Ottawa Tourism

The capital city of Canada and an open, welcoming place with a growing gaybourhood centred around Bank and Somerset Streets. The birthplace of same-sex marriage in Canada, Ottawa offers a vibrant cultural scene and amazing natural settings. Explore it by day — or by night!

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Covering a six by two block area of Bank Street—from Nepean to James Streets (north to south) and Kent and O’Connor Streets (west to east)—is Ottawa’s officially designated Village. This growing gaybourhood is surrounded by well-established and newly blossoming LGBT-friendly bars, restaurants and accommodations. Its home to over 20 businesses and services that directly serve the LGBT community, many of which are gay owned and operated, with another nearly 40 locations that proudly support and serve the Village and Ottawa’s LGBT community.

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Ottawa is an open, welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) visitors. Come explore the city’s outstanding collection of museums and art galleries, its active and varied outdoor life, its restaurants, markets, antiques and theatre. And while you’re here, take in a bit of LGBT history: Ottawa, after all, was the site of the first-ever public gay and lesbian demonstration in Canada, in 1971.

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Visit Ottawa’s officially designated Village. Covering a six by two block area of Bank Street downtown—from Nepean to James Streets (north to south) and Kent and O’Connor Streets (west to east), this growing gaybourhood is surrounded by well-established and newly blossoming LGBT friendly bars, restaurants and accommodations.

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Ottawa is easy to reach—we’re only two hours by car or train from Montréal, four hours from Toronto. Or fly in: Macdonald-Cartier International Airport has direct connections to an ever-growing number of cities in North America and abroad. Ottawa is closer than you think: We’re only 90 minutes by air from Washington, D.C. and Boston; one hour from New York City.

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And once you’re here, it’s easy to get around. Our downtown is safe, compact and walkable, our transit system is excellent and our roads include a network of scenic parkways that let you enjoy the view while getting you to where you’re going.

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In 2017, #MyOttawa is where you’ll want to be for Canada’s sesquicentennial – its 150th birthday! As Ottawa is Canada’s Capital, many of the country’s biggest celebratory birthday events will happen right here. This will be the biggest Canada Day celebration the country has ever seen! But the fun will not be limited to July 1. From new exhibitions at Ottawa’s national museums, to special performances and exciting technological installations in Ottawa’s downtown core, special events will be taking place all year long.

We’ll update more information about 2017 events as it becomes available, so please stay tuned! You can also find more information about upcoming events on the official 2017 Celebrations Ottawa website.

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