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Feel the magic of Canada's capital this season.

Feel the magic of Canada's capital this season.Winter Fun in Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada's Capital

Ottawa is filled with national sites and attractions, perfect for your next getaway.  Winter is the perfect time to get outside and explore Canada's capital city with these winter must-do's.

View of the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill at sunset in winter.

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Draped in natural splendour and brimming with a relaxed urban vibe, Ottawa is a truly unique destination offering a wealth of experiences visitors won’t find anywhere else, including Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal. Canada’s capital and Ontario’s second largest city is a showcase of national sites, monuments, museums and the arts where visitors can experience the best of our country in one place. Ottawa's charming countryside offers natural beauty and an abundance of quaint shops.


  1. Parliament Hill is the seat of Canada's government and the setting for national celebrations year round. Tours are offered daily and admission is free!
  2. The Rideau Canal, Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage site, welcomes you to experience the world's largest skating rink in the winter and an amazing recreational waterway in the spring and summer.
  3. National museums galore! The National Gallery of Canada presents the country's national art collection and outstanding international exhibitions. Or try the Canadian Museum of History that celebrates Canadian and world cultures and houses the world's largest indoor collection of totem poles.
  4. The ByWard Market is one of the oldest and largest farmers' markets in Canada and is the absolute epicentre for the dining enthusiast in Ottawa with a selection of pubs, restaurants and cafés lining the walkable streets. If you are feeling adventurous, take a stroll through our various unique neighbourhoods
  5. Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum: Built in secrecy at the height of the Cold War, this four-storey underground bunker, meant to house Canada’s government in the event of a nuclear war, is now a National Historic Site and Canada’s Cold War Museum.

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Ottawa, Canada's Capital

Ottawa, Canada's Capital

Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic city steeped in culture, with world-class museums displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from around the world. Discover Canada’s heritage at amazing national sites, including Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal.

Ottawa's Countryside

Ottawa's Countryside

Rural Ottawa and the surrounding areas offer fascinating and fun sites, attractions and activities. If you’re visiting, take a detour on your way here or on your way home and discover our countryside.

Ottawa Tourism Visitor Guide


Read the 2019 Ottawa Visitor Guide to discover things to see and do around Ottawa. 

Ottawa hosts a wide variety of exciting events! Check out the calendar.


From sports to music, arts and festivals, Ottawa hosts a packed calendar of exciting events! See what's coming up in Canada's Capital Region by clicking on the events calendar below.