Ottawa is a vivacious and colorful city, bursting with activity and entertainment suitable for all. If you're interested in sport, the city has a variety of sporting activities you can participate in.It is a gateway to many Skiing holiday resorts and many visitors to Ottawa are returning visitors.
Ottawa has more than earned its reputation as a premier location for exciting festivals, events and special exhibitions. Please be advised that it is recommended that all travelers are properly covered by insurance.
Perhaps culture and history is more appealing to you and if this is so, visit one of the 30 museums, heritage sites, breathe taking architecture, 50 galleries or theatres. The nightlife is fantastic, dining is one of the best, the shopping is high quality and the people are friendly. Festivals are the norm, with the spirit of the people evident every time one is held.
Ottawa is home to some of Canada's finest museums, galleries and historical sites. Stroll the grounds of stately Rideau Hall, official residence of the Queen’s representative in Canada. See the National Gallery of Canada, a stunning architectural marvel overlooking the Ottawa River. And don't miss the historic Parliament buildings, Canada's seat of government.
Museums & Galleries
* Bytown Museum
* Canada Agriculture Museum
* Canada and the World Pavilion
* Canada Aviation Museum
* Canada Science and Technology Museum
* Canadian Children’s Museum
* Canadian Museum of Civilization
* Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
* Canadian Museum of Nature
* Canadian Postal Museum
* Canadian War Museum
* Diefenbunker. Canada’s Cold War Museum
* National Gallery of Canada
* Royal Canadian Mint
Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada
Government of Canada
Parliament of Canada – Tours
Rideau Hall – Governor General of Canada
Casino du Lac-Leamy
Ottawa is the fourth largest urban area in Canada, with a population of over 1.2 million people. There are several languages spoken amongst the people including English, French as well as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and so forth. The city embraces the differences and offers welcoming arms to different cultures to allow cultural and heritage enrichment.
Getting from one place to another can be difficult or even dangerous when you don't know the rules and regulations of the road. Your trip will be safer if you know about the bylaws and the signals, signs, and pavement markings around which the City's traffic system is structured. Make sure to have a road map handy in case you find yourself in unfamiliar territory and to check the latest construction projects affecting the flow of traffic on the roadway. Once you reach your destination, make sure to park in an appropriate spot.
You don't have to drive yourself. Take the bus or a taxi if you want to reduce stressful driving. The TravelWise program takes your time constraints and environmental concerns to heart by looking at alternatives to driving.
The City of Ottawa is committed to protecting the environment and keeping our air, land, and waterways clean and safe. Environmental programs and initiatives include sustainability, land-use planning, clean-air initiatives, and energy-efficiency commitments.
Services that protect the environment include waste collection and disposal, product stewardship, the 3Rs, drinking water production and distribution, wastewater treatment, and water-pollution prevention programs.
Where to shop
From the quaint shops of the By Ward Market to modern superstores, the variety of one of a kind gifts in our stores will delight you. From major department stores to discount warehouses and individual boutiques, Ottawa has it all.
How to get around
Once you're here, you'll find that transportation within Ottawa is excellent. Our public transportation system is one of the most modern in North America and you'll find exceptional city tours by boat, double-decker bus, trolley and air. Or discover the hidden secrets of our Capital on foot.
How to get there
We're closer than you think. Ottawa is easily accessible - whether you choose to travel by air, train, bus or by car. Read on for more information on how to get to Canada's capital, your vacation destination of choice.
Where to stay
Whether you prefer the coziness of a bed and breakfast, sleeping under the stars or the luxury of a superior hotel, you'll find that all tastes and budgets can be accommodated in one of Ottawa's over 10,000 hotel rooms or many campgrounds.
You can even find timeshare resorts in Ottawa that offer five star luxuries. This means you can enjoy all tasteful amenities like room service and health spas at the resort so you will be completely comfortable. Then head into the city to enjoy all the activities that Ottawa has to offer.
Where to dine
Fascinated by French? Whatever type of food tantalizes your tastebuds, you'll find that those cravings will be satisfied in Ottawa. Sample delicacies from around the world as well as traditional Canadian fare.