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Fortissimo Expected To Draw Thousands To Parliament Hill

Fortissimo is a military and musical spectacular created for the lawns of Parliament Hill featuring massed military bands, pipes and drums, guest performers and the soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard. It is a showcase event in the Nation’s Capital that

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Iceberg Alley Has Been Quiet This Year Until Now

Onlookers are being drawn to a small cove in eastern Newfoundland to witness an iceberg with an unusual shape. The iceberg is nearly picture perfect, with a hollow archway carved in the middle. It appears to be grounded in waters

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Low Value Of The Loonie Has Many Canadians Re-Thinking Vacation Plans

All of those beautiful TV ads for Newfoundland & Labrador might really pay off this year. The lower loonie has Canadians rethinking their summer travel plans. In a recent poll, 40 per cent of respondents said they would stay

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The First Weekend Of Winterlude Has Arrived! 

The 40th edition of Winterlude begins this weekend with the Official Winterlude Launch on Friday, February 2nd. This year, the Winterlude fun will span three weekends, wrapping up on Monday, February 19 (Family Day in Ontario). The official sites are the

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Ottawa/Gatineau Tourism Numbers Up Significantly In 2017

All of the Canada 150 events in the Ottawa-Gatineau area helped boost overnight tourism visits by 5.5 per cent this year. Ottawa topped the list for tourism increases this year nationally, with Montreal coming in a close second after seeing

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Finding The Right Balance Between GOT Tourism And Historic Sites

Game Of Thrones Tourism is real and great for local economies, but it can get out of hand! An iconic filming location has become a tourism mecca for fans of the TV series, changing the focus of a long-standing religious

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Ottawa 2017 Celebrations – By The Numbers

Here’s an update from Ottawa 2017, the bureau established to oversee Canada 150 celebrations across the National Capital Region. It’s a snapshot of attendance numbers at a variety of special events, hosted by the city. 300,000 – The number of

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Two New Stands Are Part Of ByWard Market Revitalization

Two new so-called ‘gateway’ stands were officially unveiled in the ByWard Market today… one on either side of the historic market building, facing George Street. The new vending spaces will operate year-round and serve as a welcoming gateway to the

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Shadow Art Will Cause A Double Take!

If you happen to visit Redwood City, California, pay particular attention to the shadows cast by everyday objects, like park benches, bike racks and mail boxes! Notice how they seem to misbehave? Flowers sprout from the shadows of bike racks,

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A North American First – La Machine Descends On Ottawa

La Machine has arrived in the Capital. One of the creatures is perched atop the Notre-Dame Cathedral, across from the National Art Gallery. It’s an amazing sight, but some people aren’t happy about it. One local Twitter user wrote, “Are

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Loonie Tops 80 Cents U.S. For The First Time In More Than A Year

Good news for Canadian’s traveling to the U.S. The Canadian dollar gained nearly a quarter of a cent today after cresting above the 80 cent U.S. threshold in morning trading. At the close, the loonie was up 0.23 of U.S.

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Polar Bears Arriving From The Arctic To Enjoy Activities And Sights This Week

Eight larger-than-life polar bears will be turning heads today and tomorrow here in Ottawa. Similar to last summer when a T-Rex pack was roaming Sparks Street and the ByWard Market, now a group of friendly polar bears will be riding double-decker buses

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More Visa Offices For Chinese Visitors To Canada

Canada’s ambassador to China says our government plans to open an additional seven visa offices in the Asian country to accommodate a growing number of Chinese tourists coming here. Guy Saint-Jacques told reporters today at the Great Wall of China there’s

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Day Trip Idea – Gatineau Park, Remic Rapids

We had some company over the weekend, a friend from New York City who hadn’t been to Ottawa in some time… so naturally, we played tourist guides. We took a run into Gatineau Park for a hike to the Wilson

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Cape Breton Tourism Up After Declaring Itself Trump-free

Cape Breton’s  is getting a whole lot of American visitors this summer!  Their tourism website has seen a threefold increase in traffic this year, and it’s being attributed to Americans unhappy with the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency. The

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