Garden PromenadeTake in Ottawa-Gatineau's natural and artistic beauty with the Garden Promenade - a showcase of 75+ unique garden experiences.
Ottawa School of Art
Ottawa School of Art
The Ottawa School of Art offers a full range of specialized art courses including lifedrawing, landscape painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, lithography, watercolour, etching, printmaking, and a wide variety of specialized short courses and workshops.
Altitude Gym
Altitude Gym
Altitude Gym offers a unique climbing experience!
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Par-Tee Putt
With delicious food, curated cocktails, ice-cold local and imported beers, non-alcoholic drinks, and an interactive course, this indoor attraction in…

Entertainment & Nightlife

National Arts Centre
National Arts Centre
Catch a wide variety of orchestra, dance, variety, and English, French and Indigenous theatre shows at the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada.
Theatre du Casino du Lac-Leamy
Theatre du Casino du Lac-Leamy
One of the city's most versatile performance spaces, this state-of-the-art venue hosts full-scale musical revues as well as spectacular solo performances.
Restaurant Ferme Rouge
Restaurant Ferme Rouge
Located 20 minutes from Parliament Hill, this 400-seat restaurant offers delicious food & great entertainment.
TD Place
TD Place
Catch exciting sports and special events at Ottawa’s urban entertainment destination located in the vibrant Glebe neighbourhood.
ALÉA Nightclub
ALÉA Nightclub
Located in a spectacular structure overlooking the Casino Lac-Leamy gaming area, ALÉA is the destination nightclub par excellence to appreciate the best in nightlife.
Casino du Lac-Leamy
Casino Lac-Leamy
Try your luck at this casino just minutes from downtown Ottawa, where you’ll find renowned restaurants, live entertainment, and a wide selection of slot machines and gaming tables, including Texas Hold’em Poker.
Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino - Future Home Of Hard Rock Ottawa
Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino - Future Home Of Hard Rock Ottawa
There's a new game in town! Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino is your place for the best casino action in Ottawa.
Canadian Tire Centre
Canadian Tire Centre
Canadian Tire Centre is the Ottawa region’s premier sports and entertainment facility.

Family

Calypso Waterpark
Calypso Waterpark
Calypso Theme Waterpark is the largest waterpark in Canada.
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School is located about 1 hr west of the nation's capital on the Ottawa River.
Canadian War Museum
Canadian War Museum
Delve into Canada’s rich military history through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations. This striking museum is also known for its symbolic architecture.
Camp Fortune Ski,  Aerial Park and Ziplines
Camp Fortune Ski, Aerial Park and Ziplines
Fifteen minutes from downtown Ottawa, Camp Fortune offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
RentABike
RentABike
Over 200 bicycles and accessories to choose from for all ages, sizes and routes.
Diefenbunker Museum
Diefenbunker Museum
Ponder the Cold War as you tour this four-storey underground bunker in rural Ottawa. Originally designed to shelter Canadian VIPs during a nuclear attack, it is now a National Historic Site.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Delight your kids at this farm within the city, where they can milk a cow, meet farm animals, see vintage farm machinery and learn where their food comes from.
RiverRun Rafting
RiverRun Rafting
Due to renovations and improvements, River Run Rafting will be closed for the 2019 season. If you are interested in rafting in Ottawa, check out their partner business Wilderness Tours.
Funhaven
Funhaven
Funhaven is Ottawa's best entertainment centre destination.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Discover Canada’s aviation and aerospace history—from the 1909 Silver Dart to the International Space Station—at one of the world’s finest museums in its field.
Royal Canadian Mint
Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is more than just a respected part of the Canadian experience – it’s an iconic brand honouring national achievements and themes since 1908.
Oh Canada Eh? Ottawa
Oh Canada Eh? Ottawa
Our family friendly, two-hour dinner musical celebrates all-Canadian music; from maritime folk songs to modern pop.
National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of Canada
Discover contemporary and historical artworks—including paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia installations—in this landmark site located near the vibrant ByWard Market area.
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Learn about steam locomotives, telescopes, cameras, gold miners, climate change, hydroelectricity and much more through temporary and permanent exhibitions at this interactive, family-friendly museum.
St. Albert Cheese Co-op
St. Albert Cheese Co-op
Discover all the production steps involved in making our famous cheddars & watch our employees work through huge windows overlooking the production area.
Arbraska Laflèche
Arbraska Laflèche
Come explore one of the largest cave in the Canadian Shield with our Discovery Tour or our Explorers Tour. Our different treetop aerial courses provide fun and excitement for all!
Omega Park
Omega Park
At this year-round nature park less than an hour’s drive east of Ottawa, you can see a variety of Canadian wildlife on a 12-kilometre (7.5-mile) self-drive safari.
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of History
Canada’s most-visited museum presents the events, people and objects that have shaped the nation. This architectural gem is located in Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours has been Canada's leader in whitewater rafting and kayaking since 1975. Not only do we raft the best river in Canada, we have the largest adventure resort in the business.
Bank of Canada Museum
Bank of Canada Museum
Create your own avatar and learn about the important role you play in the economy. Hands-on exhibits illuminate everything from the psychology of economic expectations to the history of bank note design.
Ottawa City Rafting
Ottawa City Rafting
Wilderness Tours’ new family-friendly Urban Whitewater Rafting Adventure Ottawa City Rafting is a great way to get out on the river and see the spectacular sights.
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian Museum of Nature
Explore the fascinating science related to fossils, mammals, minerals, birds, plate tectonics, Arctic discovery and more in a historic building minutes from Parliament Hill.

