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Lists of ‘best things’ in Ottawa, like ‘best skiing’, best restaurants, best bars, best dance parties, best bands, best hood, etc.


Best of: More #igersottawa to follow

From smiling puppies to sauce-smothered sandwiches, Instagram is a diverse hub for creativity, cuteness and photos of our coffee cups. With more than 300 million users and nearly 60 million photos shared daily on the app, it can be a challenge to find those stand out accounts worth adding to your feed. There are tons […]

Photos by Temitopé Owolabi (@temitopeowolabi).

Best Of: Ottawa Street Photographers

Street photography is a genre in transition. It can be traced back to Eugene Atget, recognized as the father of the genre, in mid-19th century Paris. Used as a way to capture design, his subjects were mainly buildings, streetscapes and gardens. Street photography would later undergo another change as the main subject became people. Traditionally […]

All photos by Amanda Armstrong, on Instagram.

Best Of: Winter trails, hiking and cross-country skiing

We’ve just got more snow than we ever thought could fall from the sky in only one day, and, although a lot has melt away nearly as quick as it came, it truly is a winter wonderland out there. The best way to enjoy the season is to go outside and experience the beauty in […]

Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Best outdoor art in Ottawa – Rockcliffe edition

Last fall, Apt613 contributor Sanita Fejzic put together two posts rounding up the best of our city’s outdoor art. She looked at Centretown and the Market and Hull areas. Back then she said, “Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer […]

A Tribe Called Red. Photo by Nadya Kwandibens.

Best of Ottawa Dance Parties 2014: A Follow-Up

Earlier this summer, we brought you the Best of Ottawa Dance Parties. You guys spoke up about the parties we missed and we listened. There most certainly are other great dance parties in the city besides the six we listed, and now as we dance closer to the end of summer we want everyone to be […]

The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.

Best of: Ottawa’s dance parties

Ottawa is home to a bunch of great DJs who host creative and eclectic events that are worth checking out. Nearly every weekend there are awesome dance parties held in pubs, clubs, restaurants, and one what-used-to-be jail throughout the city. There’s more to Ottawa than the Byward Market – especially when it comes to dancing. […]

Photo by émiliep on Flickr. All other photos are by Jason Yung, unless otherwise specified.

Best of: Meditation workshops in Ottawa

The art of meditation is a way of getting into touch with reality. The reason for it is that most civilized people are out of touch with reality – because they confuse the world as it is, with the world as they think about it, talk about it, and describe it. -Alan Watts So you’ve […]

Black Squirrel Books. Photo from their Facebook page.

Best of: Independent bookstores

There is a certain something about independent bookstores. A sense of community and bringing people together – connecting over a love of books (which eventually ends up being about so much more) – that you just won’t find at Chapters. Independent bookstores are the best because the people who work there are REALLY passionate about […]