General Info


Ottawa has been described as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. Less than an hour’s drive from the American border, Ottawa enjoys the attributes of a major centre for the visual and performing arts, as well as other big city attractions. Yet, it still maintains the accessibility, atmosphere and charm of a smaller city, in addition to access to spectacular park and wilderness areas located within and around the city.

Ottawa Attractions and Events:

  • Parliament Buildings – Seat of the Federal Government and site of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
  • Rideau Canal – In winter becomes the world’s longest skating rink.
  • National Gallery of Canada – Home to Canada’s premier art collection.
  • National Arts Centre – Features some of the best in Canadian dance, music and theatre.
  • Canada Aviation Museum – Recognized as having the most extensive aviation collection in Canada and one which ranks among the best in the world.
  • Byward Market – Ottawa’s entertainment area, full of one-of-a-kind shops, over 80 restaurants and caf├ęs, a thriving nightlife, and Canada’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market.
  • War Museum – Features a life-sized replica of a WWI trench.
  • Royal Canadian Mint – Produces all of Canada’s circulation coins, and manufactures circulation coins on behalf of other nations.
  • Ottawa Art Gallery – Ottawa’s public gallery for contemporary and 20th century art.
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization – Explore Canada’s cultural mosaic at the country’s largest and most popular museum.
  • Canadian Museum of Nature – Be enthralled by Badlands dinosaurs, bizarre bugs and a host of other big and crawly critters.
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Meet a mountie in characteristic red tunic, tour the renowned R.C.M.P. stables and enjoy the show as the horses go through their paces at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride Centre.
  • Winterlude – North America’s largest winter festival.
  • Canadian Tulip Festival – The largest festival of its kind in the world.
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