Ottawa Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Ottawa Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Canada’s capital is located in a valley along
the Ottawa River in the province of Ontario, close to the American border. Ottawa is the country’s fourth-largest city and attracts more than 7 million visitors
each year. Come to Ottawa to celebrate its quality of
life, to explore its waterways and to enjoy its
many cultural attractions. This modern centre for technology and science
still has a deep appreciation for ceremony and history. Often thought of as a winter destination, this city comes to life during the warmer
months when locals enjoy the pop-up terraces on the waterfront and have outdoor meals in culinary districts
such as Little Italy. Go for a walk or a bike ride to explore the
downtown area and follow the pathways along the Rideau Canal. It cuts the city in two and gradually makes
its way down to the Ottawa River. The 1827 Commissariat Building, now the Bytown
Museum, is where Ottawa began. It was built as the depot for the British
engineers who set out to construct the Ottawa locks, under the supervision of colonel John By. Bytown became Ottawa in 1855 and was made
the seat of government soon after. Come to Parliament Hill in summer to see the
Changing of the Guard Ceremony when the clock of the Peace Tower strikes
ten. It’s a spectacle not to be missed! Cross the locks to see the National Gallery
of Canada. Its exterior reflects the sky and its inner
courts embrace nature. The gallery’s exhibits paint the story of
Canada’s past. Walk over to the nearby Notre Dame Basilica to take in its 19th-century Gothic Revival
facade and ornate interior. A few blocks away, the ByWard Market is THE
place to go for lunch, with its good selection of mouthwatering treats. Don’t worry; the advertised beavertails are
just a deep-fried pastry. Also try some of the delicious fruit, which comes straight from the farms in Quebec. The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is
the living proof that this Green City loves fresh produce. Learn about growing your own food, meet the
animals and check out the machinery in this working
farm in the heart of the city. The sky is the limit in the Canada Aviation
And Space Museum, an airport hangar filled with vintage planes
and modern spacecraft. Across the water in Quebec is the marvelous
Canadian Museum of Civilization. Step back in time in this recreation of Canada’s
past to explore log cabins, shops and vehicles
from a bygone time. Not far from the museum is the start of the
huge conservation area called Gatineau Park. After some close encounters in the visitor
centre, hike to picturesque lakes and enjoy a few
hours on the beach. Before you leave the park, have lunch in the
Tearoom of the MacKenzie King Estate, the historic summer retreat of Canada’s longest
serving prime minister. As the second-largest country in the world, Canada has everything from snowcapped mountains
to lush valleys and more wilderness than you can explore in
a lifetime. And as the capital of all of this, Ottawa
offers just a taste of what is to come.

100 thoughts on “Ottawa Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. (WARNING) dont go to down town at night cause bad stuff happens but its beautiful and nice people in the morning time xD so dont go to down town at night got it everyone well the down town in ottawa e.e

  2. Ottawa is chock-full of reserved progressive conservative intellectuals. If your thing is adventure and outrageous events and architecture, don't consider moving there.

  3. It's really unfortunate that Ottawa is one of the most boring cities in Canada. Also, people like to say that Ottawa is a very cold city during the winter. Ottawa is definitely not like Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, but it's more laid-back for elders and there's at least one sports team which is the Ottawa Senators (NHL) that can at least make you excited.

  4. The canadian people have football fans?, but not the american football, i refer the real football, i'm chilean and i wanna back the canadian back to the world cup

  5. A Ottawa, un grande nombre de parents ignorent des regles sur la circulation lorsque leurs enfants sont avec eux. et bon nombre de ces parents sont des fonctionnaires? En Canada, les jeunes meritent d'etre entoures de fonctionnaires responsables, consciencieux et respectueux de lois; leur avenir en depend. Si nous doublons les amendes routieres dans les capitales, nous verrons apparaitre des rues et des adultes respectueux de la loi, ce qu'on attend depuis longtemps a Ottawa. L'Organization Mondiale de la Sante, Bureau de Securite Routiere, estime que le respect des regles sur la circulation est souhaitable depuis longtemps en Canada. Que pensez-vous?

