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Alive with celebration

Ottawa is a destination alive with celebration, beginning each year with February’s Winterlude, continuing through May’s Canadian Tulip Festival, heating up July 1 with the biggest Canada Day celebration in the country, and going all-out with headliner summer music festivals.  Plus, canal skating in the winter!

Ottawa

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Adventure right downtown 

Wilderness Tours’ Ottawa City Rafting running half-day white-water rafting trips within view of Parliament Hill on the Ottawa River. 

Canada’s most iconic site 

It’s not a trip to Ottawa without a visit to Parliament Hill. In the morning, see the Changing of the Guard. With its own regimental band and pipers, it’s quite the scene! For the full capital experience, come back in the evening for the Northern Lights Sound & Light Show.  

For every season 

For each season there is a different way to experience the Rideau Canal. Walk along the canal’s scenic banks or take a relaxing cruise on its waters. During the winter the canal becomes the world’s largest skating rink.  

Renowned cultural attractions 

Explore seven national museums including the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, ancient dinosaur fossils and aviation artifacts. 

The oldest and largest farmers’ market in Canada 

Stroll through Byward Market for fresh food, crafts, maple syrup, souvenirs, unique restaurants, clubs and shops. 

Freshflavourful and drool worthy creations 

Ottawa’s diverse culinary scene is making a name for itself in Canada and abroad. There are over 1300 farms located within the city limits and the resulting local products are used by many Ottawa chefs. Check of the restaurants here.