Ottawa Theatres Walking Tour, Ottawa (Self Guided)

Ottawa has plenty of theaters and art organizations. Ready to satisfy any taste and mood, you can find venues which stage plays ranging from traditional Canadian to International to more exotic and extravagant. Take a tour through some of the most popular theaters in Ottawa.
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Ottawa Theatres Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Ottawa Theatres Walking Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Ottawa (See other walking tours in Ottawa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: helenp
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Ottawa Little Theater

1) Ottawa Little Theater

Opened in 1913, Ottawa Little Theater is a non-profit community theater. It has a 480-seat hall and is famous for its high quality plays with its group of volunteer actors. It runs 8 productions per season and one musical during the summer. A good place to spend some time together with family and friends.
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The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

2) The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is a full size orchestra in Ottawa including professional, student and amateur musicians. With around 100 musicians, the OSO is Ottawa's largest orchestra, which allows it to perform large symphonic repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Canadian composers. The OSO's Mission Statement is "to enrich the life of the community through, and to foster public appreciation for and interest in, symphonic music." OSO activities such as its concert series, educational outreach activities, and its mentorship program help to support this mission statement. The OSO has three educational programmes: a mentorship programme for young musicians, the Symphony for Schools concert series in local elementary schools and the Students at the Symphony programme of complimentary tickets for high school students.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Odyssey Theatre

3) Odyssey Theatre

Opened in 1986, Odyssey Theatre entertains audiences with dance, clowns, puppetry and pageantry. Located in Strathcona Park, it is also a center for art performances and plays from all over the world. Let yourself and your kids be enticed into the magical world of theater.
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Opera Lyra

4) Opera Lyra

Opera Lyra from Ottawa was opened by Diana Gilchrist in 1984. It presents two productions each year, one opera and a number of smaller events. It also has special programs for the younger generation and families with the help of which it tries to nurture the love of art.
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Arts Court

5) Arts Court

The Arts Court represents one of the best creative groups in Ottawa. It includes the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Arts Court Theater, Le Groupe Dance Lab, SAW Video, and many more groups. Located in a historic building in the center of the city, it delights visitors with constantly evolving plays of a broad variety. Hours of Operation: 9 am to 11 pm, Monday to Sunday.
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National Arts Centre

6) National Arts Centre (must see)

Situated between Elgin Street and the Rideau Canal, The National Arts Centre (NAC) is a centre for performing arts in Ottawa. It is housed in a hexagonal building that is joined by roof with the Mackenzie King Bridge and was designed by Fred Lebensold.

The National Arts Centre (NAC) showed its first performance in 1969. Masterminded by Canadian Parliament as a centennial project back in the 1960s, the centre has evolved as the country's leading stage for the performing arts. It is also the largest performing arts centre in the world and the only one that performs in two languages. In 2006, the National Arts Centre was declared a National Historic Site.

The NAC orchestra is also quite famous, both at home and abroad. It is directed by Pinchas Zukerman and, apart from performing, continuously seeks new talents with an aim to further develop their abilities in the performing sphere. Talented musicians are offered guidance and plenty of opportunities to perform in numerous programs run by the NAC Orchestra.

During the year many Canadian and international artists come to the NAC to show off their skills: in dance, music, theatre and many other areas. Nutcracker is one of the NAC internationally acclaimed performances, featuring both national and international ballet dancers. The diversity of the NAC annual programs suffices to satisfy any art lover.

Vast spaces of land outside the centre are covered by gardens which are open to the public. Many works of arts are displayed at the NAC entrance and staircases.

When in Ottawa, make sure to spare some time and visit the NAC, and you will certainly find there something to suit your taste.

Why You Should Visit:
Exceptional stage & wardrobe crew, amazing orchestra, huge underground parking, central location along with reasonable rates make this a hot spot in Ottawa.

Walking Tours in Ottawa, Canada

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
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Byward Market Nightlife 2

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Ottawa for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Ottawa has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Ottawa, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.