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  • Located in the heart of the Glebe, Lansdowne is a historically rich venue that has long been a big part of Ottawa’s identity. The redeveloped Lansdowne is now home to an 18-acre park, farmers’ market, shopping and more. Also located at Lansdowne is TD Place, home of the Ottawa RedBlacks and Ottawa 67’s.

  • TD Place at Lansdowne is the new home of Ottawa REDBLACKS and Ottawa 67’s. Ride any OC Transpo or STO bus to any TD Place event — just show your paper ticket or your e-ticket confirmation to the operator.

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  • Currently housed in the building are 26 independent arts organizations. Arts Court is home to a group of Ottawa’s professional arts producers and presenters including: the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Dance Directive, SAW Gallery, SAW Video, and Club SAW. A historic landmark downtown Ottawa, Arts Court continues to evolve as a vibrant hub for artists and audiences alike.

  • Billings Estate National Historic Site

    Billings Estate National Historic Site: Get There

    The Billings Estate National Historic Site is a museum that showcases the history of one of Ottawa’s founding families.

  • Bytown Museum

    Bytown Museum: Get There

    Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the BYTOWN MUSEUM explores the stories of an evolving city and its residents from its early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa. The Museum is located at the Rideau Canal’s Ottawa locks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel — one of the most picturesque sites in the city.

  • ByWard Market

    ByWard Market: Get There

    Located in Lowertown, the ByWard Market is surrounded by some of Ottawa’s most popular attractions such as the National Gallery, the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill. Boasting over 88 restaurants, 23 night clubs and a local farmers market, it averages around 50,000 visitors per weekend.

  • Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

    Canada Agriculture and Food Museum: Get There

    The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is a museum and working farm that offers exhibits about Canada’s agricultural past and present.

  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum

    Canada Aviation and Space Museum: Get There

    When the Canada Aviation and Space Museum first opened at Uplands Airport in Ottawa in 1960, it presented one of three major collections owned by the Canadian government.

  • Canada Science and Technology Museum

    Canada Science and Technology Museum: Get There

    The Canada Science and Technology Museum focuses on the role science plays in Canadian society.

  • Canadian Museum of History

    Canadian Museum of History: Get There

    One of Canada’s oldest public institutions and a respected centre of museological excellence, sharing expertise in history, archaeology, ethnology and cultural studies

  • Canadian Museum of Nature

    Canadian Museum of Nature: Get There

    The Canadian Museum of Nature is a natural history museum in Ottawa and is is affiliated with the Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and the Virtual Museum of Canada.

  • The Canadian Tire Centre hosts all the home games of the Ottawa Senators. It is also the platform for musical artists.

  • Canadian War Museum

    Canadian War Museum: Get There

    The Canadian War Museum houses exhibits focused on Canada’s military past.

  • Central Experimental Farm

    Central Experimental Farm: Get There

    The Canada Agriculture Museum is living proof of the “Green Capital”. In fact, Ottawa is the only world Capital that has a working farm at its heart - the Central Experimental Farm.

  • Centrally located in Ottawa's downtown core, City Hall is split into two sections. A new main entrance on Laurier Avenue and a heritage wing from the 19th century on Elgin Street.

  • Confederation Park

    Confederation Park: Get There

    As one of the Capital’s main event parks, Confederation Park is the site of special activities associated with events such as Winterlude, the Canada Day celebrations and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. During non-event times, Confederation Park is an urban oasis where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy downtown core.

  • Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

    Cumberland Heritage Village Museum: Get There

    The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is a multi-building historical museum depicting rural Canada in the 1920s and 1930s.

  • Located in the heart of Ottawa, Dow’s Lake is a popular destination throughout the year and boasts some of the most exciting seasonal events. Thousands of people congregate there in the winter for the Winterlude festival, and in the summer it becomes a fully functional marina with recreational equipment available for rent; including canoes, kayaks and paddleboats.

  • With its close proximity to the airport, hotels and only 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa, the EY Centre is perfectly located to attract new business, entertainment and sporting events to Ottawa.

  • Great Canadian Theatre Company

    Great Canadian Theatre Company: Get There

    Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company, or GCTC for short, was established in 1975 by a group of professors and graduate students at Carleton University.

  • Hog’s Back Park

    Hog’s Back Park: Get There

    Hog's Back Park is the ideal place for a quiet afternoon picnic and has a concession stand for snacks. Take a stroll through the park and enjoy its natural beauty and the views of Hog's Back Falls and the Rideau River.

    The Park was developed in the 1950s and extends over 20.8 hectares. It is located on Hog's Back Road and Riverside Drive in Ottawa.

