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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
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 Reviews & Photos

Rhianon
10
Exceptional
Ottawa had lots to offer. Traveling in winter can be difficult, but never disappoints in summer. We arrived-27 but still a great weekend, just avoid the outdoors. Escape room lots of fun. Lots of bars and restaurants in market area. Also lots of cabs
Rhianon
Canada
January 8, 2018
jacquelyn
10
Exceptional
Beautiful city with so many lovely restaurants and shops! The architecture and buildings in the downtown is beautiful. Visit the ByWard market and pubs.
jacquelyn
Canada
January 15, 2018
Driad
8
Very Good
Verry good place for rest... A lot of good place to eat. I visit The musium of war, it is verry special.
Driad
Canada
January 7, 2018
Eli
10
Exceptional
There are so many things to do in this historic city. Skate on parliament hill or the Rideau Canal. Explore the vast Byward Market area, or tour the parliament buildings. This city has much to offer.
Eli
Canada
January 21, 2018
10
Exceptional
Fabulous city! Skating at Parliament! Exploring The Byward Market! Shopping at Rideau Center . Meandering around the streets! HaPpY and Proud to be Canadian !
Canada
January 20, 2018

Accommodations & Hotels in Ottawa

Adam's Airport Inn

8.8 Excellent

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$80

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ByWard Blue Inn

8.8 Excellent

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$84

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Lord Elgin Hotel

8.6 Excellent

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$120

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Days Inn - Ottawa

7.9 Good

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$68

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Novotel Ottawa

8.3 Very Good

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$112

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Cartier Place Suite Hotel

8.2 Very Good

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$86

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Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites

8.6 Excellent

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$104

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Les Suites Hotel

8.6 Excellent

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$125

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Albert at Bay Suite Hotel

9.1 Awesome

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$96

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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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