Things to Do in Ottawa

Are you planning a vacation to Ottawa? Perhaps you’re passing through on business and will have a bit of time on your hands.

Well, the good news is Ottawa is a happening town. There are plenty of things to do in Ottawa, no matter what you’re in the mood for. We have festivals, museums, fabulous restaurants, bars and even a casino nearby.

There are so many things to do in Ottawa that we were unable to fit them on one page! Instead, we’ve broken them down by season.

In Ottawa, seasons really mean something. Each season has its distinct weather, feel and attractions.


In Ottawa, summer means heat. It means sunscreen and beaches. But it also means Bluesfest, CityFolk and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

Yes, Ottawa is home to some of the best music festivals in the world. And all of them are easily accessible from our location at The Business Inn & Suites.

And of course, if you’re in town in July, Canada Day is something not to be missed. Start your Canada Day celebrations right from the door of The Business Inn & Suites – we’re that close to Parliament Hill and other downtown festivities!

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In fall, Ottawa’s many trees paint the city shades of yellow and red. It’s the perfect time to tour the city’s natural beauty, and to appreciate the splendid parks and lush wildlife that intermingle with our urban landscape.

Also, if you’re in town for Remembrance Day, the ceremonies take place at the top of Elgin Street, just a few blocks from The Business Inn & Suites.

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Winter in Ottawa can be chilly. Luckily, there are always the Winterlude festivities to warm us up. Winterlude is an annual celebration of all things winter, and many of its events take place near The Business Inn & Suites.

If you’re a skier or snowboarder, you’ll have to check out the excellent ski resorts close to Ottawa.

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Springtime in Ottawa brings flowers. And flowers bring the Tulip Festival. A festival that celebrates the arrival of spring, the Tulip Festival features tulip displays, local music and plenty of natural splendour.

Read about more things to do in Ottawa in the spring.