What to see in Ottawa

Ottawa Attractions

Ottawa is a green city, packed with parks and open spaces, and as the capital of Canada sports numerous national attractions and top museums, so a holiday in Ottawa is a busy whirl of sightseeing. The city also has a hectic events calendar, so it is wise to check what's on when planning a holiday in Ottawa to make sure you don't miss out on a fun festival whatever time of year it is, from ice-carving in winter to exploring tulip gardens in the spring.

Anyone and everyone will enjoy a holiday in Ottawa, but it is particularly well suited to more active vacationers, who can cycle or roller-blade along the miles of trails set out in the city, and ice-skate along the Rideau Canal in winter. Extreme outdoor activities like bungee jumping and whitewater rafting are also possible just outside Ottawa. Top attractions include Parliament Hill, the seat of Canada's federal government and site of frequent pomp and ceremony; the National Gallery of Canada; the Canadian War Museum; the UNESCO-listed Rideau Canal; and the ByWard Market, an historic farmers' market by day and popular entertainment venue by night. The city can be toured on one of the open-topped tourist buses.

Canadian Museum of Civilisation

One of dozens of museums in Canada's capital city, the Museum of Civilisation is one of the most fascinating, with artefacts…

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Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park is a giant wedge of land measuring 140 square miles (363 sq km) to the northwest of Canada's Capital Region.…

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Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill in Ottawa is a place for decision-making, but also a place for people. Visitors can tour the buildings,…

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