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Best time to visit Ottawa

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Best time of year to visit Ottawa

In terms of beautiful weather and reasonable tourist flow, the best time to visit Ottawa runs from March to May and from September to November. These periods boast a lot to do and see outdoors. Rates are affordable during these months, and that makes a good option for tourists on a tight budget. Spring is known with numerous poutine festivals—Ottawa Poutine Fest and Sparks Street Poutine Fest in particular while fall is so charming with its trees in orange, yellow and red. June through August is a busy season with throngs of tourists and skyrocketing prices. But if you are a daredevil and plan Ottawa for your summer vacation, try not to miss the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on the grounds of Rideau Hall. Winter in Ottawa might be suitable for ice-skaters; however, the time between December and February can be chilly so winding through Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks in a warm car sounds like a plan.

2 THINGS TO DO IN OTTAWA (AUGUST 09 - AUGUST 18)

Casino du Lac‑Leamy Sound of Light Show

Casino du Lac‑Leamy Sound of Light Show

August 6–20, 2022 • event

Five amazing pyrotechnic performances over the Ottawa River

Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill

Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill

July 7–September 5, 2022 • event

A unique multimedia performance in a beautiful historical setting

20 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Canadian Tulip Festival

Canadian Tulip Festival

out of rangeMay 13–23, 2022 • event

One of the largest tulip festivals in the world

Winterlude

Winterlude

out of rangeFebruary 4–21, 2022 • event

Check out the ice on the largest skating rink in the world along with other fun winter activities

Annual Great Glebe Garage Sale

Annual Great Glebe Garage Sale

out of rangeMay 28, 2022 • event

Find your hidden treasure among thousands of collectibles and antique items

Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 1 • event

Canada Day in the capital city is marked by the greatest firework display of the year

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

out of rangeSeptember 1–5, 2022 • event

Dozens of balloons of all shapes and colors are launched at the amusement park

Ottawa Ribfest

Ottawa Ribfest

out of rangeJune 1–5, 2022 • event

A pure heaven for meat lovers

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

out of rangeOctober–March • event

Southern Ontario has a few good spots to watch aurora borealis

Ottawa PoutineFest

Ottawa PoutineFest

out of rangeApril 28–May 1, 2022 • event

Try endless variations of Canada's national dish

Ottawa Gatineau Auto Show

Ottawa Gatineau Auto Show

unconfirmedMarch 2023 • event

The largest auto show in the Canadian capital

Rideau Canal Skating Season

Rideau Canal Skating Season

out of rangeJanuary–February • activity

Let yourself skate along the largest naturally frozen ice rink in the world

New Year Celebrations

New Year Celebrations

out of rangelate December–early January • event

Despite the cold weather, it's a great occasion to go out and enjoy celebration throughout the city

Fireflies

Fireflies

out of rangelate June–early July • nature

The lightning bugs illuminate the summer evenings in the wilds of Southern Ontario

Summer Solstice Indigenous  Festival

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

out of rangeJune 21–26, 2022 • event

Celebration of Inuit, First Nations and Métis heritage

Magic of Lights

Magic of Lights

unconfirmedmid-November 2022–early January 2023 • event

Wind through the sparkling tunnels of one of Ottawa's best light displays

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

unconfirmedlate June– late August 2021 • event

A solemn and colorful spectacle at the Parliament Hill

Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration

unconfirmedJanuary 22, 2023 • event

A colorful festival to brighten up the winter gloom

Richmond Fest

Richmond Fest

out of rangeSeptember 8–11, 2022 • event

Do you want to have fun? Read this article and pack your things

Glowfair Festival

Glowfair Festival

on holdJune 14–15, 2019 • event

Art and block parties like nothing you've seen before

Sparks Street PoutineFest

Sparks Street PoutineFest

on holdApril 23–26, 2020 • event

Three blocks of the most delicious and unusual varieties of Canada's favorite dish

Ottawa Comiccon

Ottawa Comiccon

out of rangeSeptember 9–11, 2022 • event

The premier popular culture convention in Ontario

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