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150 Things to See and Do in Ottawa

Ottawa attractions for the whole family

Exploring Ottawa

National Museums

  1. Tour of Parliament Building
  2. Museum of Nature
  3. National Art Gallery
  4. Museum of Science and Technology
  5. Canadian War Museum
  6. Canadian Museum of History
  7. Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
  8. Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
  9. Royal Canadian Mint
  10. Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum
  11. Bank of Canada Museum

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Local Museums

  1. Billings Estate National Historic Site
  2. Watson’s Mill
  3. Nepean Museum
  4. Bytown Museum
  5. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
  6. Fairfields Heritage House
  7. Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
  8. Vanier Museopark
  9. Osgoode Township Museum
  10. Goulbourn Museum


Places to Explore Downtown

  1. Parliament Hill
  2. Byward Market
  3. Major Hill Park
  4. Sparks Street
  5. Rideau Canal
  6. Corkstown Bridge Love Locks


Family Attractions / Events

  1. Change of Guard
  2. High Tea at Chateau Laurier
  3. Pirate Adventure
  4. Ottawa River Boat Ride         
  5. Haunted Walk of Ottawa 

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Day Trips Within an Hour from Ottawa

  1. Bonnechere Caves
  2. Parc Omega
  3. Upper Canada Village
  4. Mont Cascades Water Park
  5. Gatineau Caves
  6. Saunders Farm
  7. Karter’s Korner Go Karts
  8. Logos Land Resort
  9. Pembroke Heritage Murals Walking Tour
  10. Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush


Spring and Summer Festivals and Special Events

Festivals and Events

  1. Tulip Festival
  2. Inspiration Village
  3. Franco Ontarian Festival
  4. Escapade Music Festival
  5. RCMP Musical Ride
  6. MosaiCanada 150
  7. Canada Day Celebrations
  8. Cirque Du Soleil – Volta
  9. Casino Du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light
  10. CityFolk Festival
  11. Blues Fest
  12. Ottawa Children’s Festival
  13. Ottawa Fringe Festival
  14. Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
  15. Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill
  16. Glowfaire Festival
  17. Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
  18. Jazz Festival
  19. Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
  20. Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival

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Multicultural Festivals

  1. Ottawa Italian Week Festival
  2. Ottawa Lebanese Festival
  3. Ottawa Asian Fest – Chinese Night Market
  4. Ottawa Greek Festival
  5. Indonesian Festival


Living Like a Local

Family Indoor Attractions

  1. Xtreme trampoline
  2. Funhaven
  3. Cosmic Adventures
  4. Kids Kingdom
  5. Midway     
  6. Clip ‘N Climb
  7. Sky Zone
  8. Altitude Gym


Family Outdoor Attractions

  1. Calypso Water Park
  2. Valley view Little Animal Farm



  1. Andrew Hayden Park
  2. Gatineau Park
  3. Dow’s Lake
  4. Garden of The Provinces
  5. Brewer Park


Beaches with Lifeguards

  1. Britannia Park and  Beach
  2. Westboro Beach
  3. Mooney’s Bay Beach
  4. Petrie Island Beach


Where to Stay

Downtown Ottawa Hotels

  1. Andaz Ottawa Byward Market
  2. Albert at Bay Suite Hotel
  3. Alt Hotel Ottawa
  4. Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  5. Courtyard by Marriott
  6. Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites
  7. The Westin Ottawa
  8. Ottawa Marriott Hotel
  9. Lord Elgin Hotel
  10. Delta Hotels by Marriott

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Hotels in Ottawa Area


  1. Brookstreet Hotel
  2. Town Place Suites by Marriott


  1. Hampton Inn by Hilton
  2. Hilton Garden Inn


  1. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Ottawa East


Food and Drink


  1. Vittoria Trattoria
  2. Allium
  3. Blue Cactus
  4. Gazelling
  5. Atelier
  6. Zen Kitchen
  7. Occo Kitchen
  8. Fraser Cafe
  9. NeXT
  10. Aperitivo


Satisfying your sweet tooth

  1. La Brioche
  2. Moo Shu Ice Cream
  3. Beavertails Hut
  4. Rideau bakery
  5. Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana
  6. Le Moulin de Provence
  7. Boko Bakery 26

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Mommy Time

Top 10 Day Spas

  1. York Street Spa
  2. The Spa
  3. Au Naturel Spa
  4. Holtz Spa
  5. Renu Spa Urban Retreat
  6. Strathmere Day Retreat and Spa
  7. Carte Blanche Haute Coiffure
  8. Serenity Salon and Spa
  9. March House Spa
  10. Le Nordique


