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

4 Wheelies - Roller Skating Center
4 Wheelies - Roller Skating Center
Experience Ottawa's ultimate indoor roller skating destination with all the ingredients for fun with friends and family.
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.
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.
ACE Arte Studio
ACE Arte Studio
Get creative at this fun, inclusive art studio offering classes, workshops, parties, and events for both children and adults.
Interzip
Interzip
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!
Funhaven
Funhaven
Funhaven is Ottawa's best entertainment centre destination.
KIN Vineyards
KIN Vineyards
This family estate winery, nestled at the edge of the charming village of Carp, offers vineyard tours, tastings, and curated food pairings.
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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.
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.
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VR82
Experience exhilarating virtual reality games and try your hand at axe throwing at this modern arcade in Gatineau.
Jigsaw Escapes
Jigsaw Escape Rooms
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.
Bougie Birch
Bougie Birch
Indigenous-owned organization dedicated to guiding both individuals and businesses through a purposeful journey of reconciliation.
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.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Casino du Lac-Leamy
Casino Lac-Leamy
Enjoy gaming, live entertainment, great food and much more fun at the Loto-Québec entertainment resort located just minutes from downtown Ottawa in Gatineau, Québec.
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.
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.
Nightlife, Nightclub
56 ByWard
Three unique lounge and nightclub venues housed in one building in the heart of the ByWard Market.
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.
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.
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.
TD Place
TD Place
Catch exciting sports and special events at Ottawa's urban entertainment destination located in the vibrant Glebe neighbourhood.
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Ovation Productions
Ovation Productions is a musical theatre company dedicated to producing professional, entertaining and high-quality performances with opportunities for local talent to shine.

Family

Mādahòkì Farm
Mādahòkì Farm
Experience authentic Indigenous culture, including seasonal events, a year-round marketplace and other programming at this rural site within the city of Ottawa.
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Ouimet Farms Adventure
Farming, family, and fun come together at this working farm in Vankleek Hill, featuring a 7-acre maze and many other seasonal attractions.
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Forest Cove Farm & Country Market
Enjoy the unique charms of the alpacas at this family-owned farm located 1.5 hours northwest of Ottawa in the picturesque Upper Ottawa Valley.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Delight your kids at this farm within the city, where they can meet farm animals and learn where their food comes from.
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.
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.
Funhaven
Funhaven
Funhaven is Ottawa's best entertainment centre destination.
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Saunders Country Critter Zoo and Sanctuary
Animal sanctuary and zoo providing a refuge for animals in need and a unique opportunity for visitors to see animals from their own backyard and from countries around the world.
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.
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.
Calypso Waterpark
Calypso Waterpark
Calypso Theme Waterpark is the largest waterpark in Canada. This gem of a park will leave you breathless.
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.
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours has been Canada's leader in whitewater rafting and kayaking since 1975.
Peak to Peak Camp Fortune Zipline
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.
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.
Omega Park
Parc Omega
Less than an hour’s drive east of Ottawa at Parc Omega, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Diefenbunker Museum
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
Ponder the Cold War as you tour this four-storey underground bunker in rural Ottawa.
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School is located about 1 hr west of the nation's capital on the Ottawa River.
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.
Arbraska Laflèche
Arbraska Laflèche
Come explore one of the largest cave in the Canadian Shield with our Discovery Tour or our Explorers Tour.
RentABike
RentABike
Over 200 bicycles and accessories to choose from for all ages, sizes and routes.
4 Wheelies - Roller Skating Center
4 Wheelies - Roller Skating Center
Experience Ottawa's ultimate indoor roller skating destination with all the ingredients for fun with friends and family.
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.
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.
Vanier Museopark
Vanier Museopark
Visit Ottawa’s only French-language museum to discover and learn about the habits and customs of the local francophonie.
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.

Festivals & Events

CityFolk
CityFolk
This four-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.
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Ottawa Grassroots Festival
Come together to celebrate music and community at this vibrant annual festival of concerts and participatory workshops.
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.
RBC Bluesfest
Ottawa 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!
Canadian Tulip Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival
Welcome spring at the world's largest tulip festival! This popular annual event features massive tulip displays, family fun and more.
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
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.
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.
Winterlude
Winterlude
Experience the best the Canadian winter has to offer at the free Winterlude festival that takes place in the Ottawa region during the first three weekends of February each year!
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.
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 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.

Museums

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 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.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Delight your kids at this farm within the city, where they can meet farm animals and learn where their food comes from.
Ottawa Art Gallery
Ottawa Art Gallery
Located in Ottawa's downtown core, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is situated on traditional Anishinābe Aki and is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Admission is always free!
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.
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.
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.
Diefenbunker Museum
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
Ponder the Cold War as you tour this four-storey underground bunker in rural Ottawa.
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.
Vanier Museopark
Vanier Museopark
Visit Ottawa’s only French-language museum to discover and learn about the habits and customs of the local francophonie.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Upper Canada Village
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.
Rideau Canal Skateway
Rideau Canal Skateway
Every winter, the Rideau Canal turns into the Rideau Canal Skateway, aka, the world’s largest skating rink!
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.
Mādahòkì Farm
Mādahòkì Farm
Experience authentic Indigenous culture, including seasonal events, a year-round marketplace and other programming at this rural site within the city of Ottawa.
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.
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.

Outdoors & Adventure

Peak to Peak Camp Fortune Zipline
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.
Interzip
Interzip
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!
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Gatineau Sled Dogs
Glide across the vast snowy landscapes of La Petite-Nation in a comfortable sled pulled by a team of majestic sled dogs.
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.
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Ouimet Farms Adventure
Farming, family, and fun come together at this working farm in Vankleek Hill, featuring a 7-acre maze and many other seasonal attractions.
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.
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School
Ottawa Kayak School is located about 1 hr west of the nation's capital on the Ottawa River.
Arbraska Laflèche
Arbraska Laflèche
Come explore one of the largest cave in the Canadian Shield with our Discovery Tour or our Explorers Tour.
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 green spaces.
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.
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.
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours
Wilderness Tours has been Canada's leader in whitewater rafting and kayaking since 1975.
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.
RentABike
RentABike
Over 200 bicycles and accessories to choose from for all ages, sizes and routes.

Spas

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.
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.

Sports

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.
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.
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 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.

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