Festivals & Events

Oh Canada Eh? Ottawa
Oh Canada Eh? Ottawa
Our family friendly, two-hour dinner musical celebrates all-Canadian music; from maritime folk songs to modern pop.
CityFolk
CityFolk
This five-day September celebration of music, dance and community at Lansdowne Park and throughout the Glebe area features an eclectic mix of musical performances on multiple stages.
Winterlude
Winterlude
A flurry of fun in Canada’s Capital Region!Come to Winterlude, where three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family!
Ontario Festival of Small Halls
Ontario Festival of Small Halls
The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is about sharing the love of music in the heart of small town communities. The festival produces over 30 concerts…
Music and Beyond
Music and Beyond
This unique summer cultural festival—which links classical music to visual art, drama, poetry, science and more—draws audiences to performances in distinctive venues throughout Canada’s capital.
Ottawa Children's Festival
Ottawa Children's Festival
Every year, the Ottawa Children's Festival holds a five-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences in our community.
Ottawa Chamberfest
Ottawa Chamberfest
During the world's largest chamber music festival each summer, you can delight in 120 concerts in Canada's capital by leading international ensemble and solo musical artists.
RBC Bluesfest
RBC Bluesfest
Every summer, some 300,000 music fans gather to see more than 200 acts on multiple stages. No wonder Billboard Magazine has ranked this event among the world’s top-10 outdoor music festivals!
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
During this summer jazz festival, outdoor stages, theatres, galleries, restaurants and clubs throughout downtown Ottawa buzz with fans enjoying every kind of jazz—from big band to avant garde—and more.
The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill - Northern Lights
The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill - Northern Lights
This experience of sound and light is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history. Combining bold digital technology with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings, the show illuminates Canadian stories of nation-building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision for a country.
Canadian Tulip Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival
Welcome spring’s warmth at the world’s largest tulip festival! This lively annual celebration features sweeping beds of jewel-like tulips, fireworks, music, family fun and more.

Museums

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Delight your kids at this farm within the city, where they can milk a cow, meet farm animals, see vintage farm machinery and learn where their food comes from.
National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of Canada
Discover contemporary and historical artworks—including paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia installations—in this landmark site located near the vibrant ByWard Market area.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Discover Canada’s aviation and aerospace history—from the 1909 Silver Dart to the International Space Station—at one of the world’s finest museums in its field.
Ottawa Art Gallery
Ottawa Art Gallery
Visit this newly expanded downtown gallery to see local, national and international art in an airy, light-filled building. Step inside the luminous cube for a memorable—and free—cultural adventure.
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Learn about steam locomotives, telescopes, cameras, gold miners, climate change, hydroelectricity and much more through temporary and permanent exhibitions at this interactive, family-friendly museum.
Royal Canadian Mint
Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is more than just a respected part of the Canadian experience – it’s an iconic brand honouring national achievements and themes since 1908.
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of History
Canada’s most-visited museum presents the events, people and objects that have shaped the nation. This architectural gem is located in Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian Museum of Nature
Explore the fascinating science related to fossils, mammals, minerals, birds, plate tectonics, Arctic discovery and more in a historic building minutes from Parliament Hill.
Bank of Canada Museum
Bank of Canada Museum
Create your own avatar and learn about the important role you play in the economy. Hands-on exhibits illuminate everything from the psychology of economic expectations to the history of bank note design.
Canadian War Museum
Canadian War Museum
Delve into Canada’s rich military history through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations. This striking museum is also known for its symbolic architecture.
Bytown Museum
Bytown Museum
Housed in Ottawa's oldest stone building, the BYTOWN MUSEUM explores Ottawa’s history from the early years of Rideau Canal construction, through the rough and tumble days of Bytown, to its emergence as Canada's capital and beyond.
Diefenbunker Museum
Diefenbunker Museum
Ponder the Cold War as you tour this four-storey underground bunker in rural Ottawa. Originally designed to shelter Canadian VIPs during a nuclear attack, it is now a National Historic Site.

Oh Canada!

