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Ottawa

Known for Museum, Walking and Culture

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

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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.

Things to do in Ottawa

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sit at the controls of beautifully preserved vintage aircraft, take off in a flight simulator and discover Canada’s contribution to space exploration.

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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.

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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.

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Connect with a local photographer to capture your most memorable Ottawa moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on what to eat, see and do and return from your trip with beautiful, high quality, holiday memories. The best souvenir ever.

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Grab a seat on the Lady Dive for an amphibus exploration of Ottawa and Gatineau. Pass by the capital region’s architecture by land, and then get a view of the cityscape from the water as your vehicle dips into the surrounding rivers.

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Tour Canada’s capital city at your own pace, hopping on and off at your leisure as you cruise through town on a London-style open top double-decker bus.. Dive into the city’s culture and history, and take in well-known government and architectural sites.

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Ottawa has so much to see and do that it is hard to pack it all in one day, but somehow, we managed it. The Ultimate Ottawa Tour is a half day tour that allows you to tour some of the city’s most popular attractions.

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