Top Tips for Visiting Ottawa
1. Visit for Canada Day
Canada Day is a nationwide celebration every year, and there is no better place to be than the capital. Visit over this July weekend to enjoy a weekend full of festivities, from top-bill performers to an incredible fireworks display from Parliament Hill.
2. Skate on a Weekday
Known as North America’s Best Ice Skating Rink, a visit to Ottawa would be incomplete without traversing the Rideau Canal. We suggest you lace up your skates and hit the canal during the week. It is much quieter than on the weekend, which means you can take in the sights of the city along this 5-mile skate way at leisure.
3. Explore the Diverse Neighbourhoods
Ottawa is home to some fascinating distinctive neighbourhoods, from Chinatown to Preston Street/Little Italy; the urban village of Wellington West and the historic streets of Glebe. We suggest that you walk through them to get a feel for what each area has to offer, as they all offer unique cultural experiences.
4. Bike around the City
Hiring a bicycle is one of the most picturesque – not to mention environmentally friendly – ways to see the sights of Ottawa. There are countless cycling tours offered on two wheels, from an Express tour to a Highlights tour so you can see the city the way you want to. Visit during the Spring Tulip Festival for a special themed tour you will never forget.
5. Take a Bus Tour
If you would prefer a more leisurely tour of Canada’s capital, jump onto one of the many hop-on, hop-off bus tours that are offered around the city. A bus tour will help you to familiarise yourself with Ottawa and will help you determine which key sights you want to see and explore further.