Visit Ottawa: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Ottawa

Parliament Hill and Buildings
Watching over the city centre from its elevated spot, Parliament Hill is the political and cultural heart of Ottawa. The Parliament Buildings themselves are a masterpiece of Gothic revival style, with a striking clock tower and pretty public plaza. If you’re there from late June to late August, don’t miss the ceremonial Changing of the Guard at 10:00 sharp!
Rideau Canal
This picturesque chain of waterways links lakes, rivers and canal all the way from Lake Ontario to Ottawa. The Rideau Canal’s historic roots reach back as far as the 1812 War, when it was built as a strategic shortcut to bypass the Saint Lawrence River. Today, this peaceful beauty spot is perfect for sailing, cycling or scenic drives.
Canadian War Museum
This modern museum rises from the riverbank near Ottawa's Parliament Hill. Inside, an interactive collection explores historic conflicts on home soil, as well as Canada’s role in wars around the world. Even the museum’s design is a reflection on remembrance and regeneration, with a living grass-covered roof and ‘Lest we forget’ etched in Morse code on its windows.
Rideau Locks
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.
Ottawa Convention Center
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.
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.
11 Aviation Parkway
Canadian Tire Centre
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
1000 Palladium Dr
Confederation Square
an urban square in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and is considered the second most important ceremonial centre in Canada's capital city, after Parliament Hill
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.
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
1 Sussex Drive

When to Go to Ottawa

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

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Exceptional
Ottawa is such a beautiful clean city. Went with my family and Mom. Lots to see and do within walking distance to everything, even walked over to Quebec for dinner. Loved everything about the city!
Ann Marie
Canada
June 24, 2017
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Very Good
I visit regularly and enjoy all that Ottawa offers. My favourite area for restaurants is Little Italy. A bit of a nightmare to drive around but you get use to it.
DrPevers
United Kingdom
June 24, 2017
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Exceptional
Ottawa is a fabulous city to visit..so many things to do and see, from visiting the Parliament bldgs. to strolling along the Rideau canal and Byward market.
Douglas
Canada
June 24, 2017
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Very Good
The Byward area was lively and great in the evening for meals and bars. The Ridue centre was an excellent fresh shopping mall, the parliament area is worth a visit
Craig
United Kingdom
June 24, 2017
8
Very Good
Did not spend much time in Ottawa this trip but have spent time in the past and found it a great city to visit. Many great museums and spaces.
Glenna
Canada
June 24, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Ottawa

Adam's Airport Inn

8.7 Excellent

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$75

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Lord Elgin Hotel

8.5 Very Good

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$120

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Les Suites Hotel

8.6 Excellent

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$117

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Novotel Ottawa

8.2 Very Good

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$127

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Cartier Place Suite Hotel

8.3 Very Good

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$97

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ByWard Blue Inn

8.8 Excellent

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$109

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier

8.6 Excellent

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$153

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Capital Hill Hotel & Suites

7.8 Good

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$97

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Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill

7.5 Good

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$101

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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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