What To Do
Ottawa is blessed with an abundance of attractions that will enliven your visit no matter the time of year. Bask in the city’s wealth of historic landmarks — from the iconic Parliament Buildings to the Rideau Canal — all located within its downtown core; marvel at the architectural wonders that house national museums and galleries, before taking in their world-class exhibitions; and, soak in Ottawa’s natural beauty, the perfect backdrop for your next outdoor adventure. And round out those experiences with activities that will excite your kids during the day, food that will comfort or surprise (depending on your mood), and nightlife that sparkles.
As the country's Capital, Ottawa offers visitors a wealth of quintessentially Canadian experiences.
Rural Ottawa and the surrounding areas of Eastern Ontario offer fascinating and fun sites, attractions and activities.
From quiet and intimate to busy and happening, there's something for everyone, with lots of options for evening entertainment.
Check our searchable Event Calendar to find out what's happening when you're in the Capital.
Ottawa is truly a child-friendly city, with lots for families to see and do year-round.
Ottawa is a city of celebration, offering visitors a year-round calendar of festivals and special events.
Ottawa museums and galleries invite visitors to experience the best of Canada all in one place.
Unique Ottawa neighbourhoods offer distinctive shopping, dining and nightlife experiences across the Capital.
Ottawa’s fine selection of spas and retreat destinations will leave you feeling refreshed and fabulous.
Ottawa is a natural for sports fans and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Ottawa is filled with Capital sights and attractions – and just about as many ways to explore and see them.
Ottawa is an open, welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) visitors.