Ottawa Sizzles Year-Round

There’s never a lack of things to see and do in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. Snowmobile and snowbike racers flock to the SnowCross Championships (February 28-29). Hockey fans fill the stadiums to support the Ottawa Senators and Ottawa 67’s junior hockey team. Ski enthusiasts head to Gatineau Park or the Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail. Culture and history aficionados tour the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, the FREE! Ottawa Art Gallery, the Bytown Museum, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Ajagemô art space and the Bank of Canada Museum. Foodies go on tasting tours, attend the School of Fish offered by Pelican Seafood Market and Grill, take in the Canadian-themed dinner theatre called Oh Canada Eh?, and shop at the ByWard Market or NU Grocery. During warmer months, professional basket ball comes to Ottawa as the Ottawa BlackJacks join the Canadian Elite Basketball League. From May 8-18, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. From May 17 to September 16, scenic routes are closed to traffic on Sundays so cyclists and inline skaters can have free rein. From June 19 to July 1, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival entertains music lovers in Confederation Park in downtown Ottawa. In summer 2020, Interzip Rogers opens as the world’s first interprovincial zip line. Just a 15-minute drive north of downtown Ottawa, Camp Fortune is also introducing a luge with a vertical drop of about 130 metres (400 feet). Stay on top of all that’s happening in our Canadian capital here.

Cycle along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. (Ottawa Tourism)

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