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April 2017 Events in Ottawa

Find out what’s happening in Ottawa during the month of April 2017.  Read More

Sparks Street Downtown Ottawa's Linear Town Square

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Ottawa’s Best New Restaurants

Restaurant critic Anne DesBrisay reveals her list of the top 10 best new restaurants in Ottawa.  Read More

March Break 2017 Activities in Ottawa

Bring the family to enjoy these March Break activities in and around Ottawa!  Read More

Red Bull Crashed Ice Slams Into Ottawa

Imagine the world’s best athletes competing for the ultimate title during the final showdown on the iconic locks of the Rideau Canal, overlooking Parliament Hill and the famous Chateau Laurier.  Read More

Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival

The first-ever ice dragon boat race in North America; teams use ice-sticks to propel dragon boats outfitted with skates across the frozen Rideau Canal!  Read More

Five date ideas to enhance your Valentine’s Day weekend

Whether you’re on a budget or on a spending spree, here are five Valentine's Day date suggestions for you to ponder.  Read More

Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival Celebrates Season of Snow

From February 3 to 20, 2017, celebrate winter in Canada’s Capital during three fun-filled weekends in February, which is known as the Winterlude festival! There are so many things to see and do that celebrate Ottawa’s enchanting snow-covered season.  Read More

Cross-Country Skiing in Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park has one of the largest networks of cross-country ski trails in North America. You will find over 50 trails, varying in difficulty (rated from easy to most difficult). Enjoy classic cross-country skiing and skate skiing in a beautiful conservation area, located just minutes from downtown Ottawa.  Read More

Best Toboggan Hills in the Ottawa-Gatineau Area

With snow on the way, we have compiled a list of the best toboggan hills in the Ottawa and Gatineau area.  Read More

On Stage this January 2017 in Ottawa

Check out what’s happening on stage this month in Ottawa.  Read More

Ottawa 2017: Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday

This will be the biggest Canada Day celebration the country has ever seen! But the fun will not be limited to July 1. From new exhibitions at Ottawa’s national museums, to special performances and exciting technological installations in Ottawa’s downtown core, special events will be taking place all year long.  Read More

The National Gallery of Canada Reveals the Past, Celebrates the Present, and Probes the Future

The strength of the National Gallery of Canada lies in its collection of art, especially Canadian art, and its accessibility to the public across the country.  Read More

New Years Eve 2017 Parties in Ottawa

There is no shortage of parties happening in the nation’s capital to help ring in the new year. Here are some popular options.  Read More

Where to Find Cheese Shops in Ottawa

The best place to get cheese is still a specialist cheese shop. There you can get the best quality, expert advice and sample before you buy. This is where to shop for cheese in uptown Ottawa.  Read More

Christmas 2016 Events in Ottawa

Here is an extensive list of the 2016 Christmas activities in Ottawa and the surrounding area.  Read More

Ottawa’s Rideau Canal the World’s Largest Skating Rink

Every winter, from roughly January to late February or early March, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal is transformed into the world’s largest outdoor skating rink.  Read More

Toy Drives in Ottawa Share the Spirit of the Christmas

The Ottawa area has several big toy drives run by reputable organizations that help to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive a gift during the holiday season.  Read More

Where to Find Special Occasion Cards and Stationery in Ottawa

These specialty card and stationery stores in Ottawa can help you to find the perfect card for the occasion or life milestone with large selections of brands and styles.  Read More

Top Three Ottawa Christmas Markets and Craft Sales

Go local this holiday season and check out one of our favourite Christmas markets in Ottawa.  Read More

Halloween Events for All Ages in Ottawa

Although Halloween falls on the 31st of October each year, there are spooktacular celebrations and fright-filled festivities happening all month long around the city.  Read More

Find a Pumpkin Patch Near Ottawa

What better way to enjoy this special time of year with the family than by heading to a local farm or orchard for some fresh air, outdoor activities, animals, fruit picking, hay rides, gourmet goodies, to select the perfect pumpkin for Halloween.  Read More

Get Your Candy Fix at These Ottawa Stores

If you are hosting a party for your friends, or contributing to the office festivities, and you want to impress them, we recommend stepping it up from the usual grocery store classics. Buy a few gourmet or vintage treats from one of these candy stores.  Read More

The Best Bakeries in Ottawa

We recommend picking up your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie (or perhaps you prefer apple) at one of these Ottawa bakeries. Don’t forget to order ahead for holidays.  Read More

Two Ottawa Restaurants in the Running for EnRoute’s Best New Restaurant 2016

Among the 35 contenders from across the country are two notables from Ottawa; demonstrating that Ottawa’s food scene is alive and garnering both national and international attention.  Read More

The Best Day Spas in Ottawa

Discover one of Ottawa’s best day spas and book yourself in for a little bit of me time. Your body and mind will thank you for it in the short term and the long term.  Read More

CityFolk Festival 2016 Lineup

CityFolk, the rebranded CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival is back at Landsdowne Park from September 15 to 18 for four days of music, dance, storytelling, and crafts. Find out who is playing.  Read More

Bar Laurel Brings a Bit of Spain to Ottawa

Bar Laurel is named for a street in Logrono, Spain famous for its tapas bars. Not surprisingly then, its menu features pintxos (one-bite foods), tapas and wine.  Read More

What To Do Labour Day 2016 Weekend in Ottawa

Check out some of the events happening Labour Day weekend 2016 in Ottawa.  Read More

Ottawa’s ByWard Market

Ottawa’s ByWard Market is the city’s premier destination for shopping, dining, arts and entertainment. Located east of the government and business district, bordered by Sussex Drive, Mackenzie Avenue, Cumberland Street and Rideau Street, ByWard Market is spread over an area of approximately four city blocks.  Read More

North and Navy Inspired by Northeast Italian Traditions

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Ottawa's Arboretum Festival Returns to Albert Island

The Arboretum Festival returns to Ottawa’s Alberta Island for its fourth year with an exciting line up of musical acts, art installations, talks, parties, food and more.  Read More

Best Bike Shops in Ottawa

Going to one of the best bike shops in Ottawa is the best way to get expert advice on the right fit for you.  Read More

Where to rent a car in Ottawa

Find a place to rent a car that meets all of your needs and budget.  Read More

Major’s Hill Park First Park in Nation’s Capital

Major’s Hill Park is the nation’s capital’s first park. In use as a residential area for workers building the Rideau Canal in 1826.  Read More

Where to Buy Men’s Suits in Ottawa

Whether you are looking for a high-end designer suit or a trendy mid-range ensemble, these men’s wear stores are the perfect place to find men’s suits in Ottawa.  Read More

Where to Find Coin Op Car Washes in Ottawa

Ottawa has several coin-op car washes with multiple bays so that you can conveniently wash your car by hand and vacuum the interior to ensure that your car is spotless and scratch free every time.  Read More

The Ottawa River an Historic Life Line to Valley People

The Ottawa River is one of the most scenic and historically important rivers in North America.  Read More

Five Best Picnic Spots in Ottawa

We have chosen what we think are the five best picnic spots in Ottawa for your picnicking pleasure.  Read More

Ottawa Splash Pads Keep Kids Cool for Summer

One great way to keep them cool, while playing this summer, is to take them to your local splash pad for lots of fun activities in a public, family environment where they can meet new friends and spend the day running, splashing and squealing with delight.  Read More

The Guide to Kid-Friendly Canada Day Fun in Ottawa

If you are looking for more kid-friendly Canada Day activities to keep them happy, there are a slew of free events happening in Major’s Hill Park and Jacques Cartier Park in downtown Gatineau that are more suitable for kids ages 3 to 12.  Read More