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.

3 THINGS TO DO IN OTTAWA (FEBRUARY 06 - FEBRUARY 15)

Winterlude

Winterlude

February 05–21, 2021 • event

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

Rideau Canal Skating Season

Rideau Canal Skating Season

January–February • activity

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

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

October–March • event

Southern Ontario has a few good spots to watch aurora borealis

17 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Canadian Tulip Festival (Festival Canadien des Tulipes)

Canadian Tulip Festival (Festival Canadien des Tulipes)

May 14–24, 2021 • event

One of the largest tulip festivals in the world

Annual Great Glebe Garage Sale

Annual Great Glebe Garage Sale

May 22, 2021 • event

Find your hidden treasure among thousands of collectibles and antique items

Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day Fireworks

July 01 • event

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

Ottawa PoutineFest

Ottawa PoutineFest

April 30–May 03, 2020 • event

Try endless variations of Canada's national dish

New Year Celebrations

New Year Celebrations

December 31 • event

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

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

September 03–07, 2020 • event

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

Summer Solstice Indigenous  Festival

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

June 01–21, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Celebration of Inuit, First Nations and Métis heritage

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

July 06–August 24, 2020 • event

A solemn and colorful spectacle at the Parliament Hill

Fireflies

Fireflies

late June–early July • nature

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

Ottawa Gatineau Auto Show

Ottawa Gatineau Auto Show

March 19–22, 2020 (postponed) • event

The largest auto show in the Canadian capital

Ottawa Ribfest

Ottawa Ribfest

September 09–13, 2020 • event

A pure heaven for meat lovers

Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration

February 16, 2020 • event

A colorful festival to brighten up the winter gloom

Magic of Lights

Magic of Lights

November 22 2020–January 04 2021 • event

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

Casino du Lac‑Leamy Sound of Light Show

Casino du Lac‑Leamy Sound of Light Show

August 08–22, 2020 • event

Five amazing pyrotechnic performances over the Ottawa River

Sparks Street PoutineFest

Sparks Street PoutineFest

April 23–26, 2020 • event

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

Glowfair Festival

Glowfair Festival

June 14–15, 2019 • event

Art and block parties like nothing you've seen before

Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill

Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill

July 06–September 07, 2020 • event

A unique multimedia performance in a beautiful historical setting

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