The number of tourists should not be a problem while choosing when to go to Ottawa. If it is true that the city receives more visitors in summer, they are just around 2 million a year, pyrrhic numbers when compared to the 14 million visitors of Toronto or 8 of Montreal.
Hotels offer more than 2 and a half million rooms, showing the effort to promote Ottawa as an interesting destination for travelers, but today is not yet bearing results. In addition, more than half of those 2 million visitors are Canadians going to the capital on specific days for, in many cases, more labor than tourism reasons.
- July and August are the best time. The heat is not usually pronounced, but at least 3 days a year often exceed 30 degrees C. There are fewer clouds and rains are scarce, but storms may occur more likely than the rest of the year.
- June and September also have a pleasant climate, although rainfall and cloudiness are somewhat higher. I went by the end of September; temperature was around 18 degrees, but it was cloudy all day with light rain.
- The more we move away from these dates, it’ll be colder and more rainy, with few clear days. In midwinter temperatures are usually between -6 ° C maximum and -15 ° minimum, similar to Montreal.
60 events annually reaffirm Ottawa as an interesting cultural and entertainment center:
- Winterlude. The city winter festival. 3 weeks, organized in the downtown area. In addition to the ice sculptures, the big attraction is skating on the Rideau Canal, which becomes the world’s largest ice rink.
- April May:
- Canadian Tulip Festival: more than 100,000 tulips of 200 types sprout annually in May in multiple green areas of the city. A visual wonder that is accompanied by regattas, parades, concerts and fireworks.
- Marathon and half marathon in Ottawa, the most important in the country only after Vancouver BMO.
- Canada Day (July 1st). As the capital, the display of parades and fireworks is the largest in the country. 2017 is the 150th anniversary of independence, so the party is going to be legendary.