Welcome to Ottawa!


On behalf of Ottawa Tourism, we extend to you a warm welcome to our beautiful city. Ottawa is incredibly proud to host CANSEC 2024

Ottawa is home to federal government operations, drawing the international diplomatic community, senior government officials, as well as security and military personnel responsible for the nation’s security and protection. The nation’s capital has earned its reputation as the smartest city in Canada, providing access to the industry’s best and brightest people in the industry with over 300 companies in aerospace, defense and security.

Our city is fortunate to offer urban amenities and experiences in close proximity to nature, making it one of the top places to live in Canada. This is a city steeped in culture, alive with celebration, hosting major festivals celebrating music, culture and heritage all year round, with world-class museums and galleries, displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world. Located on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people, Ottawa is the capital of a bilingual nation bordering the province of Québec. You’ll hear both English and French on our streets alongside many other languages. The city offers a thriving cultural scene, a wealth of historic landmarks,expansive green spaces and parks, providing a truly distinctive Canadian experience. Our national museums devoted to science, technology, aerospace, and more, showcase creative, groundbreaking, and state-of-the-art exhibitions. Coupled with modern convention venues, Ottawa offers a unique and inspiring meeting experience to its delegates. Add all of that to its clean, green, and natural setting, and you’ve got a capital that attracts millions of visitors every year.

When your business is done, we encourage you to explore some of the many attractions of the area. A pedestrian-friendly downtown core that is home to many remarkable hotels allows for delegates to attend an event and to then take in the city’s many sights with ease. From beautiful museums to outdoor adventure in any season, to award-winning restaurants and high-end shopping, you can be sure that there is plenty for everyone to see and do

To find out what’s on while you’re here visit 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 soon!

Michael Crockatt

President & CEO

Ottawa Tourism

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