10 Reasons to head to Ottawa ASAP

Now (maybe more than ever?) Canada's capital deserves all the likes

Now (maybe more than ever?) Canada's capital deserves all the likes


As you may have heard, Canada topped many a travel list this year for best place to visit, and no wonder. If there was ever a time to celebrate your true patriot love by exploring our great land, you might want to make this year the year; in 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday with added incentives and attractions galore. Our nation's capital has more than come into its own when it comes to chic accommodations, a hot food scene, fun shopping and sights.

You won't be the only one planning on visiting Ottawa this summer — get ready for some crowds! — but with all of the amazing reasons to go right now, we still think it's worth it. Here are our top ten reasons head to the celebratory city this summer.

It has a hot, new boutique hotel

If your design tastes veer more toward modern, you will love the ultra stylish Andaz Hotel Byward Market. This boutique hotel proudly boasts the highest rooftop patio in the city, and its design has incorporated elements of Canadiana in tasteful ways, including copper design elements, artwork in the rooms and throughout the property from Canadian artists, and bathroom amenities from Ottawa natural bath and body company Purple Urchin.

The CF Rideau Centre's been revamped

Thanks to a $360-million renovation and expansion of the mall last year the Rideau Centre is a worthy shopping destination filled with on-trend heavy hitters like Simons and Nordstrom.

Feel tiny when faced by La Machine

The young and young at heart will get a kick out of the world renowned supersized creatures from France that will turn part of downtown Ottawa into an outdoor theatre as part of the 150th celebrations.

Cool, indie shops where you can shop local


Head to to Victoire for cute, feminine pieces (think quirky-charming but still office-appropriate) that you won't see being worn by everyone and their BFF. And since paying tribute to Canada is the theme of the year, a visit to Goods will be the only stop you need for cool Canadian souvenirs — not the tacky variety but rather stylish goods made here at home.

Delight in the element of surprise with Ignite 150

This 150th birthday year has Ottawa planning 17 epic stunts that will pop up around the city, making a spectacle of areas of of the capital with breathtaking, memorable experiences. To find out about them so you don't miss out, download the O2017 app (and check social media, too!).

Elegant eats at at Riviera will delight your posh little heart


Riviera rivals any hot spot in major cosmopolitan centres with its stunning decor and delicious.dishes. A cavernous bank building has been transformed into one cool, speakeasy-esque space, and the menu is just as sophisticated. Craft cocktails will tease the tastebuds as you wait for plates with inventive ingredient combinations, such as tuna crudo garnished with puffed quinoa and grilled octopus with shishito peppers and romesco sauce.

Fulfill your craving for art at Inspiration Village

After visiting the National Gallery of Canada, if you're looking for more art, for Canada's big 1-5-0, Inspiration Village is an art hub composed of sea containers at Byward Market running from May until September where you'll find exhibits highlighting the country's provinces and territories. Think sound studio, food demos and fun photo opps.

Your foodie leanings will be happy thanks to Feast + Revel


The dishes at this restaurant are based on Canadian cuisine and ingredients, incorporating the multicultural flavours that make up Canada. Dive first into pillowy bannock with apple butter to start, before moving onto substantial mains such as elk rib or roasted chicken from Ferme Reveuse in Curran, Ontario.

Dine up in the air (and we're not talking about on an airplane)

Again, as part of the country's big birthday year, you can eat dinner suspended 150 feet in the air if you dare during the month of July at the Sky Lounge. Satisfy your taste for adventure (YOLO!) and earn bragging rights while also satiating your taste buds.

Experience the lights and sounds of Kontinuum

For 10 weeks, launching late June, go underground at Lyon Station to experience a multimedia virtual journey that showcases the city's soon-to-come Light Rail Transit in a fantastical way.