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Ottawa
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Ottawa

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $230 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,129 reviews)

"Lots of history all around the hotel rooms old doors solid wood right across from parliament buildings"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2021

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
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 $109 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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. Mooney's ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (926 reviews)

"Location is great. Lots of walkable places to eat. Room was nice and very quiet. My only negative was TV channels. For some reason both TSN channels listed were NA the entire time I was there and strangely they don’t even have any Sportsnet channels available? It’s been a long time since I’ve been ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
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 $144 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

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! (1,516 reviews)

"The rooms were in great condition and I loved the modern style. Beds were comfy. Excellent iced coffee in the morning from the lobby bar :)"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 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.

Vacation Rentals in Ottawa

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $108 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Centre and Byward Market Square. University of Ottawa and National ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,387 reviews)

"Spacious suite, excellent laundry facilities but soap/softener was not provided. Television was not reliable, stations were constantly losing signal. Not a well stocked kitchen, the basics were there but no oven ware, salt/pepper or paper towels. Our key cards had to be re issued 3 times and they ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Cartier Place Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
180 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $161 per night from Mar 30 to Mar 31

Located in Centretown, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Confederation Park and National Arts Centre. University of Ottawa and Parliament ...

4/5Very Good! (2,219 reviews)

"I have recently had mobility issues and travelling with them is new to me. I sent details and a few requests to the hotel before I arrived and everything was exactly as I needed it upon arrival. I was very relieved. Great place. Great people."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2020

Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Duvernay Studios and Suites
Duvernay Studios and Suites
2.5 out of 5
92 De L'hotel-De-Ville Street, Gatineau, QC

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! (499 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
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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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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