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Ottawa

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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

Novotel Ottawa City Centre
Novotel Ottawa City Centre
3.5 out of 5
33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $128 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Ottawa Art Gallery and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square and Shaw Centre are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,600 reviews)
"Excellent front-desk service."

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2021

Novotel Ottawa City Centre
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $263 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,086 reviews)
"gorgeous castle like hotel with very interesting pool history.... go down and read it. room fairly small but not brutal air conditioner very loud and annoying... good service from staff"

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 2021

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
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 $175 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
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! (1,468 reviews)
"The rooms are modern and well decorated except for the bathroom barn door. It did not lock or stay closed but it wouldn’t matter if it did as all noises made in the bathroom can be heard in the room through the barn doors large gap. Barn doors are a terrible idea and should be the first that gets ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 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.
Newly Renovated - Upscale 2BR in the Byward Market!
Newly Renovated - Upscale 2BR in the Byward Market!
Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $89 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Located in Lowertown, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Byward Market Square, Rideau Centre, and National Gallery of Canada. University ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Practical and Accessible
"All basic amenities where available. Immediate response from the owner and for any maintenance issues. We were Very glad that our dog was allowed. Had a great time."

Reviewed on Jun. 13, 2021

Newly Renovated - Upscale 2BR in the Byward Market!
Luxury 2BR With King Bed - Steps From Byward Market!
Luxury 2BR With King Bed - Steps From Byward Market!
Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $111 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Located in Lowertown, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Canadian Mint, Byward Market Square, and National Gallery of Canada. ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
review
"Amazing experience. Beautiful home and great area! I would recommend this apartment!!"

Reviewed on Jun. 26, 2021

Luxury 2BR With King Bed - Steps From Byward Market!
Prime Walk Location - Boutique 1BR - Byward Market!
Prime Walk Location - Boutique 1BR - Byward Market!
Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $102 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Located in Lowertown, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Byward Market Square, Rideau Centre, and National Gallery of Canada. University of ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Beautiful house
"The host welcomed me with a beautiful and clean house and I will recommend to anyone to book the house cause the host has respect and amazing communication"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Prime Walk Location - Boutique 1BR - Byward Market!
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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