Best things to do in Ottawa
Find out more about those top places in Ottawa
Perched above the placid waters of the Ottawa River, the Canadian capital of the same name is often overlooked by visitors to Canada favoring the much brasher city of Toronto. Despite being the capital, Ottawa is in many ways Canada’s understated hidden gem with a clutch of national museums and a gothic revival parliament building to rival that in London. The city center spreads out around the gargoyle-clad parliament building, which sits astride the leafy Parliament Hill, while museums celebrating the best of Canada pepper the cityscape. Indeed, the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum will fascinate those seeking to learn more about the history of the maple-leaf nation.
Commonly referred to as The Hill, Parliament Hill can be found in downtown Ottawa and is an area of Crown land that is specifically located on the southern banks of the Ottawa River. As its name denotes, this location is home to the Parliament of Canada and some other elements that have symbolic importance to the nation of Canada. The buildings there also reflect the Gothic style which you would see while on a tour of the place.
The National Gallery of Canada is located within a granite and glass building on Sussex drive. This is Canada's first art gallery and it offers an amazing view of the Parliament Hill on which the Canadian Parliamentary buildings are located.
Byward market encompasses the entire sites where Canadians lead exciting lives. This ever-busy market houses various specialty food shops where maple-infused chocolate and Canadian cheese are for sale as well as outdoor farmers' market stalls. It is also notable for its resplendent street art and stores that are filled with clothes and crafts made by local designers. Eateries that serve BeaverTails which are fried pastries that are shaped in a beaver's tail and Sharwarma are scattered along the market length. Nightlife comprises exclusive gay bars and rustic taverns which you should check out while on your night tour of the market.
The sights along the Ottawa River are indeed a beauty to behold and are up to 55 in number. While cruising along the Ottawa River during your tour, ensure that you check out sites such as the Parliament Buildings, the Chateau Laurier Hotel, the Prime Minister's House and the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum was specially constructed to house aeronautical exhibits of great historical importance and symbolic value. It also houses civilian and military and offers biplane rides which you should try out on your tour.
An exciting experience is guaranteed during your experience of the original outdoor Haunted Tour of Ottawa. A night out with great tour guides who are also the best of local storytellers with stories to make your jaw drop. Explore this unknown side of the capital city of Canada.