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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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Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
August 17
Summer fun in Ottawa continues this weekend! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from August 18-20, 2017. Catch one of the final performances of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on Parliament Hill, which wraps up on Thursday, August 24. This is the last full weekend to catch the ceremony! FREE! Head to the plaza in front of the Capital Information Kiosk located…
Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard
 
July 10 to August 24, 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.…
Experience Ottawa The Amazing Race Canada Way
Experience Ottawa The Amazing Race Canada Way
August 8
Competitors from The Amazing Race Canada visited a few of Ottawa’s best sites and attractions during episode 6 of season 5, and we can help you follow in their footsteps! Read on for our tips on how to experience the beautiful and exciting locations the racers visited in Canada’s Capital – without the cut-throat competition and fear of being eliminated by Jon Montgomery! Ottawa City Hall and the Ottawa 2017…
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of History
 
Gorgeous architecture and world-renowned exhibitions convene to create Canada’s most-visited museum. Located on the banks of the Ottawa River — with a stunning view of Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, and downtown Ottawa — the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) provides detailed insight into 20,000 years of human history. Let your eyes wander high into the sky as you take in the world’s…
First-Ever All-Star Baseball Game Hits a Home Run with Ottawa...
First-Ever All-Star Baseball Game Hits a Home Run with Ottawa...
August 1
(Almost) Major League baseball It was a historic night for baseball fans at the first-ever professional baseball All-Star game held in Canada’s Capital. Featuring the Can-Am League versus the American Association League, the 2017 All-Star game was held at Ottawa's RCGT Park, home of the Ottawa Champions. Starring top players from both leagues, the 2017 All-Star game began with a pre-game tribute to former Ottawa Mayor, Jim Durrell, an appearance…
La Machine – Giant Creatures Roam Downtown Ottawa in Summer...
La Machine – Giant Creatures Roam Downtown Ottawa in Summer...
 
July 27-30, 2017 In late July, two enormous mechanical creatures from La Machine – a fire and smoke-breathing dragon called Long-Ma, as well as a water-spraying spider called Kumo – will walk through Ottawa’s downtown core. Throughout the four days of July 27 to 30, 2017, crowds can take part in the free ambulant street theatre as the creatures perform scenes based on the story “The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse,…