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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Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON, K1N9M9
The price is CA $185 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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! (2,846 reviews)
"Very nice stay."

Reviewed on Jun. 30, 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 $287 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,787 reviews)
"historic site on Rideau, view of Parliament"

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2022

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Lord Elgin Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, K1P5K8
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $210 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,107 reviews)
"Great place to stay in Ottawa"

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2022

Lord Elgin Hotel
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, K1N 7G1
The price is CA $215 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,346 reviews)
"Location, location , location Although a tornado had hit the area causing delays at check in, the staff took good care of us, even passing out wine as we waited."

Reviewed on Jun. 29, 2022

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Novotel Ottawa City Centre
Novotel Ottawa City Centre
3.5 out of 5
33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9M7
The price is CA $205 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,393 reviews)
"Close to Byward market and shopping"

Reviewed on Jun. 25, 2022

Novotel Ottawa City Centre
Ottawa Marriott Hotel
Ottawa Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Kent St, Ottawa, ON, K1P5R7
The price is CA $186 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,104 reviews)
"Clean"

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2022

Ottawa Marriott Hotel
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