Canada Science and Technology Museum

Attractions and events for groups and FIT

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

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.
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.
Escape Manor
Escape Manor
Choose a themed escape room to get locked into with friends and try to puzzle your way out of it—before the clock runs out.
Tulips, Parliament, Spring
Gardens Ottawa
Follow the Garden Promenade to enjoy the natural and artistic beauty of 75+ unique garden experiences in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Most are free!
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Ogham Craft Spirits
In a tasting room in Kanata, a west-end Ottawa suburb, raise a glass of gin, poitín or other spirits made from Ottawa Valley grain.
Interzip Rogers
Interzip Rogers
Take a thrilling zipline ride over the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec—the first and only zipline in the world that connects two provinces!
Altitude Gym
Altitude Gym
Altitude Gym offers a unique climbing experience! In a one-of-a-kind location, with more than 100 routes up to 45 feet high and many bouldering areas totaling 5 750 sq ft.
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.
MARKED: Ultimate Ottawa Adventure Park
MARKED: Ultimate Ottawa Adventure Park
Just west of Ottawa near the town of Carleton Place, you can test your skills at everything from paintball and axe throwing to laser tag.
Funhaven
Funhaven
Funhaven is Ottawa's best entertainment centre destination.
Cycling along Ottawa River Pathway
Capital Pathway
One of the best ways to explore Ottawa–Gatineau is by bike, through an extensive multi-use pathway network.

Entertainment & Nightlife

TD Place
TD Place
Catch exciting sports and special events at Ottawa's urban entertainment destination located in the vibrant Glebe neighbourhood.
Casino du Lac-Leamy
Casino Lac-Leamy
Enjoy gaming, live entertainment, great food and much more fun at this casino located just minutes from downtown Ottawa in Gatineau, Quebec.
Classic Theatre Festival
Classic Theatre Festival
Enjoy professional productions of classic hits from Broadway and the London stage at the historic Arts Court Theatre in downtown Ottawa.
National Arts Centre
National Arts Centre
Catch a show at the National Arts Centre, the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest such centres in the world.
Canadian Tire Centre
Canadian Tire Centre
Catch professional sports, big name performers, family programming and prestigious events at the Ottawa region’s premier sports and entertainment facility.
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.
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.
Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino - Future Home Of Hard Rock Ottawa
Rideau Carleton Casino - Future Home Of Hard Rock Ottawa
Enjoy gaming and entertainment with over 1,200 slot machines, live table games, a poker room, plus live horse harness racing year round—all in a suburb just south of downtown Ottawa.

Family

Royal Canadian Mint
Royal Canadian Mint
Take a fascinating, affordable tour to learn how coins are made, and shop for unique gifts and collectibles in an historic building near the ByWard Market area.
Canadian War Museum
Canadian War Museum
Discover Canada’s rich military history at Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations.
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.
Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals
Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals
Join scheduled daily bike tours led by Ottawa locals or rent a bike, e-bike, scooter or boat and create your own adventure.
MARKED: Ultimate Ottawa Adventure Park
MARKED: Ultimate Ottawa Adventure Park
Just west of Ottawa near the town of Carleton Place, you can test your skills at everything from paintball and axe throwing to laser tag.
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours has been Canada's leader in whitewater rafting and kayaking since 1975.
Funhaven
Funhaven
Funhaven is Ottawa's best entertainment centre destination.
Arbraska Laflèche
Arbraska Laflèche
Come explore one of the largest cave in the Canadian Shield with our Discovery Tour or our Explorers Tour.
Calypso Waterpark
Calypso Waterpark
Calypso Theme Waterpark is the largest waterpark in Canada. This gem of a park will leave you breathless.
Omega Park
Omega Park
Less than an hour’s drive east of Ottawa at Omega Park, you can see bears, deer, elk, bison, caribou, wolves and other Canadian wildlife on a self-drive safari, all year round.
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of History
Discover the events, people and objects that have shaped Canada at the Canadian Museum of History, across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.
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 the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Meet cute farm animals and learn where your food comes from on a family-friendly visit to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
Little Ray's Nature Centre
Little Ray’s Nature Centre
Visit this exotic animal rescue in rural Ottawa to learn about reptiles, birds, spiders and mammals, from pythons and porcupines to the ever-popular sloths.
Oh Canada Eh? Ottawa
Oh Canada Eh? Ottawa
This family friendly musical production celebrates all things Canadian in 2021! The two-hour show features famous characters singing Canadian hits, plus an optional Canadian meal.
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 Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School is located about 1 hr west of the nation's capital on the Ottawa River.
Camp Fortune Ski, Aerial Park and Ziplines
Camp Fortune
The entire family can enjoy outdoor activities at this year-round recreational resort just fifteen minutes north of downtown Ottawa in Gatineau Park.
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Learn about steam locomotives, gold miners, climate change, hydroelectricity and more at the family-friendly Canada Science and Technology Museum.
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.
St. Albert Cheese Co-op
St. Albert Cheese Co-op
After your visit, cheese will no longer hold any secrets. Discover all the production steps involved in making our famous cheddars & watch our employees work through huge windows overlooking the production area.
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.
Diefenbunker Museum
Diefenbunker Museum
Ponder the past as you tour the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, an underground bunker designed to shelter Canadian VIPs during a nuclear attack.
RentABike
RentABike
Over 200 bicycles and accessories to choose from for all ages, sizes and routes.

