the country’s capital city, Ottawa is best known as being home to the
seat of federal government. But behind that façade lies an
architecturally stunning city with a unique combination of urban and rural
experiences. From cultural performances at the National Arts Centre
to street performers in the Market, the ambiance in Ottawa is ever changing.
Festivals, sporting events and exhibits at over 29 local museums present
visitors and residents alike with a wonderful menu of things to see and
do. The changing seasons offer highlights as well – spring, with
over 3 million tulips in bloom, summer, with an action-packed festival
and event schedule; fall, with the beautiful changing colours, and in
winter, the world’s largest skating rink.
Looking at Ottawa’s history, its very origins lie in meeting and trading.
This holds true today as Ottawa has become one of Canada’s top destinations
to hold a meeting, convention or incentive gathering. Not only
is Ottawa a major national centre for high technology, biotechnology
and medical research, it is also home to over 1,000 associations.
Other essential ingredients for success include Ottawa’s location in
one of the most beautiful settings in the country with easy accessibility,
a variety of meeting facilities, excellent tourism infrastructure, and
proximity to the federal government.
Choose from these About Ottawa Categories:
We’re closer than you think! Ottawa
is easily accessible by air, rail and highway.
Ottawa is famous for the amount of activities
that you can do while staying here.
- Calendar Highlights
Lots of stuff to do in Ottawa with events
happening at all times of the year.
- Canada Customs
Make sure you know the customs and excise
requirements before coming to Canada.
- Discount Travel
Before coming to Ottawa, make sure you
have the Ottawa discount card.
A destination that showcases Canada’s
Your entertainment options in Ottawa
are limitless with activities for all ages.
Ottawa celebrates in every season! Celebrations
of food, music and cultural traditions.
“Ottawa” was adapted from
an Indian word, Outaouak. Find out more about our history.
- Ottawa Attractions
“Top 10” list of Ottawa-area
attractions, as rated by our visitors!
- Ottawa Living
Staying for awhile? Find Ottawa real
estate and apartment information here.
- Quick Facts
Little tidbits about Ottawa that you
might want to know... populations, area, holidays, etc.
Some information on taxes for visitors
and residents of Ottawa.
Test your knowledge of Ottawa and read
about our "Ddid you know?" section.