Things to do in Ottawa

Rideau Locks

Popular areas

Once the most dominant feature of Ottawa, most drivers passing over this bridge never notice the beautiful flight of eight locks. More than just an item of passing historic interest, these locks are the reason for the founding of Ottawa and represent an amazing engineering achievement in the middle of the Canadian wilderness of the early 19th century. Although motorists don't get a good view of the locks, the Plaza Bridge does provide pedestrians with an excellent view. Canada's Parliament buildings rise majestically in the background. The locks connect the channel of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa to the Ottawa River, almost 80 feet (24.4 m) below.

Accommodation near Rideau Locks
Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Museums

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum as Canada’s national museum has earned an international reputation and following and is recognized as having the most extensive aviation collection in Canada and one which ranks among the finest in the world.

Accommodation near Canada Aviation and Space Museum
  • 11 Aviation Parkway
Canadian Tire Centre

Stadiums and arenas

anadian Tire Centre is a multi-purpose arena, located in the western suburb of Kanata, in Ottawa, Ontario. Its purpose is mainly for the NHL team, the Ottawa Senators. It also hosts the Canadian University Men's Basketball Championship

Accommodation near Canadian Tire Centre
  • 1000 Palladium Dr
Ottawa Convention Centre

Conference centres

The Ottawa Convention Centre is a convention centre in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The new building features a large glass facade on the Colonel By Drive front and boasts 192,000 square feet of facilities.

Accommodation near Ottawa Convention Centre
  • 55 Colonel By Drive
Byward Market

Popular areas

This neighbourhood is considered the heart of Ottawa. Many fine restaurants and bars are located here. It contains tons of tourist attractions such as horse carriages and street performers.

Accommodation near Byward Market
Confederation Square

Popular areas

an urban square in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and is considered the second most important ceremonial centre in Canada's capital city, after Parliament Hill

Accommodation near Confederation Square
  • Elgin and Wellington
Peace Tower

Landmarks

a focal bell and clock tower, sitting on the central axis of the Centre Block of the Canadian parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario.

Accommodation near Peace Tower
  • Parliament Hill
Rideau Hall

Landmarks

Rideau Hall is, since 1867, the official residence in Ottawa of both the Canadian monarch and the Governor General of Canada

Accommodation near Rideau Hall
  • 1 Sussex Drive

Reviews of Ottawa

10

Exceptional

27 July 2016

Ottawa is an Amazing city if I had to move any where it would be to Ottawa. We love the endless biking paths outdoor year round access to all the many activities. The Market is wonderful many shops restaurants etc.Getting around Ottawa is easy and a safe city to walk about a ... Show more t anytime. Show less
Priscilla
Canada
2 reviews
8

Very good

27 July 2016

I liked everything about Ottawa. We were there to see our granddaughter's soccer tournament, however we wished we had to stay a few days longer to take in more of this beautiful city
Rose
Canada
1 review
10

Exceptional

27 July 2016

Compact city with many interesting sites and activities. The people were friendly and helpful ... beautiful location ... great place to visit!
Dennis
USA
8 reviews
8

Very good

26 July 2016

Ottawa was surprisinglhy busy and livelyAppreciated a mixed crowd of people which nae ne safe walking around. Ate at Fish Market Vineyards Excellent.
Eva
Canada
1 review
10

Exceptional

27 July 2016

Canada Day in Ottawa is a tradition for my son and I! The 2 of us always have a blast!
ANITA
Canada
1 review
10

Exceptional

26 July 2016

Parliament buildings are beautiful. Restaurants are must better prices than other popular Canadian cities
Tim0c
USA
1 review
10

Exceptional

26 July 2016

The show at the National Gallery. Events on Parliament Hill==sky divers on Sat. night!
Lynne
Canada
2 reviews

Accommodation and hotels in Ottawa

Adam's Airport Inn

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 784 reviews

£56

Average price per night
  • 2721 Bank Street, Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 1087 reviews

£85

Average price per night
  • 130 Besserer Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
ByWard Blue Inn

8.7 Fabulous

Score from 2466 reviews

£75

Average price per night
  • 157 Clarence Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Novotel Ottawa

8.1 Very good

Score from 1800 reviews

£81

Average price per night
  • 33 Nicholas Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Cartier Place Suite Hotel

8.3 Very good

Score from 1895 reviews

£87

Average price per night
  • 180 Cooper Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill

7.4 Good

Score from 788 reviews

£79

Average price per night
  • 402 Queen Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Lord Elgin Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 1643 reviews

£83

Average price per night
  • 100 Elgin Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Capital Hill Hotel & Suites

7.6 Good

Score from 2465 reviews

£64

Average price per night
  • 88 Albert Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 954 reviews

£99

Average price per night
  • 150 Albert Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why do people say Ottawa is best seen on foot?

I toured all over Ottawa on foot. Lord Elgin was walking distance to Parliament, Byward market, the Rideau Canal, Canadian Mint, and the Museums (Nature, Bytown, War, Art, and Civilization). I was also able to walk to Little Italy on Preston and Chinatown on Somerset. Some places took a half hour to walk to but I enjoy walking. I saved a ton not getting a car rental or buying gas.

Winter is a good time if you are willing to brave the cold. Weekdays between 12 and 4.

Walking is the best way to seeistof Ottawa. Some things you need a car for.

The artitectural and history behind these amazing historical buildings.

Sir John A Pub - across from hotel, great food, great atmosphere

fee free visits to museums on Thursday between 4:00-8:00pm.

The tumble of the unknown soldier.

Question period at Parliament Hill

civilization and arts

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