Cultural in Ottawa

Canada Day

Ottawa is the best place in Canada to celebrate the nation's birthday on July 1. Huge crowds watch concerts and fireworks crackling and booming above the Parliament Buildings.
Festival in Ottawa

Canadian Tulip Festival

After the winter thaw, Ottawa explodes with color as beds of over 200 species of tulips come to life. Over 100,000 bulbs were gifted to the city in 1945 by the Dutch royal family in gratitude for Canada sheltering t…
Cultural in Haliburton Highlands

Rockhound Gemboree

Canada's largest gem festival takes place in the small town of Bancroft, nestled in the York River Valley on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. The town is well known for its mineral-rich soils and during the…
Cultural in Ottawa


Three frosty weeks in early February celebrate Ottawa's winter, centering on the frozen canal, Confederation Park and Parc Jacques Cartier. Awe-inspiring ice sculptures abound, as well as the world's largest skating…
Music in Ottawa

Ottawa Bluesfest

One of the world's biggest blues festivals brings in the big names for 10 days of memorable concerts in mid-July.
Sports in Ottawa

HOPE Volleyball Summerfest

A giant volleyball tournament and rock festival in mid-July to raise money for local charities.
LGBT in Ottawa

Capital Pride

A week's worth of rainbow celebrations culminating in a rowdy parade in mid-August.
Music in Kingston

Limestone City Blues Festival

All-star musicians gather for a four-day jam session in August.
Music in Kingston

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous

Four days of tomfoolery in July.