  6. Lovely, stunning, freewheeling capital city! Did you know, that many of the parents in Ottawa ignore traffic laws with their children and that many of these parents are civil servants? Youth in Canada deserve law-abiding, ethical and conscientious civil servants, their future actually depends on it. Let's double traffic fines in capital cites and watch law-abiding streets and adults appear. Let's stop the federal freewheeling family phenomenon and the city slicker syndrome as well as civic inattention. The World Health Organization, Road Safety Office, feels that law-abiding streets and highways are long overdue, in Canada. What do you think?

  7. Coming to ottawa this summer 🙂 Dont really care for Toronto, it seems like a New York wannabe. Ive already seen the original so the screw the copy

  8. To be honest, it looks like the city is pretty boring and dull. Pretty much like other planned capitals (Camberra, Brasilia, etc). Washington DC smashes all these, by far

    There might be other nice cities in Canada, but Ottawa seems soul less

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  10. I told a Canadian guy I know how I wanted to visit Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. He told me to skip Ottawa because it's boring, but it looks so pretty! ?

  11. Pros and Cons of Ottawa as a resident:

    Pros: Relaxing atmosphere, wilderness just minutes away, transit system is decent, good museums, small town feel in a big city, mostly everyone is friendly, rideau canal in winter for skating, plenty of local parks, 4 distinct seasons, employment is generally strong but pigeonholed into certain sectors – cost of living is low compared to bigger cities.

    Cons: It's way too cold in winter and it lasts too long, the city is largely silent in winter, lacks an obvious style (something that says – Ottawa), city maintenance is too slow, not enough festivals, government workers increase rush hour by 2 hours (really needs more roads), if you aren't into sport or the outdoors there isn't enough to do, and the city is really spread out.

    Conclusion: If you love the outdoors and embrace every season but also love friendly people and small cities this is a great place for you! For me it is a good compromise, I just have to make it through the winter and I'm fine :).

  12. Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as Canada's capital because it was situated between Lower and Upper Canada, and as well, because it was far from the American border; Toronto, Kingston, London, Montreal, were too close.

  13. My grad trip is to go to Ottawa …….. But I'm not going …. I want but my mom said No and we have to pay 420 dollars ….. Sorry I'm just mad that I can go and i want to talk abt it again sorry

  14. Ottawa < Washington, DC
    Toronto < NYC
    Vancouver < San Francisco
    What's left? Montreal to go up against Los Angeles, Honolulu, Miami, Boston, Vegas…?

  15. What a wonderful place, I was there when it was Canada Day 2017. Greetings from The Netherlands

  16. You telling me Ottawa is a good place to visit ??? sorry I disagree I find it the most expensive place beside Vancouver however Vancouver is a beautiful place to visit but unfortunately Ottawa is horrible I don’t suggest it to anyone last week I was there and guess what ?? Fish and chips for 37 bucks ??? Why is that. When I complained the lady said our fish is different then I said explain that .she coudnlt come up with an answer
    In Toronto food is away better than Ottawa .dont waste your money

  17. Honest to god I prefer to be in prison than in Ottawa such a boring place and the roads are one way Mississauga is better than that terrible cemetery Ottawa ,,, if you’re in your twenties or thirties you feel like you’re in your seventies bcz nothing to do there. Everyone goes to that stupid marche where everything is 10 times over priced they take advantage of any visitor…. such a terrible city ,and of course the media would make everything stunning just to make u spend and spend.

  18. Ottawa has it all, it is a beautiful city with a marvelous architecture, clean, organized and very safe, people are also very friendly. worth to visit!


  20. Waaaay too cold in the winter and it lasts waaaay too long. November-April almost no exceptions. January and February unbearably cold. Cost of living is reasonable but the fact that half the year is dark, gloomy, dirty, nothing to do, and freezing cold is a deal breaker as far as long term living.

  21. For anyone who says Ottawa is boring, please understand any city is boring if you dont go out to do stuff. While cities like Toronto and Montreal have very in-your-face flashy attractions, in Ottawa you have to venture a little deeper to discover some really cool things. There are so many cool places to visit that just aren’t obvious, but once you find them you’ll truly feel fulfilled!

  22. Ottawa, the city where 1/2 of Discovering was born! We always visit friends and family and we love to go back! A great tip for visitors is to visit Ottawa during the "Ottawa Tulip Festival", which gives lots of colours and fun to the city, where tourists will find lots of events going on too!

  23. Truly, last statement won my heart. Canada has everything from lush green forest to snow clad mountains. In short, Canada has nature in it's pristine form. Love Canada from India ❤?

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