Things to do in Ottawa

Ottawa 2017

Ottawa 2017 celebrates Canada's 150th year with a year of big events, community celebrations, festials, experiences and legacy projects. See the events page of their website for events in July.

Points of Interest

On Thursday evenings, admission to the permanent exhibits of the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature is free from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is also free at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum offer free admission daily between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Parliament Hill

Rideau Canal

National Gallery of Canada

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian War Museum

Dow's Lake - canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding on the Rideau Canal. Click here for informaton on rentals.

Byward Market - shopping, dining, arts and entertainment.

Aviation Museum

Canadian Museum of History - includes a children's museum.

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Hiking and Walking

Gatineau Park in Gatineau, Quebec is just a short drive outside of downtown Ottawa. Once there, you can access 165 kilometers of hiking trails. Two of the most popular hikes are the 2.5km hike around Pink Lake (approximately 1 hour) and the 1.9km hike on King Mountain trail (approximately 45 minutes with 10 lookout points that have great views of Ottawa and the surrounding areas).

Ottawa's Greenbelt is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Eastern Ontario. There are over 150km of Greenbelt hiking and walking trails around the city.

The Ottawa River pathway and the Rideau Canal pathway both offer scenic views of landmarks, neigbourhoods and museums in Ottawa.

Eating and Drinking

The Byward Market is one of Ottawa's top attractions and a great place to eat and drink.

Click here to explore a list of some of Ottawa's best restaurants.

Ottawa has a fairly impressive craft beer scene. Some of the notable breweries are: Ashton Brewing Company, Big Rig Kitchen and Brewing Company, the Clocktower Brew Pub, Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. (located an hour outside of Ottawa), Beyond the Pale and Broadhead Brewing Company. Look for them on tap or visit them in person!