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Visit Ottawa

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!(25 area reviews)

Find authentic Italian restaurants, lavish street festivals and a century-old Catholic church in this historic immigrant neighborhood in Ottawa’s southwest.

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
CA $169
per night
Jan 25 - Jan 26

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! (2,782 reviews)

"The history of the hotel was wonderful to see and read. the view of the city from my room was beautiful at night. the room was perfect and the bed extremely comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Lord Elgin Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON
CA $157
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National War Memorial, Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill. Rideau Canal is 1.6 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,795 reviews)

"Property was very clean, beds were amazingly comfortable but walls are thin as everytime our neighbour used the washroom we could hear it. Front desk and cleaning staff were friendly and the Valet employee Will was extremely friendly and helpful. Did not like that our vehicle was parked outside, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Lord Elgin Hotel
The Business Inn
The Business Inn
2.5 out of 5
180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON
CA $97
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

Located in Centretown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canadian Tribute to Human Rights and Museum of Nature. University of Ottawa and National Arts ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5,312 reviews)

"The AC/heating units should be changed. The loud that comes from the unit is too loud."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2020

The Business Inn

Popular things to do in Ottawa

Parliament Hill
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Parliament Hill

4.5/5(2,249 reviews)

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

National Gallery of Canada
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National Gallery of Canada

4.5/5(765 reviews)

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

Rideau Canal
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Rideau Canal

4.5/5(2,213 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.

Canadian War Museum
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Canadian War Museum

4.5/5(503 reviews)

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

Canadian Museum of History
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Canadian Museum of History

4.5/5(546 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.

Byward Market Square
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Byward Market Square

4.5/5(2,037 reviews)

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

Top activities in Ottawa

Canadian War Museum
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Canadian War Museum

CA $19

Canada’s military history comes to life at the Canadian War Museum. See artifacts from Canada’s wartime past and explore exhibits that delve into the experience of war, Canada’s role in the world’s conflicts, and instances of armed violence on Canadian soil.

Canadian Museum of History
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Canadian Museum of History

CA $23

Breathtaking setting. Majestic architecture. Fascinating exhibitions. Welcome to Canada’s national museum of history, exploring this country’s rich cultural heritage, including the outstanding achievements of First Peoples.

Ottawa Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
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Ottawa Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

CA $35

With our customized tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see.

Ottawa private day tour from Montreal
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Ottawa private day tour from Montreal

CA $189

While visiting Montreal, you have to take a day trip to Ottawa - capital city of Canada. A 2 hour drive will get your group to one of the most peaceful and beautiful city in our country.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Ottawa, ON
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Ottawa, ON

CA $3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

ByWard Market Tasting Experience
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ByWard Market Tasting Experience

CA $100

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: ByWard Market, 267 Dalhousie St Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7E3 Canada Restaurants visited are in the heart of Ottawa's most historic and visited Market. Duration: 3 hours

Reviews of Ottawa

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Sue

Jan 16, 2020

Love Ottawa! Beautiful city, safe and lots to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Tiffany

Jan 7, 2020

Love Ottawa

5/5 - Excellent

Rob

Jan 5, 2020

So much to see and do in Ottawa! Several museums, lots of restaurants, hopping, Parliament Hill, The Byward Market, etc. Nothing is too far away, as long as you have a vehicle.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

We were disappointed there were no New Years Eve celebrations at parliament hill. We can for fireworks and a party atmosphere but found neither.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 1, 2020

Love Ottawa!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 1, 2020

Ottawa is the best city in the world because they have the NHL team named the Ottawa senators and there are the best.

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