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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

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Top Hotels in Ottawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lord Elgin Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,997 reviews)

"We stay at the Lord Elgin regularly when visiting Ottawa. The location is great, the hotel is excellent, and the facilities are great."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 29, 2020

Lord Elgin Hotel
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON

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! (2,966 reviews)

"Such a friendly, helpful staff . The check in was quick and we were even given an upgrade without requesting one. This was during the Winterlude which is a very busy time for them but their customer service was top notch! We are looking forward to returning in the summer and staying in this lovely ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Albert At Bay Suite Hotel
Albert At Bay Suite Hotel
3.5 out of 5
435 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
CA $134
per night
Apr 7 - Apr 8

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Library and Archives Canada, Canadian War Museum and National Arts Centre. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (4,282 reviews)

"The suites are well appointed and well maintained. The decor is on the dated side, but the value was certainly still there. Staff were great."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Albert At Bay Suite Hotel

Popular things to do in Ottawa

Rideau Canal
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Rideau Canal

4.5/5(2,307 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(2,311 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(2,143 reviews)

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

Canadian War Museum
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Canadian War Museum

4.5/5(526 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(583 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.

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 activities in Ottawa

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

80% of travellers recommend
CA $35
Per adult
Ottawa private day tour from Montreal
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Ottawa private day tour from Montreal

90% of travellers recommend
CA $199
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ontario
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ontario

CA $13
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Ottawa
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Ottawa

CA $58
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Ontario
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Ontario

CA $14
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Ontario
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Ontario

CA $14
Per adult

Reviews of Ottawa

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2891
5 - Excellent 48.62910008410429%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.15475189234651%
3 - Okay
391
3 - Okay 6.576955424726661%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.35323801513877207%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.28595458368376786%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 27, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 26, 2020

Friendly taxi drivers, 4 different brands of steam shovel working in one place... looking forward to going back again to properly celebrate our son's wedding after the Covid thing is done and we can enjoy all the amenities.

4/5 - Good

Jason

Mar 22, 2020

We love Ottawa.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 22, 2020

Just came for work, not able to experience Ottawa because of Covid-19

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 22, 2020

We were just there to retrieve our daughter from school and bring her home.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 18, 2020

It's a city. The driver's here are aggressive and stupid- scary combination- drive carefully and expect the unexpected. (Compared to Montreal where the drivers are just plain aggressive - at least you know what to expext)

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