Ottawa Tourism | Tourisme Ottawa



Tour Times Newsletter


Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic showcase city located in Ontario at the Quebec border. In this city of one million people, you’ll hear English and Frenchand many other languages-spoken in the streets. Here you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks; immerse yourself in culture at worldclass national museums and galleries; indulge in unique cuisine, shopping and nightlife; and enjoy the great outdoors in the heart of the city.

If you’re a client of Ottawa Tourism’s Travel Trade, Convention or Media departments, take advantage of our new Attractions Passport. Developed for clients who want to explore the Capital on their own rather than on an organized FAM, the Attractions Passport lets you explore national museums and attractions at your own pace. Order it and we’ll sent it via email. It’s good for the entire duration of your stay in Ottawa, and valid for one industry professional and a guest.


The Canadian Museum of History has begun construction of its all-new Canadian History Hall, which will replace the former Canada Hall on the top level of this impressive national museum. The new Canadian History Hall will open July 1, 2017—Canada’s 150th birthday—and feature 4000 square metres or half of the Museum’s permanent exhibition space. More information is available on the Museum’s website.


Ottawa Tourism’s Destination Planner’s Guide is packed with useful information and tips to help you plan and run memorable, successful FIT and group tours. We’ve compiled the best of everything the Capital has to offer—from where to eat to where to sleep to what to do—to make planning your trip to Ottawa a whole lot easier. Follow the link below to view our Destination Planner’s Guide!


The Changing the Guard Ceremony has been renamed to Changing of the Guard—which many have mistakenly called it for years. This colourful and dramatic ceremony goes back 55 years, and happens at 10 am daily on Parliament Hill from late June through late August. Viewing the performance is completely free of charge, and spectators are encouraged to arrive on Parliament Hill by 9:45 am for best viewing.


Ottawa is proud to have been selected as the host city for One Young World 2016. This annual international gathering of young world leaders is expected to bring up to 1300 delegates from 190 countries to the Capital to debate and discuss global issues. Previously held in Zurich, Pittsburgh, Johannesburg, the event takes place this year in Dublin and next year in Bangkok.


The FIFA Women’s World Cup is a very big deal in the world of sporting events, and next July it’s coming to Ottawa with other matches to be played in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Moncton. FIFA Women’s World Cup will feature the 24 best women’s soccer teams in the world. In total, 52 matches will be played over 30 days from coast-to-coast. Ottawa’s all-new TD Placeat Lansdowne will host nine matches from June 7 to 26, including a semi-final game.

SCHEDULE FOR GAMES IN OTTAWA (subject to change)
Sunday, June 7
Thursday, June 11
Wednesday, June 17
Saturday, June 20
Monday, June 22
Friday, June 26


  • The downtown Rideau Centre shopping centre has launched a $360 million re-development project that will continue through 2016. Twenty-eight new stores will be added including J.Crew, Victoria’s Secret, Simons and Nordstrom.
  • Ottawa’s recently re-developed Lansdowne features a refurbished stadium, hockey arena, large urban park and a mixed-use area that includes shops, offices and residences. There will also be 360,000 sq.ft. of retail shopping opening by summer 2015.
  • Bayshore Shopping Centre is undergoing a $200-million investment, boosting the centre’s retail area by 160,000 square feet. This development, includes the addition of an H&M, Brown Shoes and Zara, and is slated for completion in 2015.
  • Tanger Outlets Ottawa is coming to the city’s west end this fall. There will be 80 stores including leading brand name stores like Michael Kors, Nike and Ralph Lauren.
  • Bass Pro Shops Kanata outlet mall is scheduled to open next to the Tanger Factory Outlet Mall on 50 acres in the Fall of 2015.


Watch Centre Block on Parliament Hill come to life during Mosaika. This exhilarating sound and light show tells Canada’s story, a journey that takes the audience through the country’s vast landscapes and expansive cultures. Presented in both English and French, and combining lively projections that set the Hill ablaze with bright colours, the spectacle promises a whole new storyline for 2015.


Patty Boland’s Irish Pub & Eatery is a favourite Irish Pub & Eatery located in the heart of Ottawa.

Steak Modern is a new 120 -seat establishment is located in the ByWard Market.

East India Company is a family business that has built a solid reputation of consistently good food and warm personalized service.

Le Moulin de Provence in the ByWard Market Building is known for its impressive array of baked goods. It is also a great place for a quick bite, or a to sit down with a group of friends.

Dunn’s Famous Deli is a diner-style chain of restaurants founded in 1927 where you can dine in or take-out.


The new Residence Inn Marriott Ottawa Airport, 120 suites celebrates its one-year anniversary in November. ottawa-airport

Le Groupe Germain will open the 149-room Alt Hotel Ottawa in 2016.

Ottawa developer Claridge has begun work on a new hotel and condo development in the ByWard Market district.

A new Hampton Inn is under construction near Ottawa International Airport and is scheduled to open in late 2014.

Hilton Garden Inn is adding 100 rooms, slated to open in early 2015.


Wilderness Tours is offering a rafting experience within 20 minutes of the city centre called Ottawa City Adventures. A 2-3-hr family friendly low adventure whitewater rafting experience on the Ottawa River for ages 6-65.


RIDE THE RAILS WITH VIA RAIL CANADAConvenient, comfortable and affordable, Canada’s passenger train service—VIA Rail—is a great travel choice that offers numerous daily departures to Ottawa from all major cities in southern Ontario and southern Quebec. Ottawa’s Central Station is just minutes east of downtown, and a satellite VIA Rail station is located to the west of the city at Fallowfield-Barrhaven.


Ottawa Tourism has moved into an all-new building at 150 Elgin Street, Suite 1405, Ottawa, ON Canada K2P 1L4. We can still be reached at the same telephone number: 613-237-5150 and our fax remains the same at 613-237-7339.