Ottawa is Canada’s beautiful capital city, set on the south bank of the Ottawa River in Ontario. The city is peppered with national and historical sites, with cultural attractions and festive celebrations that you can enjoy throughout the year. Popularly thought of as a winter destination, Ottawa’s waterways and parks come to life in the warmer months. Rideau Canal offers scenic boating. But come wintertime, it becomes the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink.

    Although Ottawa’s one of Canada’s modern hubs for technology and science, the city still has a deep appreciation for history, culture, and ceremonies. Set your eyes on Parliament Hill by the river for one of the city’s most picturesque views and witness the city’s changing of the guards against some of the city’s grandest Gothic Revival buildings. Enjoy Ottawa’s great outdoors at its beautiful parks or go on scenic walks or bike rides through the downtown area.

    Where to shop & what to buy in Ottawa

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Ottawa

      For the best places to go shopping in Ottawa, you’re in for a treat because the Canadian capital has got it all. From glitzy megamalls to hip retail districts and organic farmers' markets, the city has a slew of shopping options that cater to virtually every budget and taste. Whether you’re searching for a quintessential Canadian souvenir or a few...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Ottawa

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Ottawa

      The best things to do after dinner in Ottawa include top places for experiencing the city’s diverse nightlife scene. You could spend the day in prominent shopping districts browsing for local goods during the day, followed by a spot of bar-hopping after sunset. Having the Ottawa River running through Ottawa’s downtown core offers a chance to take in views...

    Useful information

    • Ottawa Travel Essentials

      Our Ottawa Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to the capital city of Canada. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all...

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