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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. 
  5. Winterlude, a three fun-filled weekends event of ice carvings, snow sculptures and family fun brings the magic of winter in the city. Not up for the cold? Warm yourself up by eating your way through the city, C'est Bon Cooking tour will lead you through different neighbourhoods to taste local food and cuisine. 
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

Winterlude concert


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