Experience a taste of Europe in Canada’s capital city.

Home to just under a million people, Ottawa — the capital city of Canada — has a thriving art scene, museums galore and vast wilderness just minutes away from the downtown hub. Take in grand Victorian architecture, experience kitschy fun and relax along the park-lined Rideau Canal. A trip to Ottawa demands you pack an appetite — enjoy impeccably prepared haute cuisine and bite into a beaver tail, a deep-fried pastry dusted with sugar, cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Explore Ottawa

  • ByWard Market
  • Downtown
  • Kanata

ByWard Market

Overview

Ottawa’s oldest, hippest neighborhood is a foodie paradise. The area centers on ByWard Market Square, where vendors hawk tasty treats ranging from oysters to fresh pasta to hot-from-the-oil beaver tails (a locally beloved pastry). This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood makes it easy to travel on foot, discovering unexpected little shops and pubs along the way.

Known For

History, Shopping, Dining, Nightlife

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Downtown

Overview

Canada’s capital sits on the scenic Rideau Canal, a hub for activities all year-round. As it freezes, the UNESCO World Heritage Site becomes the world’s longest skateway, while in the summer, the waters are a haven for boaters. Off the banks, visitors can enjoy museums, dining, nightlife and endless shopping options.

Known For

Dining, Museums, Nightlife, Shopping

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Kanata

Overview

Just west of downtown Ottawa is the suburb of Kanata. Rich with shopping, dining and even a conservation forest, there is no shortage of options to explore. Plus, it’s the home of the Canadian Tire Centre arena, where the local NHL team plays, ensuring there’s always a game or world-class show to catch.

Known For

Shopping, Sports, Parks, Biking

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Discover the Unexpected Gems of Ottawa, Canada

Pink rose, blue tulip flowers, and lilacs

Explore the Canal Views by Bike

See the picturesque canal via bike today before getting your shopping fix at a downtown market where everything from jewelry to kitchen gadgets is up for grabs. Break up the day with visits to some local restaurant favorites, where you’ll enjoy a variety of fare, from 1950s classics to Afro-Portuguese dishes.

Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Take In the History With an Afternoon of Museums

Experience the healthy side of Ottawa with a morning kombucha shop followed by a history lesson at Parliament Hill and a Cold War-focused museum. The evening finishes with a karaoke drag show for dinner and late-night entertainment. Enjoy classic Chinese dishes and disco bingo.

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Take a Boat Tour (and Visit a Cat Café)

Get out of town to experience the natural beauty of the capital before having a cup of coffee with some friendly felines. Then it’s time for more outdoor fun via a boat tour of the canals and a final dinner downtown to toast to a fun-filled getaway.

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