If you think that Ottawa is all beige government buildings and staid traditional restaurants, think again. From ‘Cold War Movie Night’ in a vintage 1960s bunker, to a drag queen-hosted karaoke fest in Chinatown, Canada’s capital city is full of fun.


‘Blast Tunnel’ by Iouri Goussev. Creative Commons Attribution licence

Feel the chill of the Cold War

At the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, an underground bunker built to house Canadian government officials in the event of a nuclear attack, you can tour the war room, the emergency broadcasting studio, and the prime minister’s secret hideout, all painstakingly preserved from the 1960s. But for the full Dr. Strangelove experience, visit on the third Tuesday of the month for the ‘Cold War Cinema’ to watch a Cold War-themed film inside the bunker.


‘Parliament Hill’ by tsaiproject. Creative Commons Attribution licence

Salute the sun on Parliament Hill

Join hundreds of fellow downward-doggers for a free one-hour yoga class on the lush green lawn in front of the Parliament buildings. Classes run weekly in summer; get the current schedule from the local Lululemon store (www.lululemon.com/ottawa/rideaucentre).


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