Festivals & Events

The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill - Northern Lights
The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill - Northern Lights
Five nights a week in the summer months, you can enjoy a free, 30-minute multimedia show presented against the backdrop of the iconic Parliament Buildings in Canada's capital.
RBC Bluesfest
RBC Bluesfest
Each July, Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest presents hundreds of musical acts in all genres to some 300,000 fans. Don’t miss this event, which Billboard Magazine has ranked as one of the world’s top-10 outdoor music festivals!
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
Celebrate free Canadian winter fun at this epic festival which takes place in the Ottawa region during the first three weekends of February each year!
Canadian Tulip Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival
Welcome spring at the world's largest tulip festival! This popular annual event features massive tulip displays, fireworks, family fun and more.
Oh Canada Eh? Ottawa
Oh Canada Eh? Ottawa
This family friendly musical production celebrates all things Canadian in 2021! The two-hour show features famous characters singing Canadian hits, plus an optional Canadian meal.
Ottawa Chamberfest
Ottawa Chamberfest
The largest chamber music festival in the world presents the genre's top ensemble and solo musical performers each summer in Canada's capital.
Ontario Festival of Small Halls
Ontario Festival of Small Halls
Catch first-rate musical performances in unique and quaint venues across Eastern Ontario, near Ottawa.
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.
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
See some of the jazz world’s most renowned and cutting-edge musicians on indoor and outdoor stages at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival in Canada’s capital.
Music and Beyond
Music and Beyond
Experience a unique blend of classical music and other disciplines, such as drama, poetry and even science, during Ottawa’s Music and Beyond festival.

Museums

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 the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
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.
Royal Canadian Mint
Royal Canadian Mint
Take a fascinating, affordable tour to learn how coins are made, and shop for unique gifts and collectibles in an historic building near the ByWard Market area.
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.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Meet cute farm animals and learn where your food comes from on a family-friendly visit to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
Diefenbunker Museum
Diefenbunker Museum
Ponder the past as you tour the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, an underground bunker designed to shelter Canadian VIPs during a nuclear attack.
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of History
Discover the events, people and objects that have shaped Canada at the Canadian Museum of History, across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.
Bytown Museum
Bytown Museum
Housed in Ottawa’s oldest stone building, the Bytown Museum explores the city’s history, from the construction of the Rideau Canal until today.
Ottawa Art Gallery
Ottawa Art Gallery
The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) features local, national and international historical and contemporary art in a stunning architectural setting. And admission is free!
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Learn about steam locomotives, gold miners, climate change, hydroelectricity and more at the family-friendly Canada Science and Technology Museum.
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.
Canadian War Museum
Canadian War Museum
Discover Canada’s rich military history at Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations.

Oh Canada!

