The Casino de Lac Leamy is right across the bridge.
They have a spectacular fireworks show every night.
Ottawa is a city of one Festival after another
The gatineau Balloon Fest
The Central Canada Exhibition always features rock acts touring (the beach Boys keep showing up.) International acts play the Scotiabank Centre just west of town in Kanata - also the home of the Ottawa Senators NHL hockey team
If you like highbrow - there is the orchestra.
Check out The Rainbow bistro on the Market (*beside Parliament. (blues club)
Tuscon Road House is the home of the blues in the south end of Ottawa (Bank St at Hunt Club Rd.)
The market is the hub. at Rideau and Wellington.
See Hogs Back Falls
Chinatown is along Somerset St West.
Vieytnames (we call it photown) is fursther west along Somerset where it turns into Welington just by the Bayview rail terminal.
Preston Street from Dow'sLake to Wellington is Little Italy.
There is a comedy club on Preston close to Carling that is worth going to.
Along south bankstreet is the great thai restaurants - sala Thai (Bank & Alta vista being the best)
Mama Leone's downtown is the foremost Italian restaurant.
Friday's Steak House on Elgin is the prime steakhouse. At both you will see politicians and media at nearby tables.
The light rail and the bus system is very good.
Take a river cruise upstream.
The new War Museum is Fantastic and a must see.
Tour Parliament. It is free.
Visit the public diring Daily Question Period from 2:00 - 3:00. It;s a hoot ! then go for a drink on the market.
Ottawa is very gay friendly.
Open displaus of affection will not draw disapproving looks.
The architectuire is Neogothic.
have lunch at Winston;s at The Chateau Laurier (it is quite reasonable actually)
For theatre visit The Great Canadian Theatre Company in their spectular new home on Holland Avenue at Wellington
The National Art Gallery is there as is the Museums of Civilation; Natural history; Science & Technology;
Stroll through the Central Experimental farm. near Hog's Back.
go to the Manx Pub on the corner of Elgin & Gladstone (just south of the Parliament buildings)
try psaddle boating or canoeing on Dow's Lake;
do walk along the canal.
Odyssey Theatre performs in Strathcona Park (Laurier at Range Road) under the stars. It is beautiful and they have a really unique comedy style.