Ottawa – Ottawa Countryside |


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.

Ottawa and Countryside

Must See

Must See

Parliament Hill

The seat of Canada's government and the setting for national celebrations year round. See The Changing the Guard and Mosaika free daily in July and August.

The Byward Market

Selection of boutiques, restaurants and cafés lining the walkable streets.

Canadian Museum of History

Celebrates Canadian and world cultures, and houses the world's largest indoor collection of totem poles in its beautiful Grand Hall.

Canadian Museum of Nature

Featuring awe-inspiring exhibits that bring everything from the ocean to dinosaurs into focus. Lots of interactive features.

The National Gallery

Presents the country's national art collection and outstanding international exhibitions throughout the year.

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

Presents Canada's military past and how it shaped the country.


Over 300 KM of recreational pathways linking natural areas, parks, gardens and national sites.

Rideau Centre

Ottawa's premier shopping destination with over 150 leading retailers.

Le Boat

Unwind and take in the spectacular nature, picturesque towns and lively cities of the Ridea Canal. As captain of your own canal boat, you' ll be living in, and driving, your personal cruiser. 

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Engages visitors with the wonder of aviation and aerospace through its spectacular collection.

A long glassed hallway


Check out the highlights of the special exhibits happening at our national museums and galleries.
A band plays for a big crowd

Festivals and Events

Festivals and events are year-round affairs in Ottawa.