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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

 

Parks

  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

West:

  1. Brookstreet Hotel
  2. Town Place Suites by Marriott

South:

  1. Hampton Inn by Hilton
  2. Hilton Garden Inn

East:

  1. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Ottawa East

 

Food and Drink

Restaurants

  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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25 Comments

  • Reply
    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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    Sarah
    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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    Danik
    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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    Becky
    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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    Jessica
    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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