Ottawa-Gatineau in 2017

Join us in Ottawa-Gatineau for Canada’s 150th!  Experience the sights, sounds and celebrations that make our capital region so special.


Parliament Hill

Home to Canada’s national government and overlooking the mighty Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is the setting for colourful events and national celebrations throughout 2017. Whether you take in the morning Changing of the Guard ceremony or the nightly Sound and Light show, the parliamentary grounds are a public gathering place like no other. Book a tour of the parliament buildings for a first-hand look at the hot seat of Canadian power and politics.

Canadian Tulip Festival

Every May, capital city sidewalks, parks and grasslands become carpeted in colour with the annual blooming of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Ranked the largest tulip festival in the world, it offers visitors the chance to enjoy close to one million colourful tulips in bloom around the city. In 2017, check out some of the 300,000 spectacular red and white tulips resembling the Canada flag on display as part of sesquicentennial celebrations.

Museums, Arts & Culture

Ottawa is home to countless national and civic museums, galleries and cultural attractions, including the famed National Arts Centre, National Gallery of Canada, War Museum and Canadian History Museum. Take a walk through the downtown core or across the river and discover a world of history, art and culture awaiting you at every turn.

Sports and Entertainment

World class sports teams and concert venues are cropping up all over the city these days, from the massive Canadian Tire Centre in nearby suburb of Kanata to the recently opened TD Place at Lansdowne Park in the downtown core, Ottawa offers an entertainment scene to appeal to every taste. Who knows, the Sens might even make the playoffs to help the capital celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial just right!

Nightlife, Food and Drink

Ottawa boasts a bustling nightlife and restaurant scene to rival the most cosmopolitan of Canadian cities. With award-winning chefs, restaurants and Canada’s only Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute, the city has become one of the province’s premiere culinary tourism destinations. Be sure to check out the nearby ByWard Market area for great food and drink.

Outdoor Activities

From walking, cycling and rowing along the Rideau Canal, to hiking in the Gatineau Hills and whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River, there’s never a shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy in the National Capital Region. So, don’t forget to pack your walking shoes and exercise gear for a chance to take advantage of the many fun, invigorating experiences during your time in the capital city.