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Canada’s gorgeous capital offers an array of galleries, museums, nature parks and historic sites, making it the perfect cultural and romantic escape.

Canada’s stylish capital, Ottawa, is a city rich in arts, heritage and sciences. The city blends ultra-modern and Victorian Gothic architecture, balances technology with nature and offers cuisines from across the globe.

Begin your stay with a trip to the historic Parliament Buildings on Parliament Hill. Visit the Library of Parliament and the iconic Peace Tower. These Gothic Revival buildings are adorned with gold-leaf ceilings and ornate images of Canada’s past. Explore Centre Block and listen to political debates in the House of Commons and the Senate. Continue your appreciation of Gothic Revival-style architecture at the Notre Dame Basilica, a Canadian National Historic Site. Admire the terraced galleries, stained-glass windows and altars rich in adornments.

The nation’s capital has plenty of galleries and museums to explore. Follow the history of modern warfare at the Canadian War Museum. Learn about the country’s place in the history of flight at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and marvel at how humans have developed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. See old art masters and learn about new ones while discovering Canada’s rich cultural heritage at the National Gallery of Canada.

Ottawa is a city for all seasons with winter snow activities and summer hikes. Discover heritage estates, natural beauty and the rich biodiversity of the popular Gatineau Park. In the summer, boat on the Rideau Canal, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. Skate on the canal in the winter when it transforms into the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink.

Ottawa is an easy city to navigate, with most of the attractions located within walking distance of each other. Check the opening hours of museums before you go since they can vary depending on the season and day of the week. Peak season is during the summer months from June through August and the low season is from November through April.

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Where to stay in Ottawa

Little Italy featuring signage, café lifestyle and street scenes

Little Italy

4/5Very Good!(29 area reviews)

Be sure to check out the restaurants and shopping while you're strolling through Little Italy, and hop on the metro at Carling Station to see more of the surrounding area.

Little Italy

Top Hotels in Ottawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $208 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,132 reviews)

"People vert Nice and helpful Professionnel and speaker french"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

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 $159 per night

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,552 reviews)

"Great hotel, near Parliament and bayward market. Good service, clean rooms. Due to social distancing, and maximum number of 4 guests per elevator, had to wait but it is not the hotel’s fault"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
250 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $106 per night

Located in Ottawa Division, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Nepean Sportsplex and within 6 miles (10 km) of Carleton University and Algonquin College. Mooney's ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (721 reviews)

"In the midst of the pandemic we were pleased at our whole experience here. Clean, good check in, good staff."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 13, 2020

Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel

Popular places to visit in Ottawa

Rideau Canal
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Rideau Canal

4.5/5(2,311 reviews)

This engineering and scenic marvel fills with pleasure craft in summer and transforms into the world’s longest naturally frozen skating rink in winter.

Parliament Hill
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Parliament Hill

4.5/5(2,315 reviews)

Spend a day enjoying the lively debates, artworks, library and Gothic Revival architecture of Canada’s political heart.

Byward Market Square
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Byward Market Square

4.5/5(2,146 reviews)

Fresh local produce, artisanal handicrafts and historic courtyards are some of the many features of Ottawa’s oldest and busiest market.

Canadian Museum of History
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Canadian Museum of History

4.5/5(586 reviews)

At this museum, one of the most visited in Canada, discover the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped the nation’s history.

Canadian War Museum
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Canadian War Museum

4.5/5(527 reviews)

The country’s museum of military history features collections of weapons and vehicles that cover hundreds of years of conflict.

National Gallery of Canada
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National Gallery of Canada

4.5/5(787 reviews)

Explore art through the ages in this impressive collection of national and international works of art.

Top things to do in Ottawa

A La Carte Culinary Tour Experience - 1 Day
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A La Carte Culinary Tour Experience - 1 Day

CA $36
Per adult
Ottawa Dinner Show Dance
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Ottawa Dinner Show Dance

CA $127
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Ottawa
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Ottawa

CA $340
Per adult
Culinary Arts Workshop
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Culinary Arts Workshop

CA $72
Per adult
Ottawa Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
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Ottawa Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

CA $60
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Exploring the Heart of Ottawa
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Exploring the Heart of Ottawa

CA $168
Per adult

Reviews of Ottawa

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 25, 2020

we used to live there. It was great to visit and see friends and family. Unfortunately due to Covid 19, we couldn't do everything we wanted to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Lori

May 13, 2020

Great place to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 4, 2020

No. I live there.

4/5 - Good

J

May 4, 2020

Beautiful city to walk in -hotel very close to Parliament Hill, Byward Market, the canal, museums.

5/5 - Excellent

Lali

Apr 21, 2020

If you are visiting Canada you have to come to Ottawa

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 27, 2020

Everything good , except breakfast , pool was working clean , gym working clean

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