FACTS ABOUT OTTAWA
State: Ontario (Canadian Province)
Counties: National Capital Region
Climate: Ottawa has a surprisingly temperate climate with hot, humid summers, picturesque spring and autumns and its famous icy cold winters.
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
Ottawa Top Venues: Scotiabank Place, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa Little Theatre, National Arts Centre
Teams in Ottawa: Ottawa Senators
As the capitol of Canada and the fourth-largest city in the country, Ottawa has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few decades to become a hub of arts, entertainment, athletics and other spectacles. Whether one is passing through Ottawa or coming for an extended stay, there is never a shortage of fun and engaging events on the calendar. The city's fabulous options for seasonal fun has put it on many travelers' bucket lists and it always has something new to offer.
When there's something going on in Ottawa, chances are it will be taking place at the Scotiabank Place. The 18,500-seat arena is just outside of the city limits and is the home of Ottawa's NHL representative, the Senators. While the hockey team grabs a majority of the attention at the arena, the Scotiabank Place is the primary music and entertainment venue and is a major stop on the concert, convention and speaker circuit.
As important as hockey is to Canadian culture, Ottawa's arts scene has flourished just as impressively as the city steadily grew in the 1990s and 2000s. The National Arts Theatre is the primary performing arts locale, and it regularly hosts musicals, legitimate theatre, dance, touring acts and comedy shows. Those who are looking for something a bit more intimate can check out a show at the Ottawa Little Theatre, the longest-running community theatre company in the city's history. Other great performing arts options like the Centrepoint Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company showcase just how diverse the arts scene has become in Ottawa.
When visitors aren't checking out a show or a sporting event, Ottawa's downtown area has plenty of engaging attractions that can appeal to a wide range of tastes. Enjoy dinner, a show and a few rounds of cards at the tables at Casino du Lac-Leamy, or explore one of the many fine eateries at the ByWard Market. The area's many nightclubs, jazz bars and beautiful outdoor pedestrian areas make it one of the trendiest spots in the Canadian capital.