Ottawa Tourist Attractions
Canada's capital is more strictly bilingual than any other place in the country.AccessBy air:Ottawa International Airport has commuter airlines from most large Canadian cities, especially Toronto and Montréal, plus direct flights, particularly in summer, to the major European cities.
By rail:VIA Rail - Ottawa's station was relocated from the center to the south-east of the city. Trains run several times daily to Toronto and Montréal.By bus:The city is well served by the Canadian intercity bus lines.Ottawa Transit's city buses run at short intervals on an extensive and closely integrated system of routes.Ottawa stands at the confluence of the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, and is also the starting point of the Rideau Canal linking it to Lake Ontario.HistoryThe city grew up between 1820 and 1840 from the construction base which had been set up where the Rideau Canal diverged from the Ottawa River. In charge of the project was the British Colonel John By (1779-1836) and consequently the town was known until 1853 as "Bytown". In 1854 the town changed its name to Ottawa.From 1864 Ottawa was developed as the Canadian capital. The Parliament buildings were built in 1865, high above the Ottawa River, and this is where, in 1867, the first Canadian Parliament met following the founding of the Dominion of Canada.In the course of time Ottawa has become a busy government seat, with all the marks of the federal city, but it has some industry too, especially timber, paper and printing.Although the city may have been considered rather provincial in the past, it now has a very real feeling of the international metropolis, due in no small measure to the cosmopolitan nature of the many people who have come to live here.InstitutionsAs Canada's capital Ottawa not only houses the national parliament but also the Supreme Court, as well as the many government departments and cultural institutions such as major museums and two universities, plus a Catholic and an Anglican bishop.ConferencesAs the seat of government of a nation that is an economic force to be reckoned with, Ottawa has also been able to develop into a top-ranking venue for conferences, many of them of worldwide significance.Science and cultureTogether with Hull in Québec Province on the other side of the Ottawa River, Ottawa has succeeded more than any other Canadian city in developing a life of lively intellect and culture. The Royal Society of Canada, University of Ottawa, Carleton University and several research institutes have all contributed to this, as have such internationally famous venues as the National Arts Center (since 1969; opera, concerts), the National Library and Archives, the National Gallery (since 1988 in a fine new building by Moshe Safdie) and the Canadian Museum of Civilization (since 1989 in an imposing new building by Douglas Cardinal, see Hull).Business interestsAlthough Ottawa cannot be said to have the commercial importance of Montréal or Toronto, in recent years a great many major companies have made it their headquarters, particularly in the high-tech sector, and its status as a capital city and center for the arts have also attracted bankers, stockbrokers, and insurers, together with publishers.
The Rideau Canal runs through Ottawa, adding to the city's character. In summer the canal and locks are an active waterway, and in winter the frozen canal becomes a recreational area for skating and festivals.
Address: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON K1N8S7, Canada
Vincent Massey Park
The Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa offers visitors a place to relax and play. The park features softball diamonds, horseshoe pits and a bandstand.In winter the park is available for snowshoeing or skiing.
Address: Heron Road, Canada
Canadian Tulip Festival
Address: 35 O'Connor Street, Suite 302, Ottawa, ON K1P5M4, Canada
The Saunders Farm in Ottawa has an interesting assortment of fun things to do for kids, families, and the young at heart. The farm has a water spray zone for those hot days, a barnyard treehouse, wagon rides, slides, ice cream shop, bakery, and pirate ship, One of the unique features on the property is the variety of creative hedge mazes. There are also seasonal events at Saunders Farm so be sure to check in to see what's going on.
Address: 7893 Bleeks Road, Box 356, Munster, ON K0A3P0, Canada
Dows Lake Pavilion
The Dows Lake Pavilion has a beautiful location, jutting out into and overlooking the lake. This facility has a number of different restaurants, including an outdoor patio that is very popular in summer. The pavilion also looks over the docks where it's possible to rent paddleboats, canoes, kayaks or bikes. In winter you can also rent skates or sleds.
Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S5K7, Canada
Canadian Ski Museum (CLOSED)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.The museum traces the history of skiing from it's earliest European beginnings to the introduction of the sport to Canada. Exhibits include a collection of photographs, memorabilia, skis, poles and ski clothing donated by Canadian and European skiers.
Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum
Diefenunker Canada's Cold War Museum is a unique museum located outside of Ottawa. This is a large underground facility designed to protect important items of the Canadian government in the event of a nuclear war. It was built during the cold war and today it is a museum open to the public.
Address: 3911 Carp Road, Ottawa, ON K0A1L0, Canada
Capital Double Decker and Trolley Tours (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.Capital Double Decker and Trolley Tours offers tours of Ottawa stopping at about 15 attractions. Passengers are allowed to visit the attraction at each stop.
Garden of the Provinces
Garden of the Provinces features the provincial flowers from all across Canada as well as flags of the provinces. The garden contains monuments, pathways and flowers, and in the spring, comes alive with flowering trees.
Royal Canadian Mint
Although the manufacturing of currency has taken place in Winnipeg since 1976, the factory in Ottawa continues to make special commemorative coins, tokens, medals and bullion investment coins. Visitors can tour the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables
The RCMP Stables in Ottawa are home to training grounds for both horses and officers. The Stables also train horses for the Musical Ride which is an equestrian show that travels across the country annually.
Address: 1200 Vanier Parkway, Ottawa, ON K1A0R2, Canada
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Museum of Contemporary Photography displays the works of Canada's photographers. The diverse collection features over 160,000 works.
Address: 380 Sussex Drive, Box 465, Station A, Ottawa, ON K1N9N6, Canada
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian Museum of Nature takes visitors through the world of the dinosaurs all the way up to today's animal population.
Address: 240 McLeod Street, Box 3443, Station D, Ottawa, ON K1P6P4, Canada
Fête di Canada (Canada Day)
Fête di Canada / Canada Day: this lively event takes place in July, complete with flower parade and waterborne procession and entertainment to suit every taste.
National Archives of Canada
The National Archives of Canada feature exhibits pertaining to the history of Canada. The archives also house important documents related to the history of Canada.
Address: 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A0N4, Canada
National War Memorial
Old City Hall
Ottawa's Old City Hall is built on Green Island and noted for it's architectural design, the city's offices have moved, but the building is still open for tours.
Address: 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N5A1, Canada
Ottawa Boat Tours
A variety of companies offer visitors scenic cruises along the Ottawa River in Ottawa.
Paul's Boat Lines
Paul's Boat Lines offers cruises along the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal system. This can be a good option for seeing some of the sights of Ottawa.The Ottawa River cruise lasts about 3.5 hours, and the Ridea Canal cruise takes about 1.5 hours.
Ottawa Riverboat Company (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.The Ottawa Riverboat Company offers a 90 minute cruise of the Ottawa River passing the most significant sites of the city. Other tours are also offered.
Ottawa International Airport
The Ottawa International Airport is located 10 km / 6.2 miles south of Ottawa city center.
Mill of Kintail Conservation Area
The Mill of Kintail Conservation Area dates from 1830 and was restored in 1930 by Robert Tait Mckenzie who used it as a studio and summer home. The mill is now a museum filled with McKenzie's belongings and sculptures.The conservation area also offers visitors a variety of nature trails.
Address: 2854 Concession 8, RR#1, Almonte, ON K0A1A0, Canada
Arnprior and District Museum, Canada
The Arnprior and District Museum recounts local history through photographs and exhibits. Included in the exhibits are First Nations artifacts. The museum is housed in the 1896 Post Office building.
St Andrews - McMaze
McMaze in St Andrews, features a corn door and tall grass maze as well as wagon rides, and farm animals. In the Fall, the haunted barn and pumpkin patch are very popular attractions.
Address: Civic #17049, Canada
Wilderness Tours Whitewater Rafting, Beachburg, Canada
Wilderness Tours Whitewater Rafting in Beachburg offers rafting tours on the Ottawa River. The facilities also offer a wide variety of other outdoor activities.
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