5 Things to do in Ottawa
Year after year, tourists from all over the world flock to Ottawa to visit the museums, indulge in top dining, check out the landmarks and bask in the heart of Canadian national pride. Regardless of you reasons for visiting, the city of Ottawa’s offerings are vast, with something for everyone.
Planning your trip to Ottawa? Take a look at our five recommended things to do.
1. Parliament Hill
Home of the country’s federal government, the iconic building has long since become the symbolic heart of Canada. Perched between and overlooking both the downtown city core and the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill offers stunning views at every angle. On Canada’s Day (July 1st), Parliament Hill plays host to the country’s largest free party, which caps off with a jaw-dropping fireworks show. Visit Parliament Hill’s front lawn to take in the sights and enjoy the Centennial Flame or enjoy a free guided tour of Canada’s most famous building. Either way, you shouldn’t leave town without making the trip to visit Parliament Hill.
2. ByWard Market
Ottawa’s number-one tourist attraction by far is the ByWard Market and for good reason. Averaging an astounding 50,000 visitors each weekend, it’s a popular destination for shopping, dining, arts and entertainment. From the local farmers’ and artisans’ market to premier restaurants and a hopping nightlife, you’ll stumble upon shopping and entertainment at any time of the day. Just steps from Parliament Hill, foodies and shoppers come together at the ByWard Market. Check out all the stores and restaurants the ByWard Market has to offer, here.
3. Rideau Canal
Flowing through the heart of downtown Ottawa, the Rideau Canal which is Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an Ottawa landmark that can’t be missed! In the warmer months, enjoy a day on the canal by boat, or explore over 6 kilometres of pathway by foot or bike. From early January to early March, Ottawa enters its deep freeze and the canal is transformed into the world’s longest skating rink at 7.8 kilometers. Enjoy a free skate from downtown Ottawa to Carlton University 24 hours a day. With stunning scenery along the canal in any season, you’ll never regret adding a Rideau Canal visit to your Ottawa trip.