The city of Ottawa is a great destination any time of year because there is always something fun to do. Some of the best places to visit and activities to partake in while in Canada’s federal capital are as follows:
Parliament Hill and Gaurd Changing Ceremony
First, go to Parliament Hill and see the Parliament buildings: Learn about Canadian history and politics by visiting the country’s parliamentary buildings like the Senate and the House of Commons.
In the summer, you can visit Parliament Hill to watch the daily Changing of the Guard event. Anyone curious about Canadian military history or curious to witness some pomp should go.
Arty Gallery and Museum
If you’re interested in Canadian local, and international works of art, you should definitely check out the National Gallery of Canada. With that, Ottawa is home to some of the best museums in the world.
The Canadian Museum of Nature is one of the best, while the Canadian War Museum is also worth visiting. Even if your tastes don’t align with these two common ones, there are plenty of alternatives to pick from.
A UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest skating rink in the world, the Rideau Canal is a must-visit for any ice skater. It’s the ideal way to spend a chilly winter afternoon in Ottawa.
Take a wonderful tour on the amphibious bus, the famous bus that can become a boat, along the downtown streets and down the Ottawa River with Lady Dive, a terrific way to view the city from both land and water.
Go on a cruise on the Ottawa River. Many of Ottawa’s tour boat companies offer trips on the river. This is a fun and unhurried way to get a bird’s-eye view of the city.
Walk Around and Bike Tour
Go to Ottawa’s oldest, yet largest public market, the ByWard Market, where you may buy fresh vegetables and other goods from local vendors. Go on a bike tour of Ottawa and get some exercise while seeing the sights of the city.
Stroll along Sparks Street, a pedestrian-only thoroughfare in the heart of downtown Ottawa that is studded with stores, restaurants, and cafes. This location is ideal for a stroll and people-watching.
Festivals in Ottawa
Ottawa is a wonderful destination to spend the winter since it offers a wide variety of winter sports for residents and visitors alike.
Ottawa is recognized for its festivals, which take place all year round. Some of the most popular ones include Winterlude, the Tulip Festival, and Bluesfest. Even if you don’t like these, there are plenty more to choose from around the city.
Gatineau Park has various hiking routes, lakes, and viewpoints and should not be missed by anyone interested in nature. One can easily spend a day exploring this enormous conservation area, the second most visited park in Canada, just north of Ottawa in Gatineau.
Head to the Beach! Along the Ottawa River, Ottawa is home to a number of fantastic beaches. We went in August, and the heat was bearable at Britannia Beach throughout our time in Ottawa.
Ottawa’s riverside beaches have all the fun and excitement of a day at the beach and are a terrific way to spend a summer day.
Ottawa Night Tour and High Tea
Take an Ottawa Night Tour to see the city’s best sights after dark. The tour will take you to some of Ottawa’s most famous attractions, such as Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal.
High Tea at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, a must for any tea connoisseurs visiting Ottawa. Afternoon tea at Zoe’s, located in the stunning Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, is a sumptuous and soothing ritual.
Ottawa is a city full of exciting opportunities, as you can see. Every tourist, whether they are interested in Canadian history, Canadian culture, Canadian nature, or just Canadians, will find something to like in this city.