Ottawa Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

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Welcome to Ottawa, Ontario, where you’ll find charming old-world buildings surrounded by picturesque natural beauty.

The first stop on an Ottawa tour should be the Rideau Canal. This waterway cuts the city in half, and it provides places for boating and paddleboarding during the summer. Visiting in winter? Not a problem—you can go ice skating along the Rideau when it ices over. On the south side of the river, you can see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Parliament Hill. A few blocks to the north is the National Gallery of Canada, a stunning glass-and-granite building full of art from Canadian, European, and other North American artists.

You’ll be hungry after all this walking around, so head to ByWard Market. If you see beavertails, don’t worry; they’re a pastry, not part of an actual beaver—and they’re delicious. ByWard Market also has some of the best fresh produce you’ll ever taste, so stock up on fruits and vegetables while you’re there.

After sampling the fare at ByWard Market, cross the river to visit the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec. This is where you can tour recreations of Old Canada: explore 1800s storefronts, wander into log cabins, and learn about the First Nations people who inhabited Canada for thousands of years prior to European settlement.

Round out your trip with a venture to Gatineau Park, where you can relax by the lake or take tea in the MacKenzie King estate.

What’s your favorite part of Ottawa?

Visit our Ottawa travel guide page for more information or to plan your next vacation!

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34 thoughts on “Ottawa Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. Discovering Destinations says:

    Ottawa, the city where 1/2 of Discovering was born! We always visit friends and family and we love to go back! A great tip for visitors is to visit Ottawa during the "Ottawa Tulip Festival", which gives lots of colours and fun to the city, where tourists will find lots of events going on too!

  2. DaveyMocha says:

    For anyone who says Ottawa is boring, please understand any city is boring if you dont go out to do stuff. While cities like Toronto and Montreal have very in-your-face flashy attractions, in Ottawa you have to venture a little deeper to discover some really cool things. There are so many cool places to visit that just aren’t obvious, but once you find them you’ll truly feel fulfilled!

  3. xystumpy says:

    Waaaay too cold in the winter and it lasts waaaay too long. November-April almost no exceptions. January and February unbearably cold. Cost of living is reasonable but the fact that half the year is dark, gloomy, dirty, nothing to do, and freezing cold is a deal breaker as far as long term living.

  4. sanjayk singh says:

    according to a survey, CANADA IS THE 4TH HIGHLY REPUTED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD…!!!I WISH I WAS BORN IN THIS COUNTRY…!!! BUT, UNFORTUNATELY I LIVE IN THIS POOR AND SHITTY INDIA..!!

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