Proudly Canada’s capital, and the second largest city in the province of Ontario, visitors can find anything their hearts desire in Ottawa. With an unlimited selection of fine dining, historic attractions, new age attractions, museums, galleries and festivals this vibrant city showplaces the best of Canada and its history.
Boasting of Canada’s brave beginnings, several major national attractions have a certain lure when in Ottawa. So, put a few historic stops on the trip list, for instance; the Canadian War Museum, the Museum of Civilization, the National Aviation Museum, the Canada Agriculture Museum, the Royal Canadian Mint or Parliament Hill.
Jump on the scene for entertainment like the jazz and blues venues throughout the city, the National Gallery, the Science and Technology Museum (great for families) and why not take in some of the thrilling festivals. Throughout the year, hot or cold, the seasons bring celebration in no better way – festivals! Consider partaking in one of these summer events - the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (one of the largest in the world), Canada Day (Canada’s birthday July 1st), the Bluesfest, or The Fringe Festival .
Winter brings on of the best known Canadian snowy festivals Winterlude with talented ice carvers and snowy sculptures. And, as a gift from the Dutch, spring time begins with what they call The Tulip Festival.
Pleasantly, travelers can tour much of Ottawa’s fare on foot. The city is exceptionally pedestrian friendly. Walk to explore or walk to shop. Some highlights include; The Byward Market and its day time restaurants, souvenir shops and fresh goods, the pedestrian oriented Sparks Street which is one block over from Parliament Hill. Another great stroll would be through the Westboro Village, a popular tourism and shopping zone, and includes several outdoor stores (for clothing or equipment), restaurants and plenty of coffee shops to stop at and put your bags down.
If guests are looking to delight in the arts or if the weather calls for some entertainment indoors enjoy the National Arts Centre, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Ottawa Little Theatre, or Ottawa’s Irish theatre, Tara Players.
Whatever your pleasure, Ottawa offers everything at your leisure.
Take a tour and discover the sophisticated art of coin production.
Explore this natural history museum and take a peek at dinosaurs, insects, birds and mammals.
Presents Canada's military past and how it shaped the country.
Parliament is the heart of Canada’s democratic system. Canadians’ representatives meet on Parliament Hill to make laws that shape...
Non-profit artist-run centre showing solo and group exhibitions of Canadian and international contemporary artists.
This 88-acre historic site and estate located on the scenic shores of the Ottawa River was once the estate home...
The 1829 Billings House is the oldest frame building in Ottawa and a designated National Historic Site.
Offers English and French theatre programs, a dance season, and a variety of performances.
Ottawa’s second largest performing arts space, just 15 minutes from downtown.
Dedicated to the history of money and currency, located in the Bank of Canada building.
Costumed interpreters depict rural life in the 1920s and 1930s on this 25-hectare site with 28 buildings.
Learn about agriculture in Canada at this museum which features a working farm in the heart of the city.
See more than 130 different aircraft, old and new or take a ride on vintage biplane.
The amazing and surprising stories told by artifacts will help you understand the ongoing relationships between science, technology and the...
Welcome to the Vanier Museopark, a community museum about the history of Vanier and the Francophone heritage of Ottawa located...
Shenkman Arts Centre is a dynamic creative hub where artists and audiences of all ages gather to create and explore...
Ottawa’s public gallery for contemporary and 20th century art.
Ottawa’s arts centre housing several performing arts groups including LeGroupe Dance Lab, Odyssey Theatre, Salamander Theatre and Third Wall...
The largest visual arts museum in Canada with impressive collections of Canadian, Indigenous, European, American, Asian and contemporary art.
Offers amateur theatre for all ages and interests.
Historic house commemorating Rt. Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King and Sir Wilfred Laurier, two Canadian prime ministers who lived in...
This working grist mill, Watson's Mill is one of the best-preserved examples of 19th century mill architecture and the only...
Traces the history of Ottawa's early years—from the construction of the Rideau Canal and the rough-and-tumble days of Bytown...
Specializing in plays by Canadian emerging and established playwrights.
Live Cold War history by visiting the place where Canada's government would have come in time of nuclear war.