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Ottawa, Canada's Capital

5 Must-Sees When Visiting Ottawa!

Enjoy world-class museums, galleries, Parliament Hill buildings and the Rideau Canal in this capital city steeped in culture and history alongside funky neighbourhoods, and the ByWard Market. 


5 Must-sees when visiting Ottawa! 

  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. Get a taste of our adrenaline filled city by whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River with Ottawa City Rafting  or by flying in a vintage plane to sightsee our beautiful landscapes from a bird's-eye view with Ottawa Biplane Adventure.
Canada Day on Parliament Hill. Photo credit Ontario Tourism

Festivals & Events

Ottawa has perfected the festival. There no shortage of options, which include WinterludeChristmas Lights Across Canada, the Canadian Tulip FestivalCanada Day celebrations, the Ottawa International Animation Festival and the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light. For the music lover don't miss RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest and the CityFolk Festival

credit: Chris Parker. TD Ottawa Jazz Festival audience at Confederation Park.


Let us inspire your trip to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, by highlighting some of the events taking place in our city in 2018. From festivals to special exhibitions, you are sure to find just what you are looking for.  Start planning your visit now