Ottawa is the capital of Canada.  Located in the Ottawa Valley in the eastern portion of  Ontario, the city lies on the south eastern banks of the Ottawa River, a major waterway forming the local boundary between the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec.  Ottawa is integrated into the National Capital Region with significant tourist attractions in Gatineau Quebec.

Rich in history the Ottawa capital region has much to offer – The Tulip Festival, Jazz Festivals, Museums, the Ottawa Senator’s, Wintertlude, skiing in Gatineau Park, or skating on the Canal the worlds longest rink—The Ottawa area is a must visit for all Canadians and new visitors to Canada.

Distance from Toronto:
– 279.83 miles

Driving time from Toronto:
– 4 hours, 53

Spring/Summer Festivals & Events in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario. The Tulip Festival kicks off Spring in Ottawa during May with more than one million tulips blooming from Commissioners Park at Dow’s Lake along Queen Elizabeth Drive to Parliament Hill and across the Ottawa River in Mackenzie King Estates in Gatineau Park, Quebec. This has been a part of our Canadian heritage and bond with the Netherlands.

Other Spring festivals include the Victoria Day Festival, Ottawa International Children’s Festival, the Ottawa Marathon, Canada Dance Festival, Italian Week of Ottawa, Carnival of Cultures, Westfest, Festival Franco Ontarien, Ottawa Fringe Festival and Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival.

Summer festivals include the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Unisong Canadian Choir Festival, Canada Day Arts Festival, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, the Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill, HOPE Volleyball Summerfest, Ottawa Turkish Festivals, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Rideau Canal Festival, Ottawa Lumiere Festival, Ottawa Greekfest, Ottawa Folk Festival, SuperEx and Ottawa Regage Festival.

For information on Ottawa festival events please click here.

Accommodations in the Ottawa Area




Attractions in the Ottawa Area

The Canadian Museum of Civilization
Includes the Canadian Postal Museum and the Canadian Children’s Museum.

Ottawa Valley

Algonquin Park

Outdoor Experiences

Fall in Ottawa and Ottawa Valley

For latest fall colour (color) changes please see Fall Colours Leaf Changes Ottawa Region

Ottawa Area Tourism Information

Official City Web Site: City of Ottawa

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