Laurier House National Historic Site
Laurier House National Historic Site
Step into the inner sanctum of our country’s political history by visiting the former home of two important prime ministers of Canada.
BeaverTails
BeaverTails
A uniquely Canadian tradition, hand-made Beavertail pastries are served up with a variety of toppings at special events throughout the year and at the…
Mackenzie King Estate (Gatineau Park)
Mackenzie King Estate (Gatineau Park)
Once the summer home of Canada’s longest-serving prime minister, this 231-hectare (571 acre) property in Gatineau Park welcomes visitors to enjoy lunch, special activities, lush gardens, wooded trails and more.
Rideau Hall
Rideau Hall
Tour an historic mansion and expansive landscaped grounds at the official residence and workplace of the governor general—the Crown’s representative in Canada. All tours and activities are free!
Rideau Canal Skateway
Rideau Canal Skateway
A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway.
The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill - Northern Lights
The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill - Northern Lights
This experience of sound and light is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history. Combining bold digital technology with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings, the show illuminates Canadian stories of nation-building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision for a country.
Supreme Court of Canada
Supreme Court of Canada
A visit to the Supreme Court of Canada gives one the opportunity to become better acquainted with Canada's highest court.
Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park
Swim, hike, bike, camp, cross-country ski, snowshoe or visit heritage sites amid towering trees and rocky outcrops in this expansive park just 15 minutes from Ottawa.
Upper Canada Village - Parks Of The St. Lawrence
Upper Canada Village - Parks Of The St. Lawrence
Go back to the 1860s and spend a day with the villagers.
Indigenous Experiences
Indigenous Experiences
Indigenous Experiences brings Indigenous history and culture to life through engaging and authentic programming.
Guided tours of Parliament
Guided tours of Parliament
Take a free guided tour of the home of Canada’s federal government, one of Ottawa’s top attractions. Admire historic paintings, as well as architecture decorated with Canadian motifs, in these official spaces.

Outdoors & Adventure

Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School is located about 1 hr west of the nation's capital on the Ottawa River.
RentABike
RentABike
Over 200 bicycles and accessories to choose from for all ages, sizes and routes.
Arbraska Laflèche
Arbraska Laflèche
Come explore one of the largest cave in the Canadian Shield with our Discovery Tour or our Explorers Tour. Our different treetop aerial courses provide fun and excitement for all!
RiverRun Rafting
RiverRun Rafting
Due to renovations and improvements, River Run Rafting will be closed for the 2019 season. If you are interested in rafting in Ottawa, check out their partner business Wilderness Tours.
Camp Fortune Ski,  Aerial Park and Ziplines
Camp Fortune Ski, Aerial Park and Ziplines
Fifteen minutes from downtown Ottawa, Camp Fortune offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours has been Canada's leader in whitewater rafting and kayaking since 1975. Not only do we raft the best river in Canada, we have the largest adventure resort in the business.
Marshes Golf Club
Marshes Golf Club
The Marshes Golf Course, Robert Trent Jones Sr.'s last design (and a collaboration by father and son), is one of the nation’s finest golf destinations.
National Capital Greenbelt
National Capital Greenbelt
Hike, bike, cross-country ski, learn about nature and visit heritage sites in this environmental gem, which encircles Ottawa with 20,000 hectares (almost 50,000 acres) of wetlands, woods and other unspoiled greenspaces.
Ottawa City Rafting
Ottawa City Rafting
Wilderness Tours’ new family-friendly Urban Whitewater Rafting Adventure Ottawa City Rafting is a great way to get out on the river and see the spectacular sights.

Spas

Nordik Spa-Nature
Nordik Spa-Nature
Indulge in the ultimate indoor-outdoor relaxation experience at North America’s largest spa, located just 10-minutes north of downtown Ottawa in Chelsea, Quebec, near Gatineau Park.
Strathmere
Strathmere
Strathmere invites you to visit our 6000 sq ft Retreat & Spa featuring esthetics, massage, day and overnight packages, daily yoga, wellness retreats, outdoor hot tubs, nature/ski/snowshoe trails and firepit.
Au Naturel Spa
Au Naturel Spa
Experience the ultimate in wellness at Au Naturel Spa.

Sports

Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino - Future Home Of Hard Rock Ottawa
Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino - Future Home Of Hard Rock Ottawa
There's a new game in town! Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino is your place for the best casino action in Ottawa.
Ottawa 67's
Ottawa 67's
Whether you are local to Ottawa or simply visiting the Nation’s Capital, the 67’s offer affordable and family friendly entertainment.
Ottawa REDBLACKS
Ottawa REDBLACKS
June through November come cheer on the Ottawa REDBLACKS!
Ottawa Senators Hockey Club
Ottawa Senators
One of seven NHL franchises based in Canada, the Ottawa Senators returned to the league in 1992 following a 58-year absence.

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