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Things To Do

Ottawa offers activities for all ages throughout every season. Explore Canada’s rich history, experience endless outdoor adventures, or discover new favourite shops and attractions throughout the city. Fairmont Château Laurier is the ideal homebase for your next great Ottawa getaway.

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Attractions

As Canada’s capital city, Ottawa is home to many of the nation’s most famous and historically significant attractions. Discover renowned museums and art galleries, stroll through important parks, and see where world leaders live, meet, and work.

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Canadian Museum of History

Honoring 20,000 years of history, The Canadian Museum of History brings Canada's past and present to life.
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Parliament Hill

Touring through the Centre Block and Library of Parliament gives you a glimpse into modern Canadian government, while its Victorian Gothic Revival architectural details recall the grandeur of the past.
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National Gallery of Canada

The gallery is home to the impressive Rideau Chapel, a Neo-Gothic 19th century chapel that was deconstructed and rebuilt within the gallery.
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Festivals & Tours

Ottawa is a gathering place for leading festivals and tours all year long. Learn about the history of the city or plan your trip around one of the many annual gatherings. There’s always something happening in Canada’s capital.

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C’est Bon Cooking Tour

C'est Bon Cooking tours takes you on a gourmet journey through the National Capital's most intriguing culinary neighbourhoods.
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Canadian Tulip Festival

More than one million tulips line Ottawa's scenic drive along the historic Rideau Canal to the Parliament buildings and across the Ottawa River to the Outaouais.
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Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival will be sure to amaze kids and adults alike!
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Shopping & Neighbourhoods

From local independent retailers to luxury brands from around the world, Ottawa is a shopper’s paradise. Explore the many diverse neighbourhoods and discover friendly, welcoming service throughout the city. You may just find a new favourite item or the perfect souvenir.

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View of Byward Market from Andaz Copper Spirits and Sights bar at night

ByWard Market

ByWard Market is a charming district with a year-round farmer's market, where you can sample local maple candies and pick up fresh flowers.
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DaVinci inspired mural on Preston Street in Ottawa

Ottawa Neighbourhoods

Explore Ottawa's neighbourhoods.
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Sports & Entertainment

Catch diverse entertainment in some of Canada’s most renowned performance venues or cheer on Ottawa’s hockey, football, and soccer teams. Ottawa is a hub of sports and entertainment that attracts many of the world’s most famous performers.

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Cycle the City

Explore Ottawa’s 600 kilometers of cycling trails.
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National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre, Canada’s preeminent showcase for the performing arts, is home to the world-renowned NAC Orchestra and presents a diverse, bilingual program, including theatre, dance, and variety.
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TD Place

Come cheer on Ottawa's football and soccer teams at TD Place!