15 Best Things to Do and See in Ottawa


You are planning to move from Montreal to Ottawa? Like any good capital city, Ottawa is a place to learn and explore the history of the country and the world. But it also has a lot to offer when it comes to world-class fun, both urban and country.

 

Visit the Parliament Hill

The Hill of Parliament is not only the seat of government of the nation; it is also a cultural and community center with activities that take place in a truly incredible setting. You can, for example, do yoga on the hill of Parliament. During the summer, every Wednesday at noon, hundreds of people in yoga clothes flood the hill with their doilies to sit and stretch in front of the iconic buildings.

 

Enjoy the Rideau Canal

Many people know that the Rideau Canal is the largest naturally frozen ice rink in the world (4.8 miles long). But the channel is a destination to visit all year round if you want outdoor entertainment. Yes, in the winter you can skate along a track that seems endless, over the waters of the canal and letting you carry through the center of Ottawa on two blades attached to your feet.

 

Try the Beaver Tail

If you want to live a purely Canadian experience, you cannot stop trying local delicacies. BeaverTails Canada, also known as Queues de Castor, is a chain of Canadian bakeries that is known for marketing a dessert that bears the same name since when frying and stretching by hand they look like the tail of a beaver.

 

Tour the Casa Laurier

Located on 335 Avenue Laurier east of Ottawa, Casa Laurier is a historic Victorian mansion that previously functioned as the home of two of Canada's most popular Prime Ministers; Sir Wilfrid Laurier (who gives his name to the construction years later) and William Lyon Mackenzie King.

 

Excursion to the Stanley Olde Maple Lane Farm

Stanley Farm Olde Maple Lane is very popular for its natural beauty and serves as a venue for weddings, retreats and other group outings. It is located just 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa and is characterized by having a quarry house, various trunk constructions and a wooden barn surrounded by towering maple trees.

 

Discover the Canada Natural History Museum

The museum basically presents the whole natural world in a handful of exhibitions that will leave you thinking how time passed. And if you are looking for a great attraction, it is difficult to describe how impressive it is to see the complete skeleton of a blue whale, the largest animal on the planet.

 

Visit the Canada War Museum

Sitting on the banks of the Ottawa River, it's hard to miss seeing the Canadian War Museum. The distinctive building of the museum is basically flat, but it shoots 80 feet into the air on one side, like a hand waving. A vast collection of tanks, military vehicles, weapons, and uniforms fill the walls, allowing us to see and learn more about the equipment used by generations of brave men and women on the battlefield.

 

Live the National Arts Center Experience

The National Arts Center is one of the largest and most popular art exhibition venues in Canada, with more than 600 presentations per year. Its four stages are generally the site of popular traveling shows, international talents and many of the best interpreters that Canada has. Whether you are interested in dance, theater or music, you will surely find a show that interests you, no matter when you go. So, visit the center and enjoy a ballet tour, enjoy the orchestra of the house or attend a presentation of English theater of high quality.

 

Canada National Gallery

The National Gallery of Canada receives a lot of attention due to the 30-foot tall spider statue in front of the magnificent glass building. But once you get over your arachnophobia, the interior of the gallery is an incredible institution regarding everything that has to do with art. With almost 40,000 works, it covers everything from Inuit sculpture to the latest in contemporary art.

 

Stop at the Peace Tower

The Peace Tower functions as a bell and as a clock and is located in the central block of parliamentary buildings. It is officially called Torre de la Victoria and de la Paz or Victoire et de la Paix in French and appears on the $ 50 Canadian banknotes. The roof is made of concrete and has been covered with copper to result in a greenish tint while the walls were built of sandstone.

 

Feel Part of the War Memorial

The Monument to the Fallen at War, called 'The Response', is located in the heart of Ottawa on Confederate Square in parliamentary buildings and with the Gatineau hills in the background. It was inaugurated in 1939 to commemorate Canada's participation in the First World War and since then it has become a national icon representing the sacrifice of all Canadians in times of war.

 

Aviation and Space Canadian Museum

At the Canadian Museum of Aviation and Space, you can take a step towards the answer to that question. Discover how life is on board the International Space Station in the voice of the astronauts who lived in it and check out what it feels like to wear a space helmet and get to the station. Once you have lived the dream of childhood, the rest of the museum has 130 different military and civilian ships that you can explore, as well as a real flight simulator, with total movement.

 

The ByWard Market Neighborhood

For almost two centuries, farmers and craft vendors have flocked to the ByWard market to share the fruits (literal and metaphorical) of their work. What was once a simple market has become the absolute center of food, shopping, and entertainment. More than 260 positions fill the market itself, while more than 500 businesses have settled in the neighborhood around the market.

 

Canadian Museum of History

Although not technically in Ottawa, the Canadian Museum of History is a few minutes away, just across the Gatineau River. It is one of the oldest museums in the country since 1856 and also the most visited in Canada, with 1.2 million visitors per year. The museum, located in Gatineau, has 4 million pieces that follow the trail of the history of the country, and of the world, beginning 20,000 years ago.

 

Haunted Walks in Ottawa

This is not the typical walking tour. When you do a haunted walk in Ottawa, you are really going to put your courage to the test and see if you pass or not, as they are different 90-minute walks that take you to some of the haunted buildings in the city. This includes a jail converted into a hostel, which was where the last public hanging in Canada took place, and the historic Fairmont Château Laurier, where people have given reports about objects that move randomly inside the rooms. Stories of ghosts, anecdotes of the dark past of the city and a little bit of history are mixed to offer a night of entertainment.

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