150 Ottawa Activities and Attraction

Exploring Ottawa

National Museums

  1. Tour of Parliament Building
  2. Museum of Nature
  3. National Art Gallery
  4. Museum of Science and Technology
  5. Canadian War Museum
  6. Canadian Museum of History
  7. Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
  8. Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
  9. Royal Canadian Mint
  10. Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum
  11. Bank of Canada Museum
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Local Museums

  1. Billings Estate National Historic Site
  2. Watson’s Mill
  3. Nepean Museum
  4. Bytown Museum
  5. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
  6. Fairfields Heritage House
  7. Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
  8. Vanier Museopark
  9. Osgoode Township Museum
  10. Goulbourn Museum

Places to Explore Downtown

  1. Parliament Hill
  2. Byward Market
  3. Major Hill Park
  4. Sparks Street
  5. Rideau Canal
  6. Corkstown Bridge Love Locks

Family Attractions / Events

  1. Change of Guard
  2. High Tea at Chateau Laurier
  3. Pirate Adventure
  4. Ottawa River Boat Ride         
  5. Haunted Walk of Ottawa 
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Day Trips Within an Hour from Ottawa

  1. Bonnechere Caves
  2. Parc Omega
  3. Upper Canada Village
  4. Mont Cascades Water Park
  5. Gatineau Caves
  6. Saunders Farm
  7. Karter’s Korner Go Karts
  8. Logos Land Resort
  9. Pembroke Heritage Murals Walking Tour
  10. Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush

Spring and Summer Festivals and Special Events

Festivals and Events

  1. Tulip Festival
  2. Inspiration Village
  3. Franco Ontarian Festival
  4. Escapade Music Festival
  5. RCMP Musical Ride
  6. MosaiCanada 150
  7. Canada Day Celebrations
  8. Cirque Du Soleil – Volta
  9. Casino Du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light
  10. CityFolk Festival
  11. Blues Fest
  12. Ottawa Children’s Festival
  13. Ottawa Fringe Festival
  14. Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
  15. Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill
  16. Glowfaire Festival
  17. Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
  18. Jazz Festival
  19. Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
  20. Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival
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Multicultural Festivals

  1. Ottawa Italian Week Festival
  2. Ottawa Lebanese Festival
  3. Ottawa Asian Fest – Chinese Night Market
  4. Ottawa Greek Festival
  5. Indonesian Festival

Living Like a Local

Family Indoor Attractions

  1. Xtreme trampoline
  2. Funhaven
  3. Cosmic Adventures
  4. Kids Kingdom
  5. Midway     
  6. Clip ‘N Climb
  7. Sky Zone
  8. Altitude Gym

Family Outdoor Attractions

  1. Calypso Water Park
  2. Valley view Little Animal Farm


  1. Andrew Hayden Park
  2. Gatineau Park
  3. Dow’s Lake
  4. Garden of The Provinces
  5. Brewer Park

Beaches with Lifeguards

  1. Britannia Park and  Beach
  2. Westboro Beach
  3. Mooney’s Bay Beach
  4. Petrie Island Beach

Where to Stay

Downtown Ottawa Hotels

  1. Andaz Ottawa Byward Market
  2. Albert at Bay Suite Hotel
  3. Alt Hotel Ottawa
  4. Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  5. Courtyard by Marriott
  6. Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites
  7. The Westin Ottawa
  8. Ottawa Marriott Hotel
  9. Lord Elgin Hotel
  10. Delta Hotels by Marriott
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Hotels in Ottawa Area


  1. Brookstreet Hotel
  2. Town Place Suites by Marriott


  1. Hampton Inn by Hilton
  2. Hilton Garden Inn


  1. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Ottawa East

Food and Drink


  1. Vittoria Trattoria
  2. Allium
  3. Blue Cactus
  4. Gazelling
  5. Atelier
  6. Zen Kitchen
  7. Occo Kitchen
  8. Fraser Cafe
  9. NeXT
  10. Aperitivo

Satisfying your sweet tooth

  1. La Brioche
  2. Moo Shu Ice Cream
  3. Beavertails Hut
  4. Rideau bakery
  5. Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana
  6. Le Moulin de Provence
  7. Boko Bakery 26
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Mommy Time

Top 10 Day Spas

  1. York Street Spa
  2. The Spa
  3. Au Naturel Spa
  4. Holtz Spa
  5. Renu Spa Urban Retreat
  6. Strathmere Day Retreat and Spa
  7. Carte Blanche Haute Coiffure
  8. Serenity Salon and Spa
  9. March House Spa
  10. Le Nordique

Biggest Shopping Malls

  1. Tanger Outlets
  2. Bayshore Shopping Centre
  3. Rideau Shopping Centre
  4. St. Laurent Shopping Centre
  5. Carlingwood Shopping Centre
  6. Place D’Orleans

Unique Shopping Districts

  1. Chinatown
  2. The Glebe
  3. Little Italy
  4. Ottawa Trainyards
  5. Sparks Street 
  6. Westboro

Favourite websites to find everything you need to plan your visit to Ottawa

  1. Ottawa Festivals
  2. Ottawa Tourism
  3. Ottawa 2017 – Festivities
  4. City of Ottawa – Visitor Guide
  5. Ottawa Start – List of events
  6. Ottawa Kids
  7. Kids in the Capital
  8. Savvy Mom  – Ottawa
  9. To Do Canada – Ottawa
  10. Narcity – Ottawa
  11. BONUS: Lonely Planet – Ottawa
  12. BONUS: Government of Canada – Ottawa

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31 thoughts on “150 Ottawa Activities and Attraction”

  1. Travel blogs are starting to be my latest obsession mainly because of all the information that you guys include. Perfect to just come to one blog with all the info thank you so much!!

    • It is truly an amazing place. I love playing tourist here (even though it’s my home town 🙂 )

  2. I could not afford to travel yet outside Asia but looking forward to explore other parts of the world. The photos you posted made me feel like I was there already. Of the festivals you posted, I got excited the most with the Tulip Festival. I love that flower so much.

  3. This is the most comprehensive Ottawa guide i’ve read and its cool. Every needed info is here! You can already make your own guide book 🙂

  4. Sounds like you could never get bored in Ottawa. If we ever visit I know we would love the history museums. My husband is a fan of history. The Tanger outlets would be on my list. I love shopping anywhere I go.

  5. I think on my last (and only trip) to Ottawa in 2010 I only done 3 or 4 of the things in this list! The city has so much to offer, but I cant wait to get back out there next year 🙂

  6. We’re really looking forward to visiting Canada. Looks like Ottawa has plenty to offer. Great guide with tons of info. Thanks!

  7. I have always wanted to visit Ottawa. I’d love to check out the shopping malls and even some of the bakeries. I’d also love to visit Ottawa during a time when there is a festival going on. I enjoy going to festivals.

  8. This was such a thorough guide! I truly appreciate the effort that you put into making sure you left nothing out, and now I feel like I must visit Ottawa! Your photos are stunning as well

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