Ottawa Attractions

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  • If you're visiting Ottawa for the first time, you will probably find that there are more things to do than you will have time for. You can't skip Parliament Hill, as it is a symbol of Canada and is a fascinating place. But there's much more to Ottawa than politics. Check out the art collection at the stunning National Gallery of Canada, browse for food and fashions in the historic Byward Market, and explore the Rideau Canal by boat or on skates. You can also explore one of our many museums, particularly the Canadian Museum of Civilization or the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Or check out one of our seasonal festivals. For example Winterlude is the most fun you can have in Ottawa in February, while the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest is a popular summertime blues celebration. Nature lovers will appreciate Gatineau Park, a wonderful place for hiking or driving, particularly in the autumn. Just don't forget to check the weather before making a decision about what things to do: temperatures swing from sweltering in summer to bone chilling in winter.

    Parliament Hill

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    Off Wellington Street

    The Heart of Canada... read more

    National Gallery of Canada

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    380 Sussex Dr
    At St. Patrick St

    Canada's Artistic Legacy... read more

    Byward Market

    55 Byward Market Square
    Area bounded by Sussex, Rideau, St. Patrick, and King Edward sts

    Unique Gathering Place... read more

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    Rideau Canal

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    Colonel By Drive

    UNESCO World Heritage Site... read more

    Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

    Le Breton Flats Park

    One of the top-ranked music festivals in the world (Billboard Magazine)... read more

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    Paul's Boat Lines

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    219 Colonnade Road

    Sightseeing from the Water... read more

    Canadian Museum of Civilization

    100 Laurier St

    Learn About Canadian Heritage... read more

    Canada Science and Technology Museum

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    1867 St. Laurent Blvd
    At Lancaster Rd

    Interesting Interactive Museum... read more


    Ottawa's Winter Festival... read more

    Gatineau Park

    Parc de la Gatineau

    Natural Beauty in Quebec... read more

    A Putt Above

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    3825 Richmond Rd

    3D Glow in the dark entertainment for everyone...
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    RCMP Musical Ride Centre

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    1 Sandridge Road
    RCMP Rockcliffe Stables

    Mounties Up Close & Personal... read more

    Major's Hill Park

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    525 Mackenzie Avenue

    Ottawa's Oldest Park... read more

    Bytown Museum

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    1 Canal Lane
    At Commissioner St

    Historical Exhibit of Canal Rideau... read more

    Rideau Falls

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    Rideau Falls

    Scenic Waterfall... read more

    Currency Museum (Musee de la monnaie)

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    245 rue Sparks Street

    Evolution of Currency Tour... read more

    Supreme Court of Canada (Cour Suprême du Canada)

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    301 Wellington Street

    Highest Court in the Land... read more

    Gray Line Ottawa

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    265 Catherine Street

    Take a Tour of Ottawa... read more

    Canadian Tribute to Human Rights

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    Corner of Lisgar and Elgin Street

    Human Rights Monument... read more

    National War Memorial

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    Corner of Elgin Street and Wellington Street
    Confederation Square

    Powerful War Monument... read more
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