What’s on the map? The simple answer: a lot! Ottawa is a diverse and vibrant city of culture. There is so much here: from acclaimed, home-grown theatre companies to national museums; from world renowned creative enterprises to unique, local bookstores; from World Heritage Sites to hidden local treasures – Ottawa has much to explore!
About 2,000 cultural and creative venues, sites, events, businesses, and organizations are shown on the map. They have been divided into eight categories as shown below. If you notice anything that you think is missing from the map, we welcome your contributions. If you would like to get the raw data in spreadsheets (.csv format), you can find each of the cultural resource categories in the City of Ottawa’s Open Data Catalogue.
Built Heritage: Over 400 buildings and districts of historical and cultural value that have been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act or are recognized as National Historic Sites.
Cultural and Creative Businesses: Over 700 businesses involved in the creation, production, manufacturing, and distribution of cultural goods, including photographers, film producers, commercial galleries, publishers, video game designers, heritage trades, and more.
Cultural Events and Festivals: Over 100 festivals that occur on an annual or regular basis that involve, promote, and/or celebrate art, heritage, and/or identity, including fairs, film festivals, music festivals, art shows, dance and theatre festivals, neighbourhood celebrations, and more.
Cultural Facilities and Spaces: Nearly 500 museums, nightclubs, galleries, fairgrounds, theatres, art schools, and other buildings and spaces that host cultural activities.
Cultural Umbrella and Service Organizations: Over 60 organizations that represent arts, heritage, festival/fair, and ethnocultural interests through services, advocacy, coordination, funding, and other forms of support. They are categorized by the area/jurisdiction that they cover (local/regional, provincial, national).
Not-For-Profit Cultural Organizations: Almost 200 organizations, incorporated as not-for-profits, that deliver arts, heritage, festival and/or fair activities to residents and visitors. Initially, only organizations that receive funding from the City’s peer-assessed Cultural Funding programs have been included, and they are categorized based on the program from which they were funded. We hope to expand this list over time.
Natural Heritage: 25 areas of natural heritage and environmental significance, including several areas that are internationally recognized. They are categorized by their highest level of designation.
Public Art: Over 180 pieces of commissioned public art distributed throughout the city. Initially, only public artworks from the City of Ottawa Art Collection have been included, but we hope to expand this list over time.