Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the fourth largest city in the country. It is located in the southeast corner of the province of Ontario, on the banks of the Ottawa River, which forms the border between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. It is located approximately 400 km east of Toronto and 200 km west of Montreal.
Like every good capital city, Ottawa is a place to learn and explore the history of the country and the world. But it also has a lot to offer in terms of world-class urban and country fun.
Hill of the Parliament
The Hill of the Parliament is not only the seat of government of the nation; it is also a cultural and community center with activities that take place in a truly incredible setting. You can, for example, do yoga on Parliament Hill. During the summer, every Wednesday at noon, hundreds of people dressed in yoga clothes sit and stretch out on their carpets in front of the iconic building.
You can also go to the light and sound show that for 30 minutes projects a beautiful and captivating story about the same building. There are also more traditional activities. Visit the historic Peace Tower and enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the city as well as the Changing of the Guard before heading to the interior of the building to take the tour.
Canadian War Museum
Nestled on the banks of the Ottawa River, it is hard to miss the Canadian War Museum. Once inside, you will walk through exhibits that cover Canada’s involvement in armed conflicts throughout its history. A vast collection of tanks, military vehicles, weapons, and uniforms fill the walls. Allowing us to see and learn about the equipment used by generations of brave men and women on the battlefield. More than 330 works of art and a wealth of detail round out the experience and help tell the stories that have shaped what Canada is today.
Many people know that the Rideau Canal is the world’s largest natural frozen ice rink (4.8 miles long). But the canal is a destination to visit all year if you want outdoor entertainment. Yes, in the winter you can skate along a seemingly endless track over the waters of the canal. It lets you carry through the center of Ottawa on two blades tied at your feet. But when the ice melts and the weather are like to wear t-shirts and shorts. You can take a canoe ride through those same waters or walk along its banks.
For almost two centuries, farmers and crafts sellers have flocked to the ByWard Market to share the fruits of their work. What once was a simple market has become the absolute center of food, shopping, and entertainment. More than 260 stalls fill the market itself. while, more than 500 businesses have settled in the neighborhood around the market.
On a regular visit, you will find a great venue for your next brunch, a quirky boutique full of inspiration or the local band the world is waiting for and it is for now ringing in front of the crowd. Near Parliament Hill, the Byward Market neighborhood is always full of life and activity, day and night. Be sure to take a walk.