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Just steps from Parliament Hill, the National Arts Centre (NAC), which has undergone a $110.5 million rejuvenation project, celebrates the achievements of Canadian performing artists and plays a dynamic role in the development and presentation of the performing arts. The NAC presents plays from across Canada and abroad in English and French, innovative contemporary dance and ballet programs from national and international dance companies, and classical and contemporary orchestral music with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. The NAC co-produces and commissions new works and produces a range of educational and in-school activities. For NAC performances information, phone (613) 947-7000 or (866) 850-2787; the box office is open Monday through Saturday 10 to 9, and Sundays and holidays from 2 hours prior to 15 minutes after curtain time.

Big stadium concerts are hosted at the TD Place at Lansdowne stadium, 1015 Bank St., (613) 232-6767.

Various smaller theaters and companies offer fine productions at reasonable prices. Some of these include the Centrepointe Theatre, (613) 580-2700 or (866) 866-752-5231 ; Great Canadian Theatre Co., (613) 236-5196; Kanata Theatre, (613) 831-4435; Odyssey Theatre, (613) 232-8407; Ottawa Little Theatre, (613) 233-8948; and Théatre de l'Île in Gatineau, Québec, (819) 243-8000.

In July and August, open-air movies are shown on Friday and Saturday nights in Dundonald Park, Somerset Street West, with pay-what-you-can admission.

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Ottawa, ON

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Travel Information

City Population



87 m/285 ft.

Sales Tax

Ontario's Harmonized Sales Tax is 13 percent.



Police (non-emergency)

(613) 236-1222

Fire (non-emergency)

(613) 580-2860


(613) 998-3439

Road Conditions

511 or (800) 268-4686.


Montfort Hospital, (613) 746-4621; The Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus, (613) 722-7000; The Ottawa Hospital-General Campus, (613) 772-7000.

Visitor Information

90 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON K1P 5L1. Phone:(613)237-5150 or (844)878-8333

Air Travel

Ottawa International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (613) 521-3332 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members. For a complete list of rental agencies consult the telephone directory.

Rail Service

Via Rail's terminal, 200 Tremblay Rd. off Queensway (Hwy. 417), can be reached by city buses from Confederation Square. The station at 3347 Fallowfield Rd. can be reached by downtown bus 95; phone (888) 842-7245.


City buses run by OC Transpo operate from Ottawa Central Station, is at 265 Catherine St.; phone (613) 238-6668.


Cabs operate on the meter system, with a minimum charge of $3.85 plus $1.72 for each additional kilometre. In excess of four passengers and asking the driver to load and unload baggage costs extra.

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