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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!
March 20
Spring has arrived in Ottawa! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning March 21, 2019: It’s a busy weekend at Lansdowne with lots of fun events! Dance along to Rock of Ages on Thursday, March 21;  cheer on the Ottawa 67’s on Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24; get caffeinated at the very first Ottawa Coffee Fest on Saturday, March 23; and…
All aboard at the Casino du Lac-Leamy this spring
All aboard at the Casino du Lac-Leamy this spring
March 15
Spring isn’t the only thing in the air – there’s tropical entertainment at the Casino du Lac-Leamy during their Now Boarding theme! Travel on an exotic journey throughout the Casino on Friday and Saturday evenings from March 21 to April 27, 2019. High flying entertainment You’ll feel like you’re on vacation as you and sway to tunes by live bands and DJs. Plus, you can test your piloting prowess by…
Delicious vegetarian and vegan food in the Ottawa area
Delicious vegetarian and vegan food in the Ottawa area
March 5
The culinary scene in Canada’s capital is brimming with delicious cuisine, including popular vegetarian and vegan eateries. From healthy and raw, to hearty and indulgent, you’ll find meat-less options to suit all your cravings and dietary restrictions. Prepare your taste buds for these creative and satisfying vegetarian restaurants, cafes and bakeries located throughout the Ottawa area: Pure Kitchen When Pure Kitchen opened its first location in the trendy Westboro neighbourhood,…
St. Patrick’s Day-related events and activities in Ottawa
St. Patrick’s Day-related events and activities in Ottawa
March 4
From Celtic events, to beer-related festivities, to film festivals, Canada’s Capital loves to celebrate all things Irish in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. Soak up some Irish culture on and around St. Patrick’s Day at the following events and activities. Sláinte! Irish Night at the Canadian Tire Centre – February 24 The Irish Society of the National Capital Region invites you to catch exciting NHL hockey action between the Ottawa…
Special Exhibits
Special Exhibits
February 15
Special exhibits are always plentiful at Ottawa-area museums. Here are just a few of the current and upcoming temporary exhibits, in order of end date: Current Exhibits Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from The Metropolitan Museum of Art November 16, 2018 – March 17, 2019 National Gallery of Canada This exhibition is the first Canadian show devoted to Swiss-German artist illustrator and painter Paul Klee in nearly four decades. Explore…
Fun Events this Winter in Canada’s Capital
Fun Events this Winter in Canada’s Capital
February 7
Whether you embrace wintry outdoor activities like skating and snowshoeing, or prefer indoor experiences like beer festivals, shows or museums, there are countless ways to enjoy winter in Ottawa! We’ve gathered a selection of special events (in order of start date) that will keep you happy until spring. Live creatures at the museum: Oct. 6, 2018 – Apr. 28, 2019 Get up close and personal with live creatures of all…