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.
Currency Museum
First opened on December 5, 1980, Canada's Currency Museum is located on the ground floor of the Bank of Canada in Ottawa. It is the public face of the National Currency Collection, which contains over 100,000 currency-related artifacts from around the world. These include coins, bank notes, dies, plates, and engraving tools, bank and government ledgers, weights and scales, cash registers, wallets, numismatic medals and cards and examples of counterfeit money.
245 Sparks St
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
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
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

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

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Very Good
Ottawa feels like a cozy village, but it is a big city with lots to see and do. Friendly people and great restaurants and bars are everywhere. If you are a vegetarian there are lots of options for a good meal out. The traffic and public transit in the city could be improved.
Sarah
Canada
April 22, 2017
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Very Good
Ottawa is amazing city. In spite of its status it is quite enough, friendly and there are a lot things to do. It has a beautiful architecture!
Jane
Canada
April 19, 2017
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Exceptional
The construction on Albert Street, with the pedestrian sidewalk blocked in some places, and the fact that some of the underground garages were under construction (i.e. the Radisson Hotel) made it somewhat discouraging and difficult to get around.
Patricia
Canada
April 23, 2017
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Exceptional
My husband and son golfed while I did a bit of shopping. We dined three times at three different restaurants and all were very god.
Lynn
Canada
April 20, 2017
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Very Good
We went to pick my son up from University. Lots of construction in hotel and streets. Lots of interesting things to do if you like to walk....driving around city was awful
Lori
Canada
April 21, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Ottawa

Adam's Airport Inn

8.7 Excellent

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Novotel Ottawa

8.2 Very Good

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$139

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Lord Elgin Hotel

8.4 Very Good

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$102

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ByWard Blue Inn

8.8 Excellent

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$96

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Les Suites Hotel

8.6 Excellent

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$99

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Cartier Place Suite Hotel

8.3 Very Good

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$110

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Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites

8.6 Excellent

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Capital Hill Hotel & Suites

7.7 Good

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$73

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Days Inn - Ottawa

8.1 Very Good

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$92

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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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