high season: February, May to October
low season: November to January
shoulder season: March to April
Weather InformationOttawa experiences four full seasons, with the warmest temperatures and occasional high humidity occurring from June through August. The fall is temperate, with changing leaves and cooler temperatures. January through mid-March can bring heavy snow storms and cold weather. Spring is cool with occasional showers.
Crowd InformationOttawa is at its busiest during the Winterlude festival over the first three weekends of February, the Canadian Tulip Festival in May, Canada Day on July 1, and fall foliage in October.
Closure InformationSeveral national museums close on Mondays, and some on Tuesdays as well, from November through April. Most shops either close or reduce hours on Easter Sunday, Remembrance Day (November 11), Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Hotels and restaurants remain open all year.
When to SaveLate December through January, when hotel demand is at its lowest, is the least expensive time to visit. May can be a more expensive month since hotel occupancy rises due to conferences, school visits, and the Canadian Tulip Festival.
When to BookThose with a flexible schedule can find last-minute deals. Book in advance if you want to stay during a specific time or at a specific place. Hotel packages are typically available three months in advance year-round.
Information provided by Ottawa Tourism