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Ottawa Attractions

Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is located on the map of eastern Ontario near the Quebec border and it was formerly known as Bytown named after its founder Colonel John By in 1826. The name was changed to Ottawa in 1855 and now in addition to being the center of the Canadian government it also is a tourist hub you can visit any time of the year and expect to find entertainment and relaxing spots to spend your time. Among fun things to do in Ottawa

the following places are by far the best to visit when you travel here.

One must see attraction in Ottawa is the Canadian Museum of Civilization a museum that takes you way back in history to the early days of the native people who inhabited the country before the Europeans came through to the the French settler periods and all the way to the time in which Canada became a nation. From artifacts and profiles of famous Canadian founders to even a children's museum section these features make this place a top location for Ottawa excursions.

There are many local festivals taking place throughout the year you may add to the list of Ottawa activities such as the Festival of India the Nevan Fair the Carp Fair and the Ottawa Egyptian Festival. These festivals are great for the family to enjoy together while kids also get a chance to dress up in costumes and participate in other activities to give them an insight to different cultures.

Among other attractions in Ottawa is the Fitzroy Provincial Park a place where you can go to enjoy the Canadian outdoors and view wildlife on the Ottawa River. The park also hosts outdoor concerts sometimes where you can add the tune of music to the sights and sounds of your visit.

Other Ottawa tours are available from Expedia so use our packages to discover Canada's capital and see how you can plan for your trip there. With lots to do and more to see Expedia.com is your ticket for traveling to Ottawa.

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Where to stay in Ottawa

Downtown Ottawa

Discover art, delve into history and savor natural beauty in the heart of Canada’s national capital, a delightful blend of old and new.

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Hull

Hull is a destination visitors seek out for its interesting museums, casinos and stunning river views. You might want to check out attractions like Casino du Lac Leamy or Jacques Cartier Park while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

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Kemptville

Revel in the lasting charm of this historic settlement, now a university town, and explore the rolling hills that rise above it. 

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ByWard Market

You'll love the popular shops in ByWard Market, and you might want to stick around to check out Byward Market Square, a top place to visit.

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Ottawa Division

While you're in Ottawa Division, take in top sights like Canadian Tire Centre or Rideau Canal, and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Confederation Station or Greenboro Station.

Vanier

The restaurants and live music are a few reasons travellers visit Vanier. Want to see more of the surrounding area? Byward Market Square and Canada Aviation and Space Museum are a few top sights nearby.

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