About Ottawa and Festivals

Ottawa Info and Events


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 Ottawa Info

Ottawa Canada's Capital currently has a population of just over 1 million, and is expected to grow significantly in the future.


Free / Low cost Events in Ottawa:

The Ottawa Fringe Festival (June) offers up-and-coming talent for roughly $8 per show (even cheaper per show if you purchase a multiple-show pass). www.ottawafringe.com
The Great Glebe Garage Sale is an annual event in late May sponsored by the Glebe Community Association. Hundreds of families in the upscale neighbourhood known as "the Glebe" participate. Plan to get there early to get the best bargains.

The  Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival (June) is a colourful two-day event that combines the excitement and competition of dragon boat races, multicultural food and entertainment, community spirit and charitable fundraising. www.dragonboat.net

Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill-the only place to be on July 1 if you're Canadian, or even if you're not. Free concerts, short speeches by politicians ,air shows, the Musical Ride, maple leaf "tattoos," face painting, fabulous fireworks, and great fun.

 International Museums Day features many exciting exhibits and events  May 18. On this day, many Ottawa museums usually offer free admission. 
Doors Open offers free admission to hundreds of architecturally or historically interesting buildings over two days. See embassies, churches, and much more (June) www.ottawa.ca/doorsopen

There's a free, bilingual Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill after dark - July through August. Images are projected onto the Parliament Buildings.

Christmas Lights Across Canada: The program lights up in early December and stays lit until early January. Hundreds of thousands of lights decorate Confederation Boulevard, which winds through downtown Ottawa and neighbouring Gatineau, illuminating federal attractions, historic sites and other locales.

Winterlude. Every February, Canada's Capital Region is host to Winterlude, North America's greatest winter festival. Three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family. From spectacular ice carvings to an amazing playground made of snow, Winterlude is a great way to take in the best of our Canadian winter. For a list of activities, go to www.canadascapital.gc.ca/winterlude







Ottawa has been ranked high in terms of quality of life, based on many factors, including low crime rates, environmental cleanliness, public services, political stability, and socio-economic conditions.

Ottawa is home to 12 national museums devoted to Canadian art, nature, science and technology, aviation, war civilization and more. Also of interest are the Royal Canadian Mint and the Byward Market, which is constantly buzzing with people visiting the many restaurants, shops and pubs.

The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony, Nepean Symphony Orchestra and Kanata Symphony are Ottawa's finest when it comes to classical music, yet the city indulges in tunes of every type to please even the most finicky patron.

Ottawa has a fine selection of Parks city wide for family picnics, fun in the sun activities and outings for children of all ages. Gatineau Park offers ski trails in the wintertime and swimming pools, hike trails, bicycle paths and picnic grounds.
Skiing is a favorite pastime in Ottawa. One will never be alone traveling down the likes of Edelweiss Valley, Vorlage, Mont Cascades, Camp Fortune or Mont Ste. Marie.

Job-wise, Ottawa is also the place to be. According to Statistics Canada, "Job growth, for the most part, has occurred in industries and occupations that tend to pay higher-than-average weekly wages.