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Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal, built around 1826 and 1832, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ottawa. It is a pleasant place to visit it in any season. Summers can be enjoyed by cycling or strolling along the canal's beautiful banks. Tourists like to cycle from Ottawas downtown core to Dows Lake. If you are looking for some more adventure, rent a canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) or paddleboat from Dows Lake Marina and explore the place thoroughly. While winters can be enjoyed by skating or gliding over the worlds largest skating rink, as the canal remains frozen from December to February.

National Museums

National Museums

Ottawa City has many award-winning national museums which have some very precious and priceless treasures of the world. It is a pleasant delight to visit these museums at any time of the year. From beautiful Indigenous and Canadian art worlds to amazing indoor collection of totem poles to heroic stories to ancient dinosaurs, and artifacts from Canada's military past, there is something for everyone. In total, there are seven national museums located in Ottawa, visiting them will take around a day and the trip is incomplete without visiting these museums.

Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park is one of the many natural parks in Canada. While the park shares the same title as the other parks, this one is a bit different thanks to its exemption from the national park system. Still, its exemption only adds to the whole beauty of it, turning it into a place that you should visit if you ever found yourself in Ottawa.

Travelling to Ottawa, Canada

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Ottawa, Canada's capital ciy, has a magnetic attraction towards its visitors. The city is titled as the seventh coldest capital in the world and is a cleverly planned and clean centre of culture and politics. This place is very likely to be loved by any visitor as there are many things to do and to see. Ottawa homes many museums, monuments, art galleries, skiing arenas and a UNESCO heritage site called The Rideau Canal. With so many heritage tourist attractions, Ottawa has 1800+ IT companies making it a perfect blend of modernization and old heritage. The city is located at the east of southern Ontario, near the US border. Being a multi-lingual city with people speaking English, French, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic and Spanish, it is easy to travel around. For any tourist or visitor, there are two attractions which are must visit- Parliament Hill and Rideau Canal. With titles such as Coolest Capital in the World Ottawa often glorifies the judgment of Queen Elizabeth who chose this city to be Canada's capital. This city is the only place in European history which was founded by Vikings of North Iceland. The area is very famous for its skiing camps and has many options for a skiing lover like Camp Fortune, Ski Vorlage, Mont Cascade, Edelweiss and many more. When it comes to food, the city of Ottawa offers you with many dishes like Beaver Tails, Shawarma and many more. So, get ready to enrich your taste-buds when you step in Ottawa.

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Ottawa Travel Tips & Guide

How to Get Tickets?

Each tourist spot in Ottawa has a well-maintained ticket booth, assuring that one doesn't face any hassle. Also, you can book the tickets in advance with the help of your touring agent or by visiting Ottawa's Travel guide.

How To Get Around?

There are various ways to commute when in Ottawa, like cabs, taxis and public transit's. Its good to walk when in places like Rideau Canal, Byward Market. Cycling and trams are other ways which can also be opted.

What Should I Wear?

Choose your outfit according to the month and season in which you are visiting the city, in winters it is suggested to carry jackets and warm clothes. Boot's will be a good option along with joggers and tees.

Ottawa Tourism Facts

Best Time to Visit

Best time to visit Ottawa is between March and May, these are the months when temperatures begin to rise, and the city starts to bloom. Also, this is the festive time in Ottawa so that one can enjoy many festivals like Canada's famous Tulip Festival.


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How To Get There?

Ottawa's own International Airport allows national and international travelers to visit the city. Also, it has a good network of railways and roadways. Frequent buses are available from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Additional Info

You will find card swapping option in major places, but it is suggested to carry some liquid currency when visiting the local Canadian stalls and food vans.