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Things To Do In Ottawa

Uncover the Capital’s Hidden Gems

Capital city of Canada, Ottawa is a blend of English and French culture, rich in history, and brimming with activities for all ages. Nestled alongside the Ottawa River, this city is a treasure trove of discoveries waiting to be made. As you embark on your Ottawa adventure, here’s a list of must-visit places. Visit us for even more recommendations!

Historical Landmarks & Museums

Experience the pulse of Canada's past and present in Ottawa.

Parliament Hill

Beyond its political significance, Parliament Hill offers guided tours that explore the Gothic Revival architecture. Be sure to visit the Peace Tower for a breathtaking view of the city.

Canadian Museum of History

Step back in time and explore the Grand Hall's Indigenous totem poles, reconstructions of Canada's past, and children's museum with hands-on exhibits.

National War Memorial

This solemn landmark stands as a tribute not just to the World Wars but to all of Canada's military engagements.

Royal Canadian Mint

Go behind the scenes to discover the craftsmanship in every Canadian coin. The boutique also offers unique souvenirs.

Arts & Culture

Indulge in Ottawa's rich cultural tapestry.

National Gallery of Canada

Aside from its vast collection of masterpieces, the Gallery hosts regular workshops and family Sundays where art comes alive.

Canadian Museum of Nature

A palace of nature, its Earth Gallery displays real meteorites and dazzling minerals, while the Water Gallery houses an actual blue whale skeleton.

National Arts Centre

A cultural landmark, hosting a diverse range of performances, from classic theatre to indigenous stories.

Ottawa’s Bustling Neighbourhoods

Discover the unique charm of Ottawa's diverse neighbourhoods.

ByWard Market

Beyond shopping, this historic market has cobblestone streets dotted with murals, art installations, and vibrant nightlife.


A creative hub, Hintonburg is known for its artisan shops, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and eateries like the Wellington Gastropub. The Hintonburg Park is a local favorite for relaxation.

Westboro Village

A mix of old-world charm and modern sophistication, Westboro is home to unique boutiques, outdoor gear shops, and eateries like Pure Kitchen. Westboro Beach is a serene spot to relax.


Steeped in history, it boasts the Rockcliffe Park, a Conservation District due to its historic homes. The Rockcliffe Lookout offers stunning views of the Ottawa River.

Natural Wonders

Reconnect with nature without leaving the city.

Gatineau Park

Beyond hiking, the Mackenzie King Estate here tells the story of a former Prime Minister amidst serene ruins and gardens.

Rideau Canal

During the summer, the canal is bustling with paddle boats and canoes, while in winter, it becomes a magical skating wonderland with BeaverTails stalls offering sweet treats.

Dow’s Lake

Summer rentals at Dow’s Lake Marina include canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats, and come with a life-jacket. They are available between the months of late May to mid-September. The annual Tulip Festival here transforms the lake into a colorful palette of blossoms.

Food & Drink

Ottawa's culinary scene is as diverse as its culture.

El Camino

Experience authentic tacos and a raw bar that offers fresh oysters and ceviches.


Set in a former bank, this eatery combines luxury with comfort food.


A heritage building transformed into a modern dining experience, Beckta is a fusion of history and culinary innovation.

Year-Round Festivities

Celebrate Ottawa's spirit at these events.


Season: Winter

Besides ice sculptures, the Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park is a wonder for kids and adults alike.

Canadian Tulip Festival

Season: Spring

Beyond the blooms, indulge in international performances, art displays, and culinary treats.

Canada Day Celebrations

Season: Summer

The city becomes one grand party with multicultural events, fireworks, and concerts.

Tips & Recommendations

Call or visit us to plan your perfect Ottawa getaway. We’re happy to offer recommendations and advice for your trip to Ottawa.


While English is widely spoken, many Ottawans are bilingual in English and French.


Consider using the OC Transpo public transportation system to easily navigate the city.


Canadian Dollar (CAD) is used. Most places accept cards, but having some cash is handy for small vendors in places like ByWard Market.