Welcome to Ottawa

What’s Up in Ottawa

Ottawa Pride Parade with Rainbow FlagSo, you’re probably wondering what there is to do in Ottawa when you’re not square dancing… Well the answer is: quite a lot!

Ottawa is Canada’s capital city and the seat of it’s government. It boasts a population of one million citizens and is known worldwide for its art and culture.

It also boasts a lively LGBTQ community that includes clubs and associations around the capital region.

From the monthly Ottawa Bears‘ brunches and regular bar nights to the Ottawa Senior Pride Network‘s workshops, bowling nights and dances.

Several sporting organizations such as the Rideau Speedeaus swim club, the Gay Ottawa Volleyball league and the Lesbian Outdoor Group make this community a very active and vibrant one.

Of course, we can’t forget the local gay square dance club, the Ottawa Date Squares!


Parliament is the seat of Canada’s government and there is a lot to see and learn about it including guided tours of its historic buildings as well as the nightly “Northern Lights” show.

Historic Sites

Canada’s capital features numerous historic sites, including the Rideau Canal which is breathtaking in summer and turns into the world’s longest skating rink in winter.


Ottawa hosts seven of Canada’s nine national museums as well as several other local museums that are well worth checking out during your visit.


While you’re in Ottawa, you should check out some of our LGBT bars like T’s Pub, The Lookout and Swizzles and visit the shops around the gay village (Bank and Somerset).

There are also tons of amazing shops and restaurants to explore in the Byward Market, literally steps from the host hotel.


Ottawa is filled with amazing green spaces to enjoy in the summer. You’d hardly think you’re in a world-class city at times. Hogs Back Falls and The Arboretum in town and Gatineau Park a short drive across the river will offer amazing vistas and tranquil nature settings to delight and amaze you.

Arts & Culture

Canada’s capital is home to some amazing art installations.

From historic statues and monuments to creative outdoor art installations, there is so much to see and do but don’t forget to visit the National Gallery of Canada to see the world-famous Maman giant spider and view some amazing paintings and sculptures.

Ottawa Tourism Video

Want to see more of what Ottawa has to offer? Check out this awesome video that was created by Ottawa Tourism. You’ll be reaching for your credit card to book your trip before the video ends!