Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen
January 5, 2018
The party’s over. Time for Ottawa to roll up the sidewalks and turn out the lights?
Not so fast.
Recent stats confirm that 2017 was a record year for the city’s tourism industry. As headquarters for the nation’s sesquicentennial celebrations, throngs of people visited Ottawa to take part in the festivities. There were special events, exhibits and shows throughout the year.
But now what? Well, as we get back to our regularly scheduled programming, we’re noticing benefits to the birthday hangover, including a bunch of ongoing exhibits and renovated institutions.
While we’re still working towards recognition as a music city, let’s not forget that Ottawa is already a significant destination for arts and culture, with the added bonus of having plenty of green space. And speaking of green, the impending legalization of recreational cannabis is sure to be another factor in attracting international visitors.
No matter what kind of buzz you’re seeking, here are eight reasons to explore Ottawa in 2018.