Top reasons to visit:

  • Museums (847)
  • Sightseeing (421)
  • History (319)
  • Shopping (302)
  • Culture (190)
  • Food (167)
  • Markets (150)
  • Restaurants (149)
  • Architecture (140)
  • Monuments (114)

Ottawa was highly rated for museums by 40 guests from the United States!

What did you discover about the museums in Ottawa that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Christine
Christine, Canada

7 days ago Report

Gift shopping at the museum shops! Wonderful selection of items at reasonable prices which you can't purchase at regular retail stores. Did most of my Christmas shopping while visiting the museums.

What is it in Ottawa that makes history come to life?

Emilia
Emilia, Australia

4 days ago Report

the history of the city is an integral part of the image of Otawa being the capital of Canada.Only knowing the historical facts about how the city was made one can understand the specifics of the anglo/french speaking cCanada.

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Ottawa?

Leigh
Leigh, Canada

27 days ago Report

Within cab distance to the Canadian Tire Centre if you were in Kanata for a game or a concert.

How can you enjoy the sights in Ottawa while avoiding the crowds?

annkeown
annkeown, Canada

25 days ago Report

From the Business Inn most of the must see Ottawa locations are walkable. This gives you a better feel for the City.

Why do people say Ottawa can be seen best by foot?

Angeline
Angeline, Canada

13 days ago Report

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.

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Ottawa.

Anonymous, Unknown location

22 days ago Report

Parliament, rideau locks, canal, old cathedral...
  • Food 167 endorsements

Why do you recommend Ottawa for food?

Christine
Christine, Canada

7 days ago Report

Loads of choices at fair prices
  • Stargazing 13 endorsements

How did you find the best spot for stargazing in Ottawa?

Anonymous, Unknown location

5 days ago Report

it was beutiful
  • Romantic 14 endorsements

Some say romance is dead; how does Ottawa prove them wrong?

Angeline
Angeline, Canada

13 days ago Report

During dusk, go to where the Rideau Canal gates are and sit on the ledge to over look the Ottawa River. It's a spectacular view with the sunset, river and city lights. It's definitely a romantic feeling to be in.
  • Restaurants 149 endorsements

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Joanne
Joanne, Canada

11 days ago Report

Sir John A Pub - across from hotel, great food, great atmosphere
  • Shopping 302 endorsements

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Ottawa.

Leigh
Leigh, Canada

27 days ago Report

We were in Kanata and there are several stores and restaurants very close to this hotel. I'm sure if we were there long enough, we would have found a mall close by too.
  • City Trip 94 endorsements

What makes Ottawa one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Donal
Donal, Ireland

28 days ago Report

Federal Parliament, restaurants in Byward Market, Rideau Canal, lake beached in Gatineau Park.
  • Culture 190 endorsements

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Ottawa?

Eve
Eve, Canada

8 days ago Report

Visit the Art Gallery, the Museum of Civilization, a Senators' Hockey game, or a RedBlacks Football game
  • Business 59 endorsements

How do you fit in some sightseeing when you're in Ottawa on business?

Anonymous, Unknown location

16 days ago Report

I'd suggest making your way to the Rideau Center at least, they have excellent shopping and a great selection of places to eat, both in the mall and the surrounding area.
  • Nightlife 39 endorsements

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Ottawa?

Margaret
Margaret, Canada

1 day ago Report

Parking was a problem. Take a cab.
  • Clean Air 9 endorsements

Why did the clean air in Ottawa have an impact on you?

xiaolong
xiaolong, Canada

6 days ago Report

Breezy for most times and fresh.
  • Tourism 73 endorsements

How is tourism changing Ottawa?

Nancy
Nancy, Canada

8 days ago Report

You don't have to change it.
  • Castles 4 endorsements

How well restored were the castles in Ottawa?

Glenyce
Glenyce, Canada

5 days ago Report

War memorial right across the road, parliament buildings next door, Rideau Canal and locks right beside hotel
  • Markets 150 endorsements

What's your best bargaining strategy for the market in Ottawa?

IVAN
IVAN, Brazil

26 days ago Report

Shops along By ward Market

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