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, including Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal. 

Map of Ottawa and Countryside

Must Sees

Subsection under Must Sees for Ottawa and Countryside

Parliament Hill

Seat of Canada's government and setting for national celebrations year round. See The Changing the Guard and sound & light free daily in July and August.

The Byward Market

Boutiques, restaurants and cafés lining the walkable streets.

The Rideau Canal (Ottawa)

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.

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.

Canadian War Museum

Canada’s rich military history from earliest times to the present, featuring the experiences of people on the battlefields and at home.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

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

The National Gallery

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

Ottawa Cycling Tours

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the city on a guided tour or on your own. Over 300 km of recreational pathways link the site!

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Massive underground bunker, meant to house Canadian government officials in the event of a nuclear war. 


Exploring Canada’s Flavours Indulge in incredible Canadian cuisine prepared with traditional French techniques by some of the world’s best-trained chefs at Le Cordon Bleu’s stunning historical downtown Ottawa location.

Le Boat - Cruising on the Rideau Canal

Unwind  and take in the spectacular nature, picturesque towns and lively cities of the Rideau Canal.  As captain of your own canal boat, you'll be living in, and driving, your personal cruiser.  These boats are very easy to operate; you don't need any experience! 

A family puts on their skates outside.


Celebrate the joys of winter at Winterlude, with three fun-filled weeks in February.   Skate on the world's largest skating rink, check out the ice sculpture competitions or play at North America's largest snow playground.

A man on an outdoor stage sings to a large crowd.

Festivals and Events

Ottawa has perfected the festival. There no shortage of options, which include Winterlude, Christmas Lights Across Canada, the Canadian Tulip Festival, Canada 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.