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There is lots to see and do in Ottawa — check out the list below for just some of the options available during your stay.

For further information on the activities listed below and to learn about many more activities Ottawa has to offer, visit the Ottawa Tourism site as well as 2017 Celebration Calendar!

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Organized Conference Activities

2017 Golf Day

  • Thursday, June 8th, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $130.00
  • Location: GreyHawk Golf Club – 4999 Boundary Road Cumberland, ON K4B 1P5

This year’s golf tournament will take place at the beautiful GreyHawk Golf Club. AIC has negotiated a price that includes: Tee off time at 9:00am, green fee, power cart rental, driving range access and lunch for $130/person. Transportation will also be provided. Equipment rentals not included but can be arranged prior to June 8th.

At the 36-hole GreyHawk Golf Club on the eastern edge of the Ottawa, you can savour two distinctly different golf experiences in one great location.

Brewdonkey Brewery Tour

  • Sunday, June 11th, 2017
  • Time – 2:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Join us for one of Ottawa’s most talked about tours! Drinking craft beer in Ottawa is very exciting these days! New breweries are opening in and around the region regularly. Brew Donkey is your easiest (and safest) option for exploring craft in the Ottawa area. Their guided tours are both entertaining and informative, featuring “Behind the Scenes” tours and ample samples. Click here to find out more (
  • Tour will include a 4 hours with drop off back at the Shaw Centre
  • Cost: – $60
  • Pick Up Location: The Shaw Centre – Main Entrance

Exclusive to Ottawa

Guided Tours of Parliament Hill

Take a free guided tour and discover the history, functions and art of Canada’s Parliament! The iconic Centre Block is home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament. Tours are available free of charge daily, with exceptions. Schedules and tour routes are subject to change or cancellation without notice due to parliamentary activity. Groups of 10 or more visitors must book tours in advance.


Yoga on Parliament Hill

Ottawa is home to a unique and relaxing workout event known as Yoga on Parliament Hill, which takes place downtown every Wednesday at noon during the summer. Our iconic Parliament Buildings are situated atop a hill with large grassy expanses stretching out in front. The area makes for a great place to sit and have a picnic, do some people watching, or do yoga with hundreds of other people. At times, about a thousand people participate in a single class!

This event has something for everyone, the novice to the experienced. It provides you with a way to meet and connect with people all over Ottawa. If you are more on the novice side and are worried you won’t be able to follow along, don’t be, the instructor is an experienced yogi and takes you through step by step, all with a dash of humor that keeps you holding on through the hard poses. If you are looking for a unique, free, and calorie burning activity then this event is the one to attend.

Haunted Walks of Ottawa

Haunted Walks Inc. specializes in creating and sharing extraordinary experiences. We are best known for our award-winning evening walking tours by lantern-light of local ghost stories and darker history.



Canadian War Museum
The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally renowned for its symbolic architecture; it is synonym for inspiring and touching stories. Canada’s rich military history is showcased through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. Rest and reflect in Memorial Hall. Discover the Museum’s fascinating architectural theme. And chat with a veteran to let history come alive.


National Gallery of Canada

See Canada in one day through the World’s largest Canadian Art Collection. Every visit is unique because 1,200 art works are displayed on rotation and special exhibitions are presented throughout the year. Follow a tour, make art of your own, or stay for lunch and enjoy the spectacular views both inside and out! May through September: open daily; October through April: closed Mondays. Visit for details and holiday schedules.


Canadian Museum of History

Gorgeous architecture and world-renowned exhibitions convene to create Canada’s most-visited museum. Located on the banks of the Ottawa River — with a stunning view of Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, and downtown Ottawa — the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) provides detailed insight into 20,000 years of human history. Let your eyes wander high into the sky as you take in the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, walk through impressive life-sized recreations of Canadian settlements over the past 1000 years, and sit back to enjoy a CINÉ+ film. Have your little ones in tow? Well, the museum is also home to the Canadian Children’s Museum, filled with hands-on games and exhibits.


Canadian Museum of Nature

Canada is all about nature. The beautiful vistas and wildlife you expect to see, you WILL see at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Just minutes from Parliament Hill, the Museum features world class galleries: See iconic mammals, Canada’s original collection of dinosaur fossils; an enormous blue whale skeleton and more. 3D movies, special exhibitions, guided tours and workshops available. Group rates (min.15 ppl). Beautiful and dramatic venues for events. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.



Ottawa has a fabulous shopping scene all over the city. The following are some neighborhoods nearby. For detailed information on the shopping, Click here! (

CF Rideau Centre
Those who are looking for a shopping mall in the heart of the city will find exactly what they need at CF Rideau Centre. This massive indoor mall with 180 leading international and local retailers (and counting!) is perfect for visitors who want the big names in fashion, beauty and entertainment. With a total investment of $360M, renovations and expansion efforts are taking place until 2016

Byward Market

This neighbourhood is arguably one of the most famous attractions in Ottawa, including an outdoor public market, quality restaurants and great shopping. The ByWard Market district sits just east of Parliament Hill and is marked by vendors selling fresh produce, and a diverse selection of places to drink, dine, people watch and shop. Outdoor vendors are an integral part of the ByWard Market experience—you’ll find them outside, no matter the weather! “The Market” will surely add to your Ottawa experience. Don’t forget to grab a hot pastry treat from BeaverTails during your visit!

The Glebe

Just south of the downtown bustle (and a short walk from the Rideau Canal), the Glebe is a tight-knit community that makes you feel as if you walked into your new home. As you roam the streets, you will find unique shops (from fashion to rare books, vinyl and collectables), restaurants, and beautiful Victorian homes. Don’t forget to take a break at one of their specialty coffee shops for a latte, cappuccino, Americano, or take home a bag of freshly roasted beans, including fair trade and organic.

Sparks Street

This open-air pedestrian street, Canada’s oldest, is just one block south of Parliament Hill. It is one of Ottawa’s must-see heritage streets and it attracts a great number of visitors each year. Not only is the location ideal for those who are visiting the city, but it also has plenty of shops to explore.



The Nordik Spa
Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, only 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America. Take the time to unwind and reenergize and take advantage of our unique installations: 7 outdoor baths, 8 unique saunas, infinity pool, restaurant and lounge. Treat yourself to a massage, a body treatment or our new Källa treatment, the second salt-water floating pool in the world!

For more info, visit their website:

Westin Ottawa Spa

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