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All the Awesome Things to Do in Ottawa, Ontario

One of the largest cities in Canada is perfectly tucked within Central Ontario and is set along the shores of the Ottawa River. Here is where you’ll experience true North American hospitality and adventure like no other.

Explore local and national history, while amid scenic landscapes. Plan a visit to Parliament Hill and marvel at its historic Gothic Revival-style buildings. Take the kids to see Mosaika, a free lights and music show.

For you history buffs, head to downtown to visit the nearby National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Civilization. Sprinkle in some educational fun for the little ones at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Sports fans are in their element when visiting Ottawa as sports are a major draw. Be sure to check out a hair-raising, action-packed hockey game at the Canadian Tire Centre, home of the NHL's Ottawa Senators.

Plan to visit some of the best events and festivals in Canada that are praised by locals and visitors alike. An absolute must and worth every second of your time is February’s Winterlude offering live music, skating along the Rideau Canal, ice sculpture-building, and plenty of playtime at the Snowflake Kingdom Children's Playground.

Another fantastic event to check out is the ten-day TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival at the National Arts Centre hosting a ton of festivities on Canada Day too. Hop in and out of all sorts of venues from open-air to intimate studio spaces to large scale spots.

The Canadian Tulip Festival, RBC Royal Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, and the magical Christmas Lights Across Canada also make it to Ottawa’s action-packed calendar.

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