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.

Accommodations near Rideau Locks
Ottawa Convention Center

Convention Centers

National sights and landmarks, cultural treasures and celebration, natural beauty, and a relaxed, cosmopolitan attitude…Ottawa is Canada’s Capital and an extraordinary meeting destination offering an all-new Convention Center, excellent hotels, an award-winning airport, and broad appeal.

Accommodations near Ottawa Convention Center
  • 55 Colonel By Drive
Canada Aviation and Space Museum


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.

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

Stadiums or 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

Accommodations near Canadian Tire Centre
  • 1000 Palladium Dr
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.

Accommodations 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

Accommodations near Confederation Square
  • Elgin and Wellington
Peace Tower


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

Accommodations near Peace Tower
  • Parliament Hill
Rideau Hall


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

Accommodations near Rideau Hall
  • 1 Sussex Drive

Reviews of Ottawa


Very good

October 27, 2016

Public transportation stinks in this city!! Having said that, many attractions are in walking distance of each other, so wear good walking shoes!
2 reviews

Very good

October 26, 2016

We really didn't get a chance to see too much of Ottawa. We were there for a tournament. What we did see was lots of construction, which made getting around a bit of a hassle.
2 reviews

Very good

October 27, 2016

Lovely city and not too big so able to get around and visit what you wanted in 2 1/2 days . Nice architecture with access to river and canal close by.
United Kingdom
3 reviews

Very good

October 27, 2016

Main sights within walking distance of Parliament Hill. Eating out? best to try Byward Market, Elgin Street and Sparks Street.
United Kingdom
6 reviews


October 26, 2016

We were in an ideal position to enjoy the 'old town' and 'new town' both. Excellent distance to everything!
6 reviews

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October 25, 2016

Sorry I didn't get any time to enjoy the city as my activities were centred outside the immediate area.
1 review

Very good

October 25, 2016

Westbound traffic on 417 at around 5:30 pm October 24 from St Laurent to Kanata was CRAWLING! BAD!!
10 reviews

Accommodations and Hotels in Ottawa

Adam's Airport Inn

8.6 Excellent

Score from 821 reviews


Average price per night
  • 2721 Bank Street, Ottawa
Novotel Ottawa

8.1 Very good

Score from 1884 reviews


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  • 33 Nicholas Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
ByWard Blue Inn

8.8 Excellent

Score from 2446 reviews


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  • 157 Clarence Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 1231 reviews


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  • 130 Besserer Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Arc The Hotel

8.2 Very good

Score from 733 reviews


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  • 140 Slater Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Cartier Place Suite Hotel

8.2 Very good

Score from 2020 reviews


Average price per night
  • 180 Cooper Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Albert at Bay Suite Hotel

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 879 reviews


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

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1075 reviews


Average price per night
  • 150 Albert Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
Capital Hill Hotel & Suites

7.7 Good

Score from 2531 reviews


Average price per night
  • 88 Albert Street, Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa
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Recommended in Ottawa

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

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