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Ottawa venues play host to festivals, art events, musical performances, cultural activities and many more, and each offers a unique experience.
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Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration, is held in Ottawa–Gatineau each February. It was created in 1979 to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture.
Ottawa Tourism looks at our city from the visitor’s point of view … They are your “one-stop-shop” for information on accommodation, events, and landmarks around Canada’s Capital Region. OC Transpo and Ottawa Tourism make it easy to get to and from major events and attractions across the city.
Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the BYTOWN MUSEUM explores the stories of an evolving city and its residents from its early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa. The Museum is located at the Rideau Canal’s Ottawa locks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel — one of the most picturesque sites in the city.
Located in Lowertown, the ByWard Market is surrounded by some of Ottawa’s most popular attractions such as the National Gallery, the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill. Boasting over 88 restaurants, 23 night clubs and a local farmers market, it averages around 50,000 visitors per weekend.
When the Canada Aviation and Space Museum first opened at Uplands Airport in Ottawa in 1960, it presented one of three major collections owned by the Canadian government.
The Canadian Museum of Nature is a natural history museum in Ottawa and is is affiliated with the Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and the Virtual Museum of Canada.
Located in Kanata, the Canadian Tire Centre hosts all the home games of the Ottawa Senators and the Ottawa 67's. It is also the platform for musical artists such as Lady GaGa, Britney Spears and Neil Young. Check out the upcoming events below and get the Connexion 400 service departure times from the Transitway stations heading to Ottawa’s most fantastic venue - the Canadian Tire Centre
The Canada Agriculture Museum is living proof of the “Green Capital”. In fact, Ottawa is the only world Capital that has a working farm at its heart - the Central Experimental Farm.
Located in Nepean near Baseline Station, the theatre is situated at Ben Franklin Place and can seat over 900 people. A multitude of talent has graced its stage including artists like Christopher Plummer, Sarah McLachlan, the Harlem Gospel Choir and Blue Rodeo.
Ottawa City Hall is a downtown complex consisting of two connected buildings: a modern wing located on Laurier Avenue and a 19th century heritage wing located on Elgin Street. Although City Hall has frontage on two major streets, the main entrance is on Laurier Avenue, and the municipal address is 110 Laurier Avenue West.
As one of the Capital’s main event parks, Confederation Park is the site of special activities associated with events such as Winterlude, the Canada Day celebrations and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. During non-event times, Confederation Park is an urban oasis where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy downtown core.
Located in the heart of Ottawa, Dow’s Lake is a popular destination throughout the year and boasts some of the most exciting seasonal events. Thousands of people congregate there in the winter for the Winterlude festival, and in the summer it becomes a fully functional marina with recreational equipment available for rent; including canoes, kayaks and paddleboats.
With its close proximity to the airport, hotels and only 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa, the Ernst & Young Centre is perfectly located to attract new business, entertainment and sporting events to Ottawa.
Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre Company, known for short as GCTC, was established in 1975 by a group of professors and graduate students at Carleton University.
Hog's Back Park is the ideal place for a quiet afternoon picnic and has a concession stand for snacks. Take a stroll through the park and enjoy its natural beauty and the views of Hog's Back Falls and the Rideau River.
The Park was developed in the 1950s and extends over 20.8 hectares. It is located on Hog's Back Road and Riverside Drive in Ottawa.
Lansdowne Park is a multi-purpose venue which caters to a wide variety of events from trade and consumer shows to music performances, community events and national and international competitions.
Located in the heart of the Glebe, Lansdowne Park is a historically rich venue that has long been a big part of Ottawa’s identity. Originally used primarily for trade and consumers shows, it now hosts a variety of events year round, such as the Ottawa Farmers Market, the annual Food and Wine show and much more. Also located at Lansdowne is the Rona Centre, home of the Ottawa 67’s OHL hockey team.
LeBreton Flats is one of the largest festival sites in Ottawa and is named after John LeBreton, a native of the Channel Islands and a prominent officer in the British army. Acquired by the National Capital Commission in 1962, the land is now used for a variety of events.
Located in a picturesque spot by the Canadian War Museum and the Ottawa River, this wide expanse of land is a perfect venue for festivals like Bluesfest.
Preston Street is known as Corso Italia – the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy. The area is famous for its Italian heritage and events and has served as the first home for Ottawa’s Italian population in the past, present and future.
Centrally located in downtown Ottawa, Major’s Hill Park stands above the Rideau Canal where it joins with the Ottawa River, and is surrounded by some of Ottawa’s most prominent landmarks such as Parliament Hill, the National Gallery and the Chateau Laurier. Frequented all year-round, the park is used as a venue for events such as Canada Day and the Tulip Festival.
Home to great summer events such as the Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival and HOPE Volleyball Summerfest. Site of the Terry Fox Stadium.
Located between Elgin Street and the Rideau Canal, the NAC sits in the heart of Ottawa and is home to the internationally acclaimed 61-member National Arts Centre Orchestra. It is the only multi-disciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America, and hosts a variety of artistic events such as the Canada Dance Festival, concerts and theatrical performances.
Created in 1880, the National Gallery is among Canada's oldest national cultural institutions. Designed by famed architect Moshe Safdie, the Gallery's current building opened in 1988.
Located in the centre of downtown, the Ottawa Convention Centre is situated on Colonel By Drive, just south of Rideau Street. This facility is used for a variety of functions, including exhibits, conferences and meetings.
Located downtown and overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is one of Ottawa’s most recognizable landmarks. It is the heart of Canada’s government and the focal point of national celebrations such as Canada Day. The grounds are open to visitors, and guided tours are available daily.
Experience a living tribute to Canadian heritage and history.
Representing a colourful tradition and ceremony through the horse and the scarlet uniform, the RCMP created a spectacle known around the world as the Musical Ride. The Musical Ride provides Canadians, from coast to coast, with the opportunity to experience part of our heritage and national identity.
Rideau Hall offers tours and hosts many events throughout the year.
Opened on June 18, 2009, this is Ottawa’s only multidisciplinary arts facility offering services and programs in both English and French. The Centre, which is located in Ottawa East, is a creative hub where artists and audiences meet to create and explore the arts.
Coming to The Sparks Street Mall is always an event. Throughout the year the mall plays host to a variety of outdoor events. In June teams from Canada and the United States compete in the Chicken and Rib Cook Off and in August it's the Buskers featuring performers from all over the world. It all culminates with a celebration of Lights on the Mall at Christmas. So whatever your pleasure there will no shortage of events to entertain on the Sparks Street Mall.
Currently housed in the building are 26 independent arts organizations. Arts Court is home to a group of Ottawa’s professional arts producers and presenters including: the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Dance Directive, SAW Gallery, SAW Video, and Club SAW. A historic landmark downtown Ottawa, Arts Court continues to evolve as a vibrant hub for artists and audiences alike.