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Things to do in Ottawa

Whether you are a lover of history, culture and the arts, or a gastronome, Ottawa has plenty to engage travelers of all ages. Visit Parliament Hill, the heart and soul of Canada, and see the changing of the guard every morning in the summer time. If you visit in early July, you will be right in the middle of the country’s biggest Canada Day July first celebrations, just one of the many festivals that Ottawa plays host to each year. History buffs should visit the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, or the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum. The Royal Canadian Mint is here also, and offers daily tours for visitors. The National Arts Centre is a renowned concert theatre venue and a great place to see the very best of Canadian and international talent. Discover Ottawa’s past at the Bytown Museum, and stroll the pedestrian streets of the Byward Market to discover the city’s hottest restaurants and nightclubs. The stunning Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica is a national historical site and is open to the public daily. Walking, cycling and sightseeing tours are all great ways to discover Ottawa from an insider’s point of view, and the city’s public transit system can take you wherever you need to go.