Downtown Ottawa

Ottawa
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica which includes religious aspects, a church or cathedral and heritage elements
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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Top Hotels in Downtown Ottawa

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown
3.5 out of 5
361 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON, K1R 0C7
The price is CA $135 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
CA $135
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"Great property. super clean. very polite and professional staff"

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown
Lord Elgin Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, K1P5K8
The price is CA $189 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 26
CA $189
per night
Dec 25 - Dec 26
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,046 reviews)
"Very nice accomodation...bed was a little uncomfortable so did not sleep well"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2022

Lord Elgin Hotel
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON, K1N9M9
The price is CA $166 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
CA $166
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (3,089 reviews)
"The location is excellent, 5 minute walk to the Byward Market along with the mall"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2022

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8S7
The price is CA $239 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 25
CA $239
per night
Dec 24 - Dec 25
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy 3 restaurants, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,576 reviews)
"Chambre vide: pas de brochure sur hôtel pas de menu, pas de sac pour le linge sale. Salle de bain: un état lamentable , trace de rouille sur le marbre depuis des années, le calfeutrage à refaire. Si cela est la politique de Fairmont une honte pour Accord. Chambre 607. Impossible d’obtenir un contact ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2022

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
reStays Ottawa
reStays Ottawa
4 out of 5
101 Queen St, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5C7
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $209 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
CA $209
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Popular attractions Parliament Hill and Byward Market Square ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (464 reviews)
"I absolutely loved the location and all of the amenities. Far exceeded my expectation"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2022

reStays Ottawa
The Westin Ottawa
The Westin Ottawa
4 out of 5
11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9H4
The price is CA $203 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 26
CA $203
per night
Dec 25 - Dec 26
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Best hotel in the downtown core. Location is optimal. Breakfast is just as good if not better then anywhere in the area."

Reviewed on Nov. 15, 2022

The Westin Ottawa
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