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Whether your mood is for a crafted or classic experience, Ottawa caters to every taste. We are surrounded by nature and minutes away from hundreds of options for recreation, sports and entertainment—every day of the week! Our community strives to remove barriers, making our indoor and outdoor spaces more diverse, inclusive and accessible for all identities and abilities.

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Ottawa Attracts OUTDOOR Lovers

Surrounded by Greenspace and Water

  • Outdoor lovers flock to Ottawa’s Greenbelt, a collection of diverse protected lands and waterways that surround the city. This includes over 150 kilometres (93 miles) of nature trails, more than 1,000 parks, four beaches, and 430+ cross country ski trails.
  • Ottawa offers sweeping views of Rideau Falls (twin waterfalls), the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills. The historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, winds through the city centre. There are walkways, cycling paths and parkland on both sides, as well as boats and canoes that navigate through the canal. In winter, the Rideau Canal turns into the world’s largest skating rink.

Paths, Parks and Trails

  • Ottawa is a cyclist’s dream. In addition to 800 kilometres (497 miles) of recreational cycling paths, urban bike lanes make cycling an attractive commuting option for much of the year.
  • Ottawa is very dog-friendly, with dozens of options for on-leash and off-leash dog parks throughout the city.
  • Discover Confederation Boulevard, Ottawa’s ceremonial route that connects many sites and symbols of national significance: institutions like Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as museums, heritage sites, embassies, monuments, and parks.
  • Just a 15-minute drive from Ottawa’s downtown core is one of the largest networks of winter trails in North America! Gatineau Park features over 200 kilometres (124 miles) of cross-country skiing trails in the winter and hiking/biking trails in the summer!

Ottawa Has So Much WATER!

Water Sports and Adventure

  • There are three rivers that converge in Ottawa, making it the ideal place for a variety of watersports, including paddle boarding, canoeing, sailing, and kayaking. You can BYOB (bring your own boat), purchase a rental and/or sign up for lessons.
  • There are also many options for whitewater adventures (rafting, kayaking and more).

Ottawa Is a Winter PARADISE

Snow, Ice and Magic

Ottawa Is a Sports DESTINATION

Ottawa Is Home to STUNNING Museums and Galleries

History, Art and Culture

  • Ottawa is a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and from around the world. There is something for everyone: history, art and culture, photography, agriculture, military, children, banking, nature, science and technology, aviation and space, agriculture and food, and more. View a list of museums

Ottawa Hosts WORLD CLASS Festivals

The World Travels to Ottawa

  • Ottawa is home to over 100 annual festivals including:

Ottawa Loves Craft Beer, Wine, Cider, and Spirits—and FOOD!

Unforgettable Tastes

  • Ottawa has over 35 craft microbreweries to explore within one hour of downtown. From bus tours and events to craft beer friendly restaurants, Ottawa has cultivated a craft beer culture throughout the city. Overview of Ottawa’s craft breweries.
  • There are also many wineries, cider mills and distilleries in the Ottawa region, offering flavourful taste options during tours, in restaurants, or delivered to your front door.
  • Foodies are in for a treat! Ottawa boasts an eclectic culinary scene. Some of our award-winning chefs specialize in using only local, seasonal and/or Canadian ingredients. An online search will also give you access to many sites that rate and recommend restaurants. This includes the option to have the finest dining delivered to the comfort of your home.

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