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Ottawa
Travel Guide

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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

Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
250 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $113 per night from May 28 to May 28
Located in Ottawa Division, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Nepean Sportsplex and within 6 mi (10 km) of Carleton University and Algonquin College. TD Place ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Very spacious location near side of all ementies"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa West
Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa West
2.5 out of 5
350 Moodie Dr, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $92 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Ottawa Division, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Queensway Carleton Hospital and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Andrew Haydon Park. Centrepointe ...
4/5Very Good! (1,278 reviews)
"Hotel was clean. Staff respected Sanitization and Social Distancing."

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa West
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 $161 per night from May 31 to May 31
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,478 reviews)
"A nice view of the city"

Reviewed on Apr. 26, 2021

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Duvernay Studios and Suites
Duvernay Studios and Suites
2.5 out of 5
92 De L'hotel-De-Ville Street, Gatineau, QC
The price is CA $65 per night from May 15 to May 15
Located in Hull, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Canadian Museum of History and Jacques Cartier Park. Byward Market Square and Parliament ...
3.6/5Good! (498 reviews)
"Convenient location. Staff is friendly and helpful. The suite did not feel was thoroughly cleaned. No hand sanitizers or wipes provided In the suite."

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Duvernay Studios and Suites
Newly Renovated - Modern 1BR Apartment - Prime Walk Score
Newly Renovated - Modern 1BR Apartment - Prime Walk Score
Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $59 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in Lowertown, this romantic apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, Byward Market Square, and National Gallery ...
Newly Renovated - Modern 1BR Apartment - Prime Walk Score
Residences at Kanata Lakes
Residences at Kanata Lakes
3.5 out of 5
1100 Canadian Shield Ave, Ottawa, ON
Located in Ottawa Division, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Canadian Tire Centre. Bell ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (78 reviews)
"We had a great stay at this hotel. The 2 bedroom suite was very spacious and all of the appliances were top of the line. The bathrooms and bedrooms were nicely updated and the space was very clean. The only downside is there aren’t any TVs in the bedrooms and the main tv is not a smart tv and is ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 16, 2021

Residences at Kanata Lakes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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