Indoor Guide to Ottawa Winter

Winter is a ton of fun in the capital but it can get pretty cold. We’ve outlined our top picks for indoor fun this season. Check em out!

The food hall concept has finally made its Ottawa debut on Queen Street. Queen St. Fare includes seven vendors under one roof, including Mexican eats, a burger spot, Vietnamese cuisine and a day café that turns into a bar in the evening.

Your creative spirit will love you through winter visits to OAG. They have events galore, including everything from Toddler Mornings to drumming circles to expert chats to sketching workshops. There really is something for everyone here.

  • Engage with Indigenous traditions and culture through a variety of programming at Wabano Centre

If you haven’t checked out Wabano Centre, you are missing out. The centre offers a fun selection of programming celebrating Indigenous talent and tradition.

Film connoisseurs will adore Bytowne Cinema, which screens international and independent works of art. Not only that, but it offers a classic, intimate cinema feel.

Get your contemporary art fix at Âjagemô, hosted by the Canada Council for the Arts. This is the spot to check out contemporary film, installations and dance.

  • Stay Warm at one of Ottawa’s museums
    • Canadian Museum of History – People call this the best museum in Canada. Take a walk through thousands of years of history and find out for yourself!
    • Canadian War Museum – Although focused on the history of war in Canada, this museum provides an inclusive history that highlights times before settlers arrived here.
    • Canadian Science & Technology Museum – This interactive and fun space is great for all ages, with displays about everything from how sound works to how we use energy in the home.
    • Bytown Museum – Ottawa locals will love Bytown Museum, offering a rich history of Ottawa, along with changing exhibitions.
    • Canadian Museum of Nature – Learn the origins and science behind nature or catch a show featuring live creatures hanging out. Canadian Museum of Nature also offers Nature Nocturne, where you can check out the exhibits at night – these events are usually themed.
    • National Gallery of Canada – Check out Canada’s collection of arts from here and all over. Make a day of it and stop by the 7 Tapas Bar or cafeteria for a meal during your visit.

What would you add to this list? Comment below. 

Image Credit: Wabano Centre


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