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Gatineau Park: the brilliantly coloured fall leaves are absolutely breathtaking.
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival: hundreds of hot air balloons fill the sky each Labour Day Weekend.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies: at the National War Memorial on November 11th
Canadian War Museum: be sure to visit especially around Remembrance Day.
ByWard Market: One of Canada's oldest and largest public markets.
Ottawa Wine and Food Show: an annual favourite in early November.
Parliament Buildings: touring the Hill is interesting any time of year.
Christmas Lights Across Canada: dazzling light display on Parliament Hill and downtown from early December through early January.
Bell Capital Cup: The world's largest minor hockey tournament. Over 8000 atom and peewee players take to the ice right after Christmas.
Ottawa Senators: Exciting National Hockey League action at Scotiabank Place.
Rideau Canal Skateway: The world's largest naturally frozen skating rink – open daily, weather permitting, through late February or early March.
Winterlude: The first 3 weekends of February, with ice & snow sculptures, a giant snow playground, skating& more!
Taste of Winterlude: late January through late February, as the Capital's best restaurants create special menus to entice local residents to dine out.
Ottawa International Writers Festival: late April through early May, featuring top writers and thinkers from the world over.
Canadian Tulip Festival: tulips – millions of them – along with entertainment, ideas and fun in May.
Ottawa Race Weekend: over 30,000 participants take to the streets for Canada's largest marathon and shorter races, the 3rd weekend in May
Ottawa International Children's Festival in late May – music, performing arts and fun for families.
Franco Ontarian Festival: celebrate French culture in Ontario in mid-June.
Canada Dance Festival: a pan-Canadian, cross-cultural gathering of dance artists at the National Arts Centre and other venues.
Changing the Guard on Parliament Hill: pomp and pageantry, mornings from late June til late August
Sound and Light Show: projected nightly onto the Parliament Buildings in the summer.
Canada Day: the country's annual birthday bash on July 1. Descend on Parliament Hill for fun, food, entertainment and fireworks.
Summer Music Festivals: the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and more – all featuring big name acts and performers from around the world.
ByWard Market: Shop, explore and dine at one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets.
Sound of Light Fireworks Competition: Fireworks experts from around the world compete for top honours.
Dominion Arboretum & Ornamental Gardens: at the Central Experimental farm. Canada's oldest arboretum with 10,000 kinds of plants, trees and flowers.