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Ottawa
Travel Guide

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Canada’s gorgeous capital offers an array of galleries, museums, nature parks and historic sites, making it the perfect cultural and romantic escape.

Canada’s stylish capital, Ottawa, is a city rich in arts, heritage and sciences. The city blends ultra-modern and Victorian Gothic architecture, balances technology with nature and offers cuisines from across the globe.

Begin your stay with a trip to the historic Parliament Buildings on Parliament Hill. Visit the Library of Parliament and the iconic Peace Tower. These Gothic Revival buildings are adorned with gold-leaf ceilings and ornate images of Canada’s past. Explore Centre Block and listen to political debates in the House of Commons and the Senate. Continue your appreciation of Gothic Revival-style architecture at the Notre Dame Basilica, a Canadian National Historic Site. Admire the terraced galleries, stained-glass windows and altars rich in adornments.

The nation’s capital has plenty of galleries and museums to explore. Follow the history of modern warfare at the Canadian War Museum. Learn about the country’s place in the history of flight at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and marvel at how humans have developed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. See old art masters and learn about new ones while discovering Canada’s rich cultural heritage at the National Gallery of Canada.

Ottawa is a city for all seasons with winter snow activities and summer hikes. Discover heritage estates, natural beauty and the rich biodiversity of the popular Gatineau Park. In the summer, boat on the Rideau Canal, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. Skate on the canal in the winter when it transforms into the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink.

Ottawa is an easy city to navigate, with most of the attractions located within walking distance of each other. Check the opening hours of museums before you go since they can vary depending on the season and day of the week. Peak season is during the summer months from June through August and the low season is from November through April.

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Where to stay in Ottawa

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
4 out of 5
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is £99 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square, Shaw Centre and National Gallery of Canada. Parliament Hill and University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,503 reviews)
"Everything was good only they close for all services due to covid. I planed to have room service at the hotel but have to order uber eat instead."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is £141 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National War Memorial, Shaw Centre, and National Arts Centre. Byward Market Square ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,144 reviews)
"Historical hotel"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Brookstreet
Brookstreet
4.5 out of 5
525 Legget Drive, Ottawa, ON
The price is £98 per night from 5 May to 6 May
Set in Ottawa, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre, Andrew Haydon Park and Canadian Tire Centre. Tanger Outlets ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)
"Great place. Maybe on the pricier side with no included breakfast and paid parking. But definitely a step above other Inns I've been to. Delighted to have stayed here"

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2021

Brookstreet
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Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
The price is £87 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Centre and Byward Market Square. University of Ottawa and National ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,426 reviews)
"Great location, wonderful staff that were helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Duvernay Studios and Suites
Duvernay Studios and Suites
2.5 out of 5
92 De L'hotel-De-Ville Street, Gatineau, QC
The price is £49 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
Located in Hull, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Canadian Museum of History and Jacques Cartier Park. Byward Market Square and Parliament ...
3.6/5Good! (498 reviews)
"Convenient location. Staff is friendly and helpful. The suite did not feel was thoroughly cleaned. No hand sanitizers or wipes provided In the suite."

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

Duvernay Studios and Suites
Residences at Kanata Lakes
Residences at Kanata Lakes
3.5 out of 5
1100 Canadian Shield Ave, Ottawa, ON
Located in Ottawa Division, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Canadian Tire Centre. Bell ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (78 reviews)
"We had a great stay at this hotel. The 2 bedroom suite was very spacious and all of the appliances were top of the line. The bathrooms and bedrooms were nicely updated and the space was very clean. The only downside is there aren’t any TVs in the bedrooms and the main tv is not a smart tv and is ..."

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2021

Residences at Kanata Lakes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Ottawa

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5 Nov 2019

A fantastically serene city. As a Scot, reminds me very much of Central Edinburgh, with its architecture and natural beauty. Well worth a visit.

4/5 - Good

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30 Sep 2019

A great city especially to cycle and walk around

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Sep 2019

Ottawa very picturesque city and very walkable. Rideau canal is a must. Canadian war museum also excellent- parking on site- underground- but quite difficult to find car park- esp at present as roadworks on street.

4/5 - Good

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22 Sep 2019

The Ridout area is excellent Centre Ville is soulless Ridout canal and locks were the high spot

4/5 - Good

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19 Sep 2019

canal cruise worth a trip

5/5 - Excellent

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18 Sep 2019

One of the best cities to walk around, the local transport is very good

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