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.
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.
The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill - Northern Lights
The Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill - Northern Lights
Five nights a week in the summer months, you can enjoy a free, 30-minute multimedia show presented against the backdrop of the iconic Parliament Buildings in Canada's capital.
Mackenzie King Estate (Gatineau Park)
Mackenzie King Estate (Gatineau Park)
Once a prime minister’s summer home, the Mackenzie King Estate near Ottawa welcomes visitors to enjoy lunch, special activities, lush gardens and more.
Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park
Immerse yourself in nature in Gatineau Park, where you can swim, hike, bike, camp, cross-country ski, snowshoe and visit heritage sites.
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 permanent kiosk in the ByWard Market.
Rideau Hall
Rideau Hall
At the Ottawa residence and workplace of Canada’s governor general, you can tour the mansion and explore the landscaped grounds for free.
Upper Canada Village - Parks Of The St. Lawrence
Upper Canada Village - Parks of the St. Lawrence
Go back in time to the 1860s by strolling through a living history site that depicts life in a rural Canadian village.
Indigenous Experiences
Indigenous Experiences
Make an authentic connection with Indigenous culture through traditional music, dance, storytelling, food and activities in Canada’s capital.
Rideau Canal Skateway
Rideau Canal Skateway
Planning to skate on the world's largest outdoor skating rink this winter? See the latest information on COVID-19 guidelines and what's open and closed.
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.

Outdoors & Adventure

MARKED: Ultimate Ottawa Adventure Park
MARKED: Ultimate Ottawa Adventure Park
Just west of Ottawa near the town of Carleton Place, you can test your skills at everything from paintball and axe throwing to laser tag.
Boreal River Adventures
Boreal River Adventures
On a half-day urban “kayarafting” adventure, you’ll see Parliament Hill from a new perspective while safely paddling whitewater rapids.
Club de golf Le Sorcier
Club de golf Le Sorcier
Escape to the country at this 18-hole golf course in a maple grove on the edge of Gatineau, Québec, just 25 kilometres northeast of downtown Ottawa.
Arbraska Laflèche
Arbraska Laflèche
Come explore one of the largest cave in the Canadian Shield with our Discovery Tour or our Explorers Tour.
Interzip Rogers
Interzip Rogers
Take a thrilling zipline ride over the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec—the first and only zipline in the world that connects two provinces!
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School is located about 1 hr west of the nation's capital on the Ottawa River.
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours has been Canada's leader in whitewater rafting and kayaking since 1975.
Locations Escape
Locations Escape
Enjoy views of city sights as you paddle the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa-Gatineau in a rental kayak or canoe, or on a standup paddleboard (SUP). Bike rentals also available!
Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals
Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals
Join scheduled daily bike tours led by Ottawa locals or rent a bike, e-bike, scooter or boat and create your own adventure.
Le Harfang Fat Bike et Raquettes
Le Harfang Fat Bike et Raquettes
Rent a fat bike or snowshoes at this rural site on the northeast edge of Gatineau, Quebec—just a short drive from downtown Ottawa—and enjoy scenic winter trails.
RentABike
RentABike
Over 200 bicycles and accessories to choose from for all ages, sizes and routes.
National Capital Greenbelt
Canada's Capital Greenbelt
In Canada's Capital Greenbelt, one of Ottawa’s environmental treasures, you can hike, bike, cross-country ski, learn about nature and visit heritage sites.
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.
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.
Camp Fortune Ski, Aerial Park and Ziplines
Camp Fortune
The entire family can enjoy outdoor activities at this year-round recreational resort just fifteen minutes north of downtown Ottawa in Gatineau Park.

Spas

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. Enter into a welcome sense of calm and be captivated by scent, sight, sound and touch in an intimate environment of soft-spoken luxury and understated elegance.
Nordik Spa-Nature
Nordik Spa-Nature
Epic relaxation awaits at North America’s largest spa, Nordik Spa-Nature, an indoor-outdoor retreat located just 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa.

Sports

Ottawa Senators Hockey Club
Ottawa Senators
Take in the electric atmosphere of an NHL game in Canada’s capital and watch pro hockey players compete in the national winter sport.
Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino - Future Home Of Hard Rock Ottawa
Rideau Carleton Casino - Future Home Of Hard Rock Ottawa
Enjoy gaming and entertainment with over 1,200 slot machines, live table games, a poker room, plus live horse harness racing year round—all in a suburb just south of downtown Ottawa.
Ottawa 67's
Ottawa 67's
Enjoy affordable, family-friendly junior men’s hockey games at TD Place Arena at Lansdowne, in the lively downtown Glebe neighbourhood.
Ottawa REDBLACKS
Ottawa REDBLACKS
Join the roaring crowds at TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne as Ottawa’s Canadian Football League (CFL) team battles for a chance at the Grey Cup.

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