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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.

Where to stay in Ottawa

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica featuring heritage architecture, religious aspects and a church or cathedral

Downtown Ottawa

4/5Very Good!(47 area reviews)

The fascinating museums and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown Ottawa. Make a stop by Byward Market Square or Parliament Hill while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Ottawa
Canadian Museum of History featuring skyline and modern architecture

Hull

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Hull is a destination visitors seek out for its interesting museums, casinos and stunning river views. You might want to check out attractions like Canadian Museum of History or Jacques Cartier Park while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Hull
Rideau Canal showing a bridge and ice skating as well as a small group of people

Ottawa Division

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

While you're in Ottawa Division, take in top sights like Canadian Tire Centre or Rideau Canal, and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Greenboro Station or Confederation Station.

Ottawa Division
Byward Market which includes street scenes, signage and markets

ByWard Market

You'll love the popular shops in ByWard Market, and you might want to stick around to check out Byward Market Square, a top place to visit.

ByWard Market
Centretown, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Centretown

4/5Very Good!(15 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are top of the list for many visitors to Centretown. A stop by Museum of Nature or Dundonald Park might round out your trip.

Centretown
Vanier, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Vanier

The restaurants and live music are a few reasons travellers visit Vanier. Want to see more of the surrounding area? Byward Market Square and Rideau Centre are a few top sights nearby.

Vanier

Top hotels in Ottawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lord Elgin Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON

Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National War Memorial, Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill. Rideau Canal is 1.6 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,995 reviews)

"We stay at the Lord Elgin regularly when visiting Ottawa. The location is great, the hotel is excellent, and the facilities are great."…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

Lord Elgin Hotel
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,958 reviews)

"Such a friendly, helpful staff . The check in was quick and we were even given an upgrade without requesting one. This was during the Winterlude which is a very busy time for them but their customer service was top notch! We are looking forward to returning in the summer and staying in this lovely ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa
Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
319 Rideau St, King Edward and Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON
Rs5,283
per night
7 Apr-8 Apr

Located in Lowertown, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ottawa Art Gallery, Byward Market Square and University of Ottawa. Rideau Centre ...

3.9/5Good! (1,262 reviews)

"Unfortunately, having stayed here during the Covid 19 outbreak just as it was ramping up means that our stay can not be rated as high as we might have otherwise; however, the staff were excellent and for our needs, the location was pretty good. I especially appreciated the availability of a public ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa

Popular things to do in Ottawa

Rideau Canal
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Rideau Canal

4.5/5(31 reviews)

This engineering and scenic marvel fills with pleasure craft in summer and transforms into the world’s longest naturally frozen skating rink in winter.

Parliament Hill
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Parliament Hill

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Spend a day enjoying the lively debates, artworks, library and Gothic Revival architecture of Canada’s political heart.

Byward Market Square
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Byward Market Square

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Fresh local produce, artisanal handicrafts and historic courtyards are some of the many features of Ottawa’s oldest and busiest market.

Carleton University
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Carleton University

4/5(3 reviews)

Explore the campus of Carleton University, a well-known university in Ottawa. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Canadian War Museum
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Canadian War Museum

5/5(12 reviews)

The country’s museum of military history features collections of weapons and vehicles that cover hundreds of years of conflict.

Canadian Museum of History
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Canadian Museum of History

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Traverse 20,000 years of Canadian history in just one day at Ottawa’s treasure house of culture.

Reviews of Ottawa

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Nov 2019

A fantastically serene city. As a Scot, reminds me very much of Central Edinburgh, with its architecture and natural beauty. Well worth a visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Sep 2019

A great city especially to cycle and walk around

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Sep 2019

Ottawa very picturesque city and very walkable. Rideau canal is a must. Canadian war museum also excellent- parking on site- underground- but quite difficult to find car park- esp at present as roadworks on street.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

The Ridout area is excellent Centre Ville is soulless Ridout canal and locks were the high spot

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Sep 2019

canal cruise worth a trip

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Sep 2019

One of the best cities to walk around, the local transport is very good

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