Welcome to Ottawa!


On behalf of Ottawa Tourism, I am thrilled to welcome you back to your capital city for another successful CANSEC conference. It is an immense pleasure for Ottawa to be the host city of Canada’s most important defence industry event.

As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is home to Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and many national museums. Whether it’s taking part in outdoor activities, learning more about Canada’s history and culture, shopping, indulging in local culinary offerings or participating in one of our many vibrant festivals, you’ll never be at a loss of things to do here.

To find out what’s on while you’re here—or to plan your next visit—be sure to check out and be sure to share your experiences with us on social media using the hashtag #MyOttawa. We hope that your time in Ottawa is productive and fulfilling.

Enjoy your visit to Ottawa and we sincerely hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back in 2020!



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. 

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