Ottawa TourISm

Welcome to Ottawa

On behalf of the entire Ottawa Tourism team, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you once again to Ottawa, your capital city, for CANSEC 2019. Ottawa is incredibly proud to be the host for the most important defence industry event in the country.

We invite you to live a truly unique Canadian experience by exploring our national museums, many of which have recently opened brandnew innovative galleries, or unveiled entirely new and reimagined spaces! From our excellent shopping boutiques, prominent national heritage sites including Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal, award-winning restaurants, intimate sidewalk cafés and exciting nightlife, there is so much for you to discover!

Find out what’s happening in Ottawa during your visit, or to plan your next visit by checking out or the Ottawa Tourism event calendar at Be sure to share your photos and experiences with us on social media using the hashtag #MyOttawa. We hope that your time here is productive, fulfilling, and above all memorable.

Enjoy your visit to Ottawa and we sincerely look forward to welcoming you back next year! 


Mr. Michael Crockatt
President & CEO
Ottawa Tourism


Flash Your Badge: There are plenty of discounts available to you, just by flashing your delegate badge at participating attractions and restaurants in Ottawa. Click here to view these special offers.

Itineraries: Looking for ways to spend a few days in Ottawa? Explore these suggested Ottawa itineraries or simply print them to make the most of your time here in Ottawa

Tours & Sightseeing: Discover the various Tours & Sightseeing options available throughout the Capital Region. 

Free Activities: For the savvy traveler, check out a fantastic list of Free or Nearly Free activity options.

Spousal Program

Attending CANSEC and travelling with your spouse and/or children? Ottawa is full of exciting things to see and do. Whether you’re looking for an exciting place to bring the kids, and a local museum, great shopping, or a relaxing day at the spa, you and your family are sure to enjoy your time here. Your only challenge will be getting them to want to go back home!

Flash Your Badge: Print this badge to receive discounts to various attractions, restaurants and tours in the National Capital Region. 




Note: Attendance at all CANSEC events is restricted to CADSI members and government (federal, provincial, municipal, foreign) personnel only.