Things To Do in Ottawa
1. Explore Parliament Hill
The most iconic part of Ottawa’s cityscape, Parliament Hill is the political and cultural heart of Canada. Home to the House of Commons, the Senate and the Library of the Parliament, there are free guided tours available each day as politicians debate the future of the country. If you visit in the summer, make sure you check out the Changing of the Guard ceremony that takes place on the front lawn, and head up to the Peace Tour for panoramic views of the whole city.
2. Travel along the Rideau Canal
The famous Rideau Canal is a UNSECO World Heritage Site that winds its way through Ottawa’s picturesque downtown. See it from a boat cruise, walk alongside it and admire the cityscape surrounding you, or skate along it in the cold winter months – it is, after all, the largest skating rink in the world.
3. Discover Upper Canada Village
This heritage park allows you to go back in time to discover the 1860s and experience village life in Canada. A host of activities are available, from milking cows to learning cabinet making – you can even tour the village in costume. A fun day out for all the family, we recommend you ride on the miniature train for gorgeous views of the park and further afield.
4. Visit the Many Museums
Ottawa is renowned for its fascinating cultural attractions, and this is reflected in the countless museums located in Canada’s capital. Tour the variety of museums on offer with a ‘Museum Passport’ so you can see them all for less. We recommend the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum and Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, all of which will give you a deeper understanding of Canada’s rich history.
5. See the Royal Canadian Mint
Making coins since 1908, the Royal Canadian Mint produces the world’s most beautiful collectable coins. Visit the boutique in Ottawa and enjoy interactive guided tours and a gift shop where you can begin your own collection.