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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!

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Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard
 
July 7 to August 25, 2017  Every summer morning Parliament Hill is alive with music and colourful drills. The Changing of the Guard began as a morning routine on the Hill in 1959, and has turned into an annual tradition. This large-scale production includes a regimental band and pipers. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. each morning, but arrive about 15 minutes early to grab a spot with a great view.…
Official Canada Day Weekend 2017 Festivities
Official Canada Day Weekend 2017 Festivities
June 23
Don’t miss the biggest Canada Day party ever in Ottawa as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation over the entire long weekend, June 30 to July 2, 2017! Three official sites will feature programming over the three days, including live entertainment by a range of Canadian artists, as well as the President’s Choice® Canada Day fireworks, the largest Canada Day pyrotechnic show ever which will be taking place around 11:00 p.m.…
Canada Day Weekend Tips and Packing Guide
Canada Day Weekend Tips and Packing Guide
June 23
If you’re coming to Ottawa for Canada Day this year, you’re in for a super-sized treat! In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, Canada’s Capital is celebrating over the entire long weekend—from June 30 to July 2! (To learn more about official Canada Day weekend programming, visit our Canada Day webpage.) From the boisterous energy of Parliament Hill to the busy reveler-filled streets of the city’s downtown core,…
Music & Beyond
Music & Beyond
 
This unique festival, which couples timeless classical music with several other beautiful art forms, kicks off Ottawa’s annual July music festivals list! Music & Beyond is taking place at various venues throughout Ottawa from July 4-17, 2017. Over 14 days, this festival hosts about 80 concerts that feature orchestras, wind ensembles, instrumental and vocal recitals as well as smaller ensembles. These ensembles are partnered with dance, theatre pieces, visual art, poetry, yoga,…
CityFolk
CityFolk
 
September 13-17, 2017 Stimulate your senses with the unique and eclectic sounds of CityFolk. Set at Lansdowne, just south of downtown Ottawa, CityFolk aims to celebrate artistic creativity as well as community. The festival offers various musical performances, music workshops, family-friendly activities, craft beer, artisan and craft vendors, and much more. Some of the performers this year include Jack Johnson, Father John Misty, Amanda Mashall and Post Malone.  Fast Facts…
Ottawa Chamberfest
Ottawa Chamberfest
 
July 22 – August 4, 2017 Expose your mind and soul to the extraordinary sounds of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (Ottawa Chamberfest). The largest chamber music festival in the world, Ottawa Chamberfest presents more than 100 performances from renowned artists at incredible venues across downtown Ottawa. The festival endeavours to satiate fans of this form of classical music, as well as create inclusive atmospheres to introduce the style…