Biggest Shopping Malls

  1. Tanger Outlets
  2. Bayshore Shopping Centre
  3. Rideau Shopping Centre
  4. St. Laurent Shopping Centre
  5. Carlingwood Shopping Centre
  6. Place D’Orleans


Unique Shopping Districts

  1. Chinatown
  2. The Glebe
  3. Little Italy
  4. Ottawa Trainyards
  5. Sparks Street 
  6. Westboro


Favourite websites to find everything you need to plan your visit to Ottawa

  1. Ottawa Festivals
  2. Ottawa Tourism
  3. Ottawa 2017 – Festivities
  4. City of Ottawa – Visitor Guide
  5. Ottawa Start – List of events
  6. Ottawa Kids
  7. Kids in the Capital
  8. Savvy Mom  – Ottawa
  9. To Do Canada – Ottawa
  10. Narcity – Ottawa
  11. BONUS: Lonely Planet – Ottawa
  12. BONUS: Government of Canada – Ottawa


150 Things to Do and See in Ottawa

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  • Reply
    Nicole Anderson
    February 19, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    OMG – I never knew Ottawa had so much to see and do. Canada is a truly wonderful country from what I have seen although I have only really seen the west coast. This post has given me a whole new take on Ottawa with the lists and links you have included…can’t wait to check these out more and eventually make it to see this city for myself.

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    Manjot Singh
    August 21, 2017 at 2:33 am

    You really done a good job

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    Rob Stiles
    July 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Ottowa is Packed! Laying all the attractions out like this makes it seem like you’d need weeks there to accomplish them all.

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    Carmen Edelson
    July 27, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Love lists like these. Ottawa looks like a fantastic place to explore, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Katie @ Zen Life and Travel
    July 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Wow, there seems to be a lot to do in Ottowa! I guess I need to add it to my travel list. Thanks!

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    Laura @ Sometime Traveller
    July 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve never thought of visiting Ottowa before but seems like there’s plenty to see and do there!

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    July 24, 2017 at 4:49 am

    We’re really looking forward to visiting Canada. Looks like Ottawa has plenty to offer. Great guide with tons of info. Thanks!

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    Jade Mortimer
    July 23, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    this is an amazing guide! if you printed this off you wouldn’t need to google anything! nice work!

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    Punita Malhotra
    July 23, 2017 at 9:41 am

    This is quite a comprehensive list of attractions in Ottawa. I had no idea there was so much in this city. It must have taken a lot of research.

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    July 23, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I think on my last (and only trip) to Ottawa in 2010 I only done 3 or 4 of the things in this list! The city has so much to offer, but I cant wait to get back out there next year 🙂

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    Beth Jarrett
    July 23, 2017 at 12:02 am

    What an amazing resource for visitors to Ottawa! The architecture of the buildings look so grand and beautiful!

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    June 29, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    These are a lot of activities, wow! Seems like there is a lot to do and explore in Ottawa! I would love to go there one day.

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    Pam Avoledo
    June 28, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    It’s such a beautiful city! I’ve been to Toronto but not Ottawa, Wow!

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    Zabrina Vogelsang
    June 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Wow, there is so much to do here! You’d need a solid chunk of time to really enjoy everything it has to offer. Such a beautiful place!

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    June 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Sounds like you could never get bored in Ottawa. If we ever visit I know we would love the history museums. My husband is a fan of history. The Tanger outlets would be on my list. I love shopping anywhere I go.

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    June 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I have traveled to Toronto but never to Ottawa, I need to put that on my list the next time I head to CA. Gorgeous pics 🙂

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    June 19, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Wow there is so much to do! I’m so looking forward to travelling Canada for the first time next year!

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    Blair villanueva
    June 19, 2017 at 5:12 am

    This is the most comprehensive Ottawa guide i’ve read and its cool. Every needed info is here! You can already make your own guide book 🙂

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    Roselle Cee Tee
    June 19, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I could not afford to travel yet outside Asia but looking forward to explore other parts of the world. The photos you posted made me feel like I was there already. Of the festivals you posted, I got excited the most with the Tulip Festival. I love that flower so much.

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    Jordan Hansen
    June 19, 2017 at 2:04 am

    I feel super prepared if I ever visit! Thanks for the great tips.

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    June 19, 2017 at 12:23 am

    I would love to go to one of the museums or take a stroll through the parks.

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    Aireona- Nightborn Travel
    June 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Amazing resources here! And I love the pictures. I really never knew anything about Ottawa before, but I am tempted to check it out now.

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    June 18, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Oh how I would love to live in some of those buildings.

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    June 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I’d love to go visit there some time! Very helpful post! Thanks!

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    June 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Travel blogs are starting to be my latest obsession mainly because of all the information that you guys include. Perfect to just come to one blog with all the info thank you so much!!

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