Ottawa's tourism community has adopted a "Child and Youth Friendly Program" that will help ensure that our accommodations, festivals, attractions, restaurants and stores will be equipped to welcome our young visitors. Here are some ideas to help you plan an interesting program for your younger delegates!
Skate The World Famous Rideau Canal
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    Subject to weather conditions, the world's longest skating rink is available for your use at no charge
  • Maintained by the National Capital Commission, the Rideau Canal is a historic part of Ottawa's history and a 'must skate' for all out of town teams
  • Skate rentals are available throughout the length of the Canal
  • Along the way warm up with hot chocolate and a "Beavertail" pastry
  • There are many access points from the Pavilion at Dow's Lake all the way along the canal to the Westin Hotel
  • For more information on the Canal including a virtual tour, and canal conditions please visit or call 1-800-465-1867.
Canadian War Museum

Located strategically close to Parliament Hill, Canada's newly constructed War Museum opened its doors on May 8, 2005. The Canadian War Museum shows how war has shaped Canada, and present the personal, national and international dimensions of Canada's military history.

The Canadian War Museum features over 500,000 artifacts on display including 28 Victoria cross medals, 370 Group of Seven pieces of art and much more! The Museum features morse code in both official languages that reads "Lest We Forget" on the North fin and and that spells out the museum's initials "CWM" on the south wall. At 11am on November 11th each year, the sun shines through the window of the Museum's memorial hall and illuminates the only artifact in that space: the headstone of Canada's unknown soldier.

The mission of the War Museum is to Educate, Preserve and Remember.

For more information, including hours of operation and directions please click here.

Additional Ottawa Tourist Information
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For additional information on Ottawa attractions please visit or the Ottawa Tourism & Convention Authority website for complete details.

For specific information, please click on one of the below links:

Museums, Galleries, Historic sites, Government of Canada tours, Casinos, and other Ottawa attractions


Rideau Centre

Looking for an unforgettable shopping experience? Don't want to miss out on those great holiday season savings? Head to the Rideau Centre, where legions of individual shoppers find what they're looking for and have a great time doing it! From head to toe, from food to services, for him or her - Rideau Centre has what you need to get it done!

Check back frequently for great Boxing week sales.

For more information including a directory of stores, holiday mall hours, and online specials please click here .

For a map to the Rideau Centre please click here .