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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!
July 18
July continues with great events happening across Ottawa! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning July 19, 2018: Garden lovers can take guided tours of Ottawa with the Lee Valley Garden Promenade Guided Tour! Experience more than 40 gardens on the bus departing every Saturday until the beginning of September from the corner of Metcalfe and Sparks Street. Check out more fun garden…
Medieval Europe – Power and Splendour
Medieval Europe – Power and Splendour
July 11
The Canadian Museum of History is Canada’s most visited museum for good reason – it’s home to the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, the largest exhibition about Canadian history, and it also houses the Canadian Children’s Museum. And this year, it’s the only place in North America where you can immerse yourself into the Middle Ages during the special exhibit Medieval Europe – Power and Splendour. Come explore…
Different ways to experience the Rideau Canal in Ottawa
Different ways to experience the Rideau Canal in Ottawa
July 10
When in Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a major attraction that weaves its way gracefully through Ottawa’s charming downtown core. Discover the many ways you can explore this scenic waterway all year-round – along its banks, on its water and on its Skateway. BY LAND Bytown Museum The best way to start your Rideau Canal journey is to…
Going Out in Ottawa
Going Out in Ottawa
July 9
Canada’s capital awakens when the sun goes down! If you’re looking to go out in downtown Ottawa, the ByWard Market neighbourhood is where you want to be. Home to local farmers, artisans and boutiques during the day, this area becomes the epicenter of Ottawa’s nightlife after dark. Whether you’re into country, Latin music, house or Jazz, one of “the Market’s” countless bars and clubs will have a scene for you. Dance…
Souvenir and Gift Shopping in Downtown Ottawa
Souvenir and Gift Shopping in Downtown Ottawa
July 6
Throughout Ottawa, there are countless unique shops and boutiques where you can find the perfect souvenir or gift for your loved ones – or for yourself! From Canadian-made clothing and jewellery, to indigenous arts and crafts, to local craft beer and preserves, here are some of the best places to find those memorable items you’re looking for: Handmade finds and fresh food at ByWard Market Square The brick building located…
A summer of retro fun at the Casino du Lac-Leamy
A summer of retro fun at the Casino du Lac-Leamy
July 5
This summer, the Casino du Lac Leamy goes retro! Step back in time to the good old days and enjoy the Casino’s retro-themed ambiance, cocktails, games, performances, and more. Fabulous fifties Dust off your poodle skirts and grow your sideburns! Thursdays through Saturdays between June 28 and July 21, the 1950s are all the rage at the Casino du Lac-Leamy. Enjoy a rockabilly vibe, diner-inspired décor, Rock N’ Bowl in…