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Ottawa Tourist Attractions

Canada's capital is more strictly bilingual than any other place in the country.
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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.
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Rideau Canal

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.

Château Laurier

Chateau Laurier hotel and War Memorial in Ottawa.
An ornate building, with the air of a medieval castle but actually built in 1912, the Château Laurier, at the upper end of the canal locks, is a prime example of the grand hotels built by the big Canadian railroad companies, which is what it still is today.
Visitors don't need to stay at the Fairmont Château Laurier to appreciate this imposing building. It is a striking landmark.
Address: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON K1N8S7, Canada

Parliament Hill

Upper Town

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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

Tulip festival in Ottawa.
Ottawa's Festival of Spring: in mid-May this spring festival marks the ending of winter as the tulips - given by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands in gratitude for the city's hospitality during the Second World War - come into bloom all over the city. The canal banks are the scene of general festivities, full of festival-goers, including those from the nearby Arts Center.
The Canadian Tulip Festival is one of Ottawa's annual highlights. Over three million tulips boom in the national region with tulip attraction sites spread out on a 15km route, the "Tulip Route". Throughout the 18 days performers will grace the Park's grounds, providing a musical and entertaining ambiance.
Address: 35 O'Connor Street, Suite 302, Ottawa, ON K1P5M4, Canada

Saunders Farm

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

The National War Memorial in Ottawa.
The National War Memorial was originally dedicated to those Canadians who served in World War I and has since been rededicated to all Canadians who served in war.

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.

Surroundings

Almonte, Canada

An old Victoria style post office in Almonte.
Almonte is a small town just outside of Ottawa, known for once being home to Robert Tait McKenzie and as being the childhood home of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of basketball. The town is situated along the Mississippi River in the beautiful Ottawa Valley.

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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