Favorite 5 Things to do in Ottawa, Canada

by GO GlobeHopper

Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, is a fascinating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. With so many amazing attractions, it can be tough to narrow down the top five. However, after careful consideration, we have put together a list of our picks.


Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill is the heart of Ottawa and home to the Canadian federal government. The complex consists of three buildings – the Centre Block, East Block, and West Block – each with its unique architectural style. The most prominent feature of Parliament Hill is the Peace Tower, which stands at 92 meters and is the centerpiece of the complex. Visitors can take a guided tour of the buildings and learn about the history and functions of Canadian democracy. During the summer months, the Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place on the front lawn, and in the evening, the Peace Tower is illuminated with colorful lights, making for a breathtaking sight.


Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Ottawa’s most popular attractions. Built-in the early 19th century, the canal connects Ottawa with Lake Ontario and features a system of locks that raise and lower boats over a distance of 202 km.

Visitors can take a boat tour or rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboat and explore the canal’s waterways at their leisure. In winter, the canal freezes over, and visitors can ice skate along its length, making it the world’s largest naturally frozen ice rink.


National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is home to over 40,000 works of art, including Canadian, Indigenous, and European collections. Visitors can admire famous Canadian artists, such as Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, and view international masterpieces by artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso.

The gallery also features contemporary works and temporary exhibits, so there is always something new to see. Guided tours are available, or visitors can explore the galleries on their own.


Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History is one of the most visited museums in Canada, with over 1.2 million visitors each year. The museum showcases the country’s history and culture, from the indigenous peoples to modern-day Canada. The museum’s highlight is the Grand Hall, which features totem poles, a replica of a West Coast Indigenous village, and the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. Visitors can also explore the museum’s many exhibits, including the First Peoples Hall, the Canadian History Hall, and the Canadian Children’s Museum.


ByWard Market

The ByWard Market is a vibrant and bustling area of Ottawa and a must-visit for foodies and shoppers alike. The market features over 260 vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal products, and crafts. Visitors can sample local delicacies like maple syrup, poutine, and beaver tails or browse the many shops and boutiques. The market is also home to many restaurants, cafes, and bars, making it the perfect place to stop for a meal or a drink.


With so much to see and do, Ottawa is truly a gem of a city that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, consider the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier – read our review HERE


Photo Credits:
Lead – by Jacques Savoye from Pixabay
Parliament Hill Changing of the Guard Ceremony – by David L from Pixabay
Rideau Canal – by 999kasya999 from Pixabay
National Gallery of Canada – by DEZALB from Pixabay
Canadian Museum of History – by DEZALB from Pixabay
Byward Market – by JarettLopez from Pixabay

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