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Ottawa Tourism and Restaurants

Downtown Ottawa

Ottawa is one of Canada’s top tourist destinations, especially in the summer, and we encourage you to take advantage! The conference is in the heart of downtown, and you’re just steps from:

Tourism Sites

The Byward Market, a rollicking public market that, in its 200-year history, has played host to artisans, farmers and craft merchants who converge year round to sell their speciality items and wares. It also houses numerous cafés and some of the city’s best pubs and restaurants, and in the evening is a great spot to grab a late night drink and catch some live music.

Parliament Hill, the home of Canada’s national government and the setting for national celebrations year-round.

The Rideau Canal, a historic waterway filled with boaters and excitement, always a great place for a beautiful stroll.

The National Arts Centre, the capital’s premier performing arts venue, with a full lineup of music, dance and theatre, plus popular touring acts and shows.

The Rideau Centre, Ottawa’s largest and busiest shopping mall, with stores and boutiques to suit all tastes!

An array of fascinating museums, including the Museum of Nature, the National Gallery of Canada, the War Museum, the Bank of Canada Currency Museum, and the Canadian Museum of History.

And much more!

In downtown Ottawa, you can also enjoy Ottawa River boat tours, tours of the Rideau Canal locks, downtown walking tours, an Indigenous walk, and more. Throughout the city, you’ll find exciting options, including the Garden Promenade, a Haunted Walk, the serene Dow’s Lake,  and even beaches at Britannia and Mooney’s Bay. Outside of Ottawa, you can discover the natural beauty of Gatineau Park, or perhaps take a tour of a Prince Edward County winery!


Ottawa features a number of restaurants where you can enjoy delicious, gluten-free fare. Check out the Ottawa chapter website for a comprehensive list.

Of particular interest, please check out Olive & Chili, in the Byward Market. Not only this restaurant totally gluten free, but you enjoy a discount with your CCA membership card! To see other restaurants and businesses where a CCA membership card will get you a discount, please visit Ottawa Chapter Discounts.

For any questions, please contact us at The CCA’s Ottawa Chapter would like to thank Ottawa Tourism for helping with conference promotion.

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