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.

4 THINGS TO DO IN OTTAWA (JANUARY 03 - JANUARY 12)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

October–March • event

Southern Ontario has a few good spots to watch aurora borealis

Rideau Canal Skating Season

Rideau Canal Skating Season

January–February • activity

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

Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill

Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill

unconfirmedSummer 2022 • event

A unique multimedia performance in a beautiful historical setting

Magic of Lights

Magic of Lights

unconfirmedNovember 2021–January 2022 • event

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

16 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

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

Canadian Tulip Festival

Canadian Tulip Festival

out of rangeMay 14–24, 2021 • event

One of the largest tulip festivals in the world

Casino du Lac‑Leamy Sound of Light Show

Casino du Lac‑Leamy Sound of Light Show

out of rangeAugust 7–21, 2021 • event

Five amazing pyrotechnic performances over the Ottawa River

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

out of rangeSeptember 2–6, 2021 • event

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

Annual Great Glebe Garage Sale

Annual Great Glebe Garage Sale

out of rangeMay 22, 2021 • event

Find your hidden treasure among thousands of collectibles and antique items

Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day Fireworks

canceledJuly 1 • event

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

Ottawa PoutineFest

Ottawa PoutineFest

out of rangeApril 28–May 2, 2021 • event

Try endless variations of Canada's national dish

Ottawa Ribfest

Ottawa Ribfest

on holdlate Jun 2021 • event

A pure heaven for meat lovers

New Year Celebrations

New Year Celebrations

out of rangeDecember 31–January 1 • 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

Ottawa Gatineau Auto Show

Ottawa Gatineau Auto Show

unconfirmedmid-March 2022 • event

The largest auto show in the Canadian capital

Summer Solstice Indigenous  Festival

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

out of rangeNovember 1, 2020–June 30, 2021 (Virtual Marketplace) • event

Celebration of Inuit, First Nations and Métis heritage

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

out of rangeFebruary 10–14, 2021 (online event) • event

A colorful festival to brighten up the winter gloom

Glowfair Festival

Glowfair Festival

on holdmid-June 2021 • event

Art and block parties like nothing you've seen before

Sparks Street PoutineFest

Sparks Street PoutineFest

on holdlate April 2021 • event

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

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