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150 Fabulous Things About Canada’s National Capital Region #Canada150

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Canada’s National Capital Region, encompassing the cities of Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec (and their surrounding rural areas), is a vibrant region full of world-class attractions and activities, restaurants and eateries, educational institutions, sprawling green spaces, and beautiful architecture that provides spectacular photo opportunities around every corner.

Canada's National Capital Region

Don’t just take my word for it. Even the New York Times would agree with me. In fact, they love all of Canada for that matter.

The two metropolitan areas that make up Canada’s National Capital Region are very distinct cities, and they both offer visitors, and residents alike, so many great things to see and do, as well as many great outdoor spaces perfect for hiking, biking, or just spending time in.

Ottawa is the 4th largest city in Canada yet, ask any local and they will say that Ottawa still has that small town feel about it – except when you are caught in our rush hour traffic, that is!

Gatineau is the 4th largest city in Quebec. Located just across the Ottawa River from downtown Ottawa, and joined to Ottawa by 6 different bridges, Gatineau, and the Outaouais, are full of must-see (and do!) activities – and spectacular scenery!

So in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, I just had to share 150 things that help to make Canada’s National Capital Region so great!

Many of these things you will have heard of, seen, or experienced yourself. Hopefully you’ll find a few things on my list that will intrigue you, surprise you, and just make you want to learn more about them – or visit them next time you are in the region!

On this list I’ve also included some famous Canadians who were either born here, or who have made Canada’s National Capital Region their home, and made their mark on this area.

This list by no means covers all that is great in our National Capital Region. I know there are many more wonderful things that could be listed here. So, if you know of something fabulous in the National Capital Region that I did not list here, please go ahead and share it in the comments section! We, and your fellow Canadian Blog House readers, would love to hear about them!




Arbraska Lafleche

Bank of Canada Currency Museum

Billings Estate National Historic Site

Brew Donkey Tours

Byward Market

Calypso Waterpark

Camp Explora 

Camp Fortune

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Canada Day celebrations

Canadian Children’s Museum

Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Tire Centre

Canadian War Museum

Capital Cruises

Carleton Jail

Casino du Lac Leamy

Centennial Flame

Champlain Lookout

Changing of the Guard

Chateau Laurier

Diefenbunker Museum



Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park

GO Skydive

Great Canadian Bungee

Haunted Walks

Karters Korners

Lady Dive Amphibus & Double-Decker Tours

Lansdowne Park

Laurier House

Library and Archives Canada

Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo

Mackenzie King Estate

Mont Cascades

National Arts Centre

National Art Gallery

National War Memorial

Nokia Sunday Bikedays

Nordik Spa-Nature

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica Ottawa

Ottawa Biplane Adventures

Ottawa Tourism

Outaouais Tourism

Parc Omega

Parliament Hill/Peace Tower

Papinack Zoo

Paul’s Boat Line

Pirate Adventures

RCMP Musical Ride

RCMP Stables

Rideau Canal

Rideau-Carleton Raceway

Rideau Hall

Royal Canadian Mint

Saunders Farms

Science and Technology Museum

Skyzone Trampoline Park

Supreme Court of Canada

Valleyview Little Animal Farm

Watson’s Mill

Wilderness Tours – Whitewater Rafting

Yoga on the Hill

24 Sussex Drive

Zaphod Beeblebrox


Andrew Haydon Park

Brittania Beach

Bruce Pit

Capital Pathway

Chapman Mills Conservation Area

Dow’s Lake/Pavillion

Experimental Farm

Gatineau Park

Jacques Cartier Park

Lac Leamy

Major’s Hill Park

Meech Lake

Mer Bleu Conservation Area

Mooney’s Bay Park

National Capital Greenbelt

Nepean Point

Ottawa River

Petrie Island

Rideau Falls

Rockcliffe Park

Rockcliffe Parkway

Vincent Massey Park

Wesley Clover Park

Westboro Beach


Algonquin College

Carleton University

Ottawa University




La Cigale

La Pataterie Hulloise

SuzyQ Doughnuts

Thyme & Again


Beau’s Brewery

Big Rig Brewery

Harvey & Vern’s Soda

Kichesippi Beer Company


Canadian Tulip Festival

Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light Festival

Festibière de Gatineau

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

International Busker Festival


Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

Ottawa Folk Festival

Ottawa Jazz Festival

Ottawa Lumière Festival

Ottawa PoutineFest

RBC Bluesfest



Alanis Morrisette – born in Ottawa

Bryan Adams – lived in Ottawa during his teenage years

Dan Ackroyd – born in Ottawa

Jeremy Hotz – born in Ottawa

Kelly Rowan – born in Ottawa

Keshia Chanté – born in Ottawa

Matthew Perry – raised in Ottawa

Mayor Jim Watson – Voted Best Mayor in Canada 2017

Paul Anka – born in Ottawa

Sandra Oh – born in Ottawa

Sarah Chalke – born in Ottawa

Stefania Capovilla

Tom Cruise – lived in Ottawa during his childhood years

Tom Green – born in Ottawa


Ottawa Fury

Ottawa Redblacks

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa 67’s


Bayshore Shopping Centre

Billings Bridge Shopping Centre

Carlingwood Mall


Les Galleries de Hull

Les Promenades

Ottawa Trainyards

Place d’Oreans

Rideau Centre

Sparks Street Mall

St. Laurent Shopping Centre

Tanger Outlets

The Glebe





  1. May 5, 2017

    Doreen Pendgracs

    Wonderful post! I love Canada’s National Capital Region. I’ve been to a good many attractions on your list and love spending time in Ottawa any time I can. Happy Canada 150!

    • May 8, 2017


      Thanks Doreen! So glad you have had the chance to visit often and experience many of the great things on my list! Happy Canada 150 to you too!

    • May 1, 2017


      Thank you Sally! Thanks for the timing for the lamb event also. I truly would love to get there to meet you and see them! I will be in touch this week with my fellow bloggers and will mention it to them. Thanks for asking and for the link!

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