Ottawa travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ottawa

The capital city of Canada, Ottawa sits on the Ottawa River near the place where it intersects with the Rideau River in a lush, green area surrounded by forests and hills.

The imposing Victorian neo-gothic Parliament buildings look down on the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill, making it the city's most characteristic view. But, along with its serious political face, Ottawa is also a city with a sociable, fun-loving heart.

Just over the river, Gatineau offers miles of hiking trails along with the Canadian Children's Museum and even more nightlife options. From outdoor adventures to sophisticated fine dining and everything in between, you'll never be bored in Ottawa.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ottawa

What to do in Ottawa

Parliament Hill
Rideau Canal
National Gallery of Canada
Lower Town
Top activities & attractions in Ottawa

When to Visit Ottawa

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Cold weather and snow makes Ottawa a less popular destination during the winter months between December and February, but it's the best time to find travel bargains. Winter sports are popular in the area, which means it's never off the tourist map. Spring and summer are the most popular times for tourists, coinciding with numerous outdoor festivals and events that take advantage of the scenic landscape.

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How to Get to Ottawa

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Where to Stay in Ottawa

The Fairmont Château Laurier is one of the city's premiere hotels, built in an opulent style that reflects Ottawa's iconic Parliament buildings. ARC The Hotel offers modern luxury and minimalist design. Along with reliable national and international brands, you'll find many B&Bs all over the city, and long-stay accommodations like Les Suites apartment hotel.

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How to Get Around Ottawa

The Cost of Living in Ottawa

Shopping Streets

You'll find many opportunities to shop 'til you drop in Ottawa, from the high-end boutiques of the CF Rideau Centre, a downtown mall, or the huge outlet and outdoor stores outside the downtown area such as Bayshore Shopping Centre in the west end of town, or Place d'Orléans in the east. Bank Street, a refurbished area of downtown, is lined with shops like Octopus Books, Reza, and other unique jewelry and clothing boutiques.

Groceries and Other

Sobey's and Loblaws are large national grocery store chains at mid-level prices. One quart of milk costs about C$2.35 and a dozen eggs C$3.80. Jacobsons Gourmet Concepts in the upscale Rockcliffe Park neighborhood is where to find a wide range of specialty and gourmet items.

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Where to Eat in Ottawa

The Aulde Dubliner & Pour House is one of many bar-restaurants that takes its inspiration from the city's Irish heritage. The menu offers classic pub fare and Irish specialties like Guinness beef stew starting at C$13. For high-end dining in a chic contemporary lounge setting, there's Mezzanotte Bistro Italiano, with mains that start at C$20. Beckta is another fine-dining option, with three-course prix fixe menus that start at C$60 per person. If you just can't decide, there are more than 50 restaurants at every price point in the ByWard Market area of town.

Most popular restaurants in Ottawa

D'Arcy McGees - Sparks Street
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North and Navy
Excellent (174 reviews)
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
Contemporary Asian
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Fairouz Cafe
Excellent (113 reviews)
Grounded Kitchen
Excellent (82 reviews)
Carben Restaurant
Excellent (70 reviews)
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