Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear If you're in Ottawa in the winter time, like most places in Canada for that matter, then bring lots of warm clothes!!
Sweaters, pants, winter coat, hats, mitts, scarf, boots etc.
Photo Equipment Film and other camera equipment are available everywhere. However, it always seems cheaper to buy film before you go away.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear Bring your skates if you wish to skate on the Rideau Canal.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Ottawa has one of the most messed up climates I can imagine.. It's -30C in the winter (with windchill) and +30C to +40C in the summer (with the humidex).. The humidity is crazy in the summer time: I remember being in a bar in shorts and a tshirt, and having the sweat just bead off my fingertips.. It takes some time to get used to!
Bring light clothes in the summer time, and heavy ones in the winter.
Luggage and bags Back pack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Light Boots or hiking shoes, Sweaters, Snow pants, Wind braker pants. Very warm winter coat! This is the most important. You need something light and warm that protects you from the cold wind. The best ones are Columbia, Descent, Convert. Chose one that zippes up to your nose. Also bring gloves. That's if you come during the winter time. Dress in layers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies Tooth brush.
Photo Equipment Camera. Spare batteries. (film) Most tourists come here during the winter time when Winterlude is.
Advise: During the winter time keep your camera protected from the extreme cold weather by keeping it in a bag or under your coat. The lens and other moving parts can freeze up in your camera!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear Skates, skis. Check link below for current weather conditions.
Miscellaneous It's a good idea to have a cellular telephone and a valid credit card with you, just incase. For the occasion of Winterlude or Canada day, please make advanced reservations for your accomodation.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear If you're planning to spend a good amount of time outside during the Canadian winter, it's imperative you dress warmly to be a)comfortable b) safe. It's better to wear layers instead of wearing big bulky clothing. So wear a long-sleeved shirt, sweater/sweatshirt...long johns may come in handy too especially if you're planning to participate in winter sports or spending a lot of time out doors. Don't forget a HAT, gloves, thick socks and good shoes/boots! With the wind chill, the cold/wind is down right bitter...especially here!
Luggage and bags no need to have bags to pack it, just get to your computer WiFi or internet cafe
log into Ottawa's info page and links
here it's alll on one page and links to other sites.
People cooperation and wilingness to give and share ;-)))
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear should you want to shop it's all here on a lesser scale
Toiletries and Medical Supplies Shopper's drugmart, Jean Coteau, Pharmaplus-Rexall, within all the major Supermarkets
are the phramacies.
Wonder what's happened to the old drugstore with soda fountain?
Photo Equipment Henry's and Blacks are the specialist
then Future Shop, Best Buy, Audiosound and more
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear MEC, Bushtakah, Trailheads
of course Canadain Tire, Walmart
Miscellaneous Weather Network has it all
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Waterproof shoes, don't forget weatherproof paste.
Waterproof coat etc; you will have make your car ice/snow-free more than once.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies Anti-flu, anti-cold stuff (I prefer Fisherman's Friend).
Some moisturizer for your lips.
Photo Equipment General tips for snow-pictures. In the winter the sun is always low and it is hard to take a good picture of a building at close distance. Long shadows, big difference between black and white.
Luggage and bags Lightweight is best
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Winter, dress warmly, sweater, hats mits, it get really freezing! If you are cold, you won't enjoy it!
Summer can get really hot! Like right now in June! Bring your skis to Ottawa, as there are great ski hills nearby, like Camp Fortune, Vorlage, Mont Cascades
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear Nice place in summer for swimming near Ottawa is at Lac Philippe in Quebec, very close to Ottawa
Luggage and bags I took my rucksack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear It was still warm when I went in October so I was wearing jeans and Tee's but I was tols that in wintwer it can be bitterly cold here. So I guess Warm weather clothing in the winter.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies you can get everything you need in Ottawa.
Photo Equipment You can get everything you need in Ottawa.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear The weather in Ottawa can be really extreme. In the winter, wear really warm heavy clothes because it is COLD! Temperatures can dip below -30 degrees Celsius (I waited 20 min. for the school bus one time in this temp)!
During a summer's day, it can be really hot with temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius. But carry a light jacket or sweater around with you if you're going to be out at night.
Luggage and bags Whatever suits your needs...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Summer - A mix of shorts and long pants, short and long shirts. A rain jacket. Sunglasses, hat. Suncreen and bug repellant if you plan on going on bike trails or parks. It can get quite hot May through August. It's not uncommon to hit 30 C in the summer.
Winter - You'll NEED a warm winter Jacket, gloves or mitts, a winter hat - known in Canada as a tuke or touque. Winter boots. Scarf. Bring long pants only and long underwear if you aren't used to the cold. -30 C is not uncommon during Jan and Feb. Sunglasses are a common thing for people from warm climates to not pack, but you need them even more in the winter, as the sun is low in the sky and the snow really reflects the sun into your eyes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies In summer you'll want insect repellant and sunscreen. Winter youll want lip-balm and it's a good idea for fair skinned people to bring sunscreen as well. A moisturizer or cream is reccomended in the winter months.
You may want to include an antihistamine if you suffer from allergies.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear For god's sake, bring decent boots in the winter or you will be sliding all over the place and complaining about wet feet.
In the summer, bring lightweight clothes because (contrary to popular belief), Ottawa is insanely hot and humid from June - August.
Luggage and bags rucksack and holdall
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear in the summer ottawa is a beautiful place and t-shirts, shorts and sandals can be worn anywhere cos its so damn hot (up in the high 20's and even 30's at times!!) - the best times for this are between June and September. Just sitting outside a pub holding a beer was hard without pouring with sweat. But in the winter 4 months later in December it is such a contrast, snow and ice can cover the paths and its hard to survive the sub-zero temps without gloves, hat, scarf and a big thick duffel coat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies can be bought there but is best to take your own such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo etc..
Photo Equipment a decent digital camera i found was best to take photos of places but a disposable one works just as well for the cheapos out there!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear the beach in summer is a very good idea just remember factor 30 but the beach in winter - dont bother!! its too cold, icy and snowy , although gorgeous to look at.
when camping in winter just remember lots of warm clothes and a decent sleeping bag for the coldness and in summer a thin sleeping bag would do fine and you could even bivvy it it gets so warm.
outdoor gear for ottawa city itself skis, skates for riding the rideau canal.