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Downtown OttawaOttawa

Discover art, delve into history and savor natural beauty in the heart of Canada’s national capital, a delightful blend of old and new.

Where Québec meets Ontario and the Rideau Canal meets the Ottawa River lies the picturesque center of Downtown Ottawa. Explore the city’s ceremonial sites and memorials, engage with art and history or simply indulge in riverside relaxation.

Begin with a walk through Confederation Park, viewing its fountain and gardens as well as the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument. Depending on the season, you might also join in public celebrations such as Winterlude, Canada Day or the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Continue on to nearby Confederation Square, where the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier pay tribute to the sacrifice of Canadians in war. Check the schedule for the adjacent National Arts Centre, a prestigious bilingual hub for ballet, theater and classical music. Stroll the grounds at Parliament Hill and climb the iconic Peace Tower for gorgeous views.

Heading north, cross the narrow Rideau Canal and appreciate this vital waterway. Follow its path by tour boat, bike in warmer months or join locals to celebrate wintertime with seasonal treats and ice-skating. Visit neighboring Bytown Museum, which tells Ottawa’s story since its humble origins as a lumber town and military depot. Shop at the modern CF Rideau Centre or purchase local foodstuffs at the historic, sprawling ByWard Market.

Stop at the Notre-Dame Cathedral to admire its spires and interior. Services are conducted in English, French or a combination. Tour the Royal Canadian Mint to appreciate its historic riverside premises and learn the technical process involved in making coins.

Finally, travel to the National Gallery of Canada, an elegant glass-and-granite structure whose large windows offer lovely outlooks onto Parliament Hill and the water. Explore collections of Canadian and international art, including significant works by First Peoples. Complete your visit with a trip to the gift shop and a meal at one of the gallery’s in-house cafés.

Downtown Ottawa can be explored on foot or by bus. Travel from the airport by car in about 20 minutes.


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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $230 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National War Memorial, Shaw Centre, and National Arts Centre. Byward Market Square ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,123 reviews)

"The closeness to downtown and for skating on the canal."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2021

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
4 out of 5
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $144 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square, Shaw Centre, and National Gallery of Canada. Parliament Hill and University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,511 reviews)

"Great hotel. Clean. Kind staff. A"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Arc The Hotel
Arc The Hotel
4 out of 5
140 Slater St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $112 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,093 reviews)

"Great hotel and very nice room! Clean, spacious and great customer service! A little bit noisy due to the heating system and downtown location. We had to pay extra for parking (25$/night)."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

Arc The Hotel
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $116 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Centre and Byward Market Square. University of Ottawa and National ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,381 reviews)

"We loved our stay at Les Suites Ottawa so much that we booked another weekend there 2 weeks later. We are a very well travelled family - we know a great place when we happen on it, and this place is a gem. The staff was so warm and welcoming.... and so helpful (we had a problem with our safe in the ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
The Westin Ottawa
The Westin Ottawa
4 out of 5
11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $166 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Centre, Byward Market Square, and Parliament Hill. University of Ottawa ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,245 reviews)

"Most dog friendly hotel in Ottawa! Great staff. And a good location as well."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2021

The Westin Ottawa
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East
2.5 out of 5
235 KING EDWARD AVENUE, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $90 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Lowertown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Byward Market Square and National Gallery of Canada. University of Ottawa and Parliament Hill ...

4.1/5Very Good! (742 reviews)

"Everything was amazing, the room was so clean, smell well and the bed so comfortable, I really enjoyed to stay in this hotel. I highly recommend this place!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2021

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East
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