  • La Cité

    La Cité: Venue Info
  • Located in the heart of the Glebe, Lansdowne is a historically rich venue that has long been a big part of Ottawa’s identity. The redeveloped Lansdowne is now home to an 18-acre park, farmers’ market, shopping and more. Also located at Lansdowne is TD Place, home of the Ottawa RedBlacks and Ottawa 67’s.

  • Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada

    Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada: Get There

    The Laurier House is the former residence of Sir Wilfred Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King, which is now a historical venue.

  • LeBreton Flats

    LeBreton Flats: Get There

    LeBreton Flats is one of the largest festival sites in Ottawa and is named after John LeBreton, a native of the Channel Islands and a prominent officer in the British army. Acquired by the National Capital Commission in 1962, the land is now used for a variety of events.

    Located in a picturesque spot by the Canadian War Museum and the Ottawa River, this wide expanse of land is a perfect venue for festivals like Bluesfest.

  • Library and Archives Canada (formerly National Archives of Canada)

    Library and Archives Canada (formerly National Archives of Canada): Get There

    Library and Archives Canada houses a vast collection of government records, archives and library material.

  • Preston Street is known as Corso Italia – the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy. The area is famous for its Italian heritage and events and has served as the first home for Ottawa’s Italian population in the past, present and future.

  • Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe

    Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe: Get There

    Located in Nepean near Baseline Station, the theatre is situated at Ben Franklin Place and can seat over 900 people. A multitude of talent has graced its stage including artists like Christopher Plummer, Sarah McLachlan, the Harlem Gospel Choir and Blue Rodeo.

  • Home to great summer events such as the Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival and HOPE Volleyball Summerfest. Site of the Terry Fox Stadium.

  • National Arts Centre (NAC)

    National Arts Centre (NAC): Get There

    Located between Elgin Street and the Rideau Canal, the NAC sits in the heart of Ottawa and is home to the internationally acclaimed 61-member National Arts Centre Orchestra. It is the only multi-disciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America, and hosts a variety of artistic events such as the Canada Dance Festival, concerts and theatrical performances.

  • National Gallery of Canada

    National Gallery of Canada: Get There

    Created in 1880, the National Gallery is among Canada’s oldest national cultural institutions. Designed by famed architect Moshe Safdie, the Gallery’s current building opened in 1988.

  • Nepean Museum

    Nepean Museum: Get There

    The Nepean Museum is a community-focused museum dedicated to preserving and communicating Nepean’s rich history.

  • Ottawa International Airport

    Ottawa International Airport: Get There

    The Ottawa International Airport is Ottawa’s main airport.  Rapid route 97 serves YOW around the clock, 7 days a week. 

  • Parliament Hill

    Parliament Hill: Get There

    Located downtown and overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is one of Ottawa’s most recognizable landmarks. It is the heart of Canada’s government and the focal point of national celebrations such as Canada Day. The grounds are open to visitors, and guided tours are available daily.

  • Rideau Hall offers tours and hosts many events throughout the year.

  • Royal Canadian Mint

    Royal Canadian Mint: Get There

    The Royal Canadian Mint’s headquarters is located in a historic building in downtown Ottawa.

  • The Shaw Centre is located on Colonel By Drive, just south of Rideau Street, in the downtown core. This venue is used for a variety of events, including exhibits, conferences and meetings.

  • Shenkman Arts Centre

    Shenkman Arts Centre: Get There

    Opened on June 18, 2009, this is Ottawa’s only multidisciplinary arts facility offering services and programs in both English and French. The Centre, which is located in Ottawa East, is a creative hub where artists and audiences meet to create and explore the arts.

  • Sparks Street Mall

    Coming to The Sparks Street Mall is always an event. Throughout the year the mall plays host to a variety of outdoor events. In June teams from Canada and the United States compete in the Chicken and Rib Cook Off and in August it’s the Buskers featuring performers from all over the world. It all culminates with a celebration of Lights on the Mall at Christmas. So whatever your pleasure there will no shortage of events to entertain on the Sparks Street Mall.

  • TD Place at Lansdowne is the new home of Ottawa REDBLACKS and Ottawa 67’s. Ride any OC Transpo or STO bus to any TD Place event — just show your paper ticket or your e-ticket confirmation to the operator.

  • The Gladstone

    The Gladstone: Get There
  • uOttawa

    uOttawa: Venue Info
  • Vanier Museopark

    Vanier Museopark: Get There

    The Vanier Museopark is a francophone museum dedicated to preserving the French-speaking history of Ottawa.

  • Via Rail Station (Tremblay Road)

    Via Rail Station (Tremblay Road): Get There

    The Via Rail Station is the main point of departure in Ottawa for travel by train.

  • Wesley Clover Parks

    Wesley Clover Parks: Get There

    Wesley Clover Parks, or simply The Parks, is an outdoor recreation and learning hub spanning 500 acres of Ottawa’s Greenbelt, just a short trip west of downtown