Things To Do Near The Metcalfe Hotel in Ottawa

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Paint Nite at The Rox

Every Friday night at 7:00pm

Get creative while you laugh, drink, and spend time with friends. We make it easy to plan, easy to paint, and easy to have a great time.

Rideau Canal Skateway


50th season! Every winter, 7.8 km (4.8 miles) of the Rideau Canal transforms into the world’s largest outdoor skating rink, as designated by Guinness World Records.


January 31 - February 17, 2020

A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, and skating and sporting events which transform Ottawa into a winter wonderland.

Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival

FEBRUARY 7 - 9, 2020

See teams use ice-sticks to propel dragon boats outfitted with skates across the frozen Rideau Canal in the world’s largest such festival, offering free entertainment and the excitement of competition!

Tulip Festival

MAY 8-18, 2020

This annual world-famous festival centres around Ottawa’s love affair with the tulip, with a million tulips blooming in public areas, including 300,000 blooms in Commissioners Park near Dows Lake.

Sound of Light


An international fireworks competition with the greatest pyrotechnic experts—five unforgettable evenings of magical moments, colourful lights and melodic sound.