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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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10 romantic, fun and unique ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s...
10 romantic, fun and unique ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s...
January 17
From romantic outings like gourmet meals and spa treatments, to unique options like cuddling with cats and cracking up, couples (and singles) can easily find their perfect match this Valentine’s Day. Here are just a few things taking place throughout the Ottawa area on and around Feb. 14, 2019: Wild romance For a truly unforgettable experience, plan an overnight visit to Park Omega and stay in one of their new,…
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
January 16
Winter continues with lots of fun things to do around Ottawa! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning January 17, 2019: The Rideau Canal Skateway is now open! Skate along the currently open 7.8km of the outdoor skating rink that runs through downtown Ottawa. Check online for ice conditions. FREE! Vegas is closer than you think! Now through to mid-February, head to the…
Rideau Canal Skateway
Rideau Canal Skateway
January 11
Did you know that Ottawa is home to the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world, as designated by Guinness World Records? Each year, from roughly January to late February or early March, the scenic Rideau Canal – Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site – freezes and welcomes nearly one million visitors for winter fun. Best of all, the Skateway conveniently winds through downtown Ottawa and vibrant neighbourhoods. This epic urban skating…
Skiing and snowboarding in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region
Skiing and snowboarding in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region
January 11
From beginner-friendly and challenging cross-country ski trails, to exciting downhill ski and snowboard centres, the Ottawa-Gatineau region is a skier’s delight once the snow arrives! ! In winter, Canada’s capital offers unparalleled access to snow sports within the city and in the nearby wilderness, including the famous Gatineau Park. No matter your skill level, you’ll enjoy these skiing experiences in Canada’s capital region! CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Gatineau Park Just a 20-minute drive…
Top Indoor Activities in Ottawa to Warm You Up This...
Top Indoor Activities in Ottawa to Warm You Up This...
January 11
Ottawa is well known for its lively winter activities like skating on the world-famous Rideau Canal Skateway, cross country skiing in Gatineau Park and enjoying ice sculptures and snow slides during the annual Winterlude festival. But when you need to warm up, there are tons of tasty, tropical, relaxing and fun things to do indoors. Here are a few of Ottawa’s best indoor activities this winter season. Good eats Start with a…
Best ice skating experiences in Ottawa
Best ice skating experiences in Ottawa
January 8
Ottawa is an epic destination for fun winter activities – especially ice skating in the great outdoors. Where else can you glide along the world’s largest skating surface (in the city centre, no less), twirl on a refrigerated ice rink at a historic site, or carve your way along skating trails in the wilderness? We’ve gathered some of the most magical skating experiences you can enjoy in Canada’s Capital Region,…