Ottawa Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Ottawa

  • 1. Parliament Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Peace Tower replaced the old Victoria Tower which burnt down in 1916 and the focal point is the clock tower and bell. The tower is 92.2 m high and is covered with 370 gargoyles, grotesques and...

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  • 2. Canadian Tulip Festival

    In early May of every year there's a Tulip Festival going on in Ottawa. There are usually many flower displays, a lot of activities (for kids and adults) and concerts. There's also a Flotilla on the...

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  • 3. Parliament Hill - Changing of the Guard

    Every summer morning Parliament Hill is alive with music and colorful drills. The Changing of the Guard is a large-scale production includes a regimental band and pipers. The ceremony begins at 10...

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  • 4. Byward Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In hidden away courtyards by Byward market are several lovely works of art. My first photo is of the Tin House (2003), which I find awesome. It is the facade of a house of tinsmith Honoré Foisy. He...

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  • 5. National Art Gallery of Canada

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    At the National Gallery of Canada is the world´s largest Canadian collection of art. What I didn´t know, but read up on later, is that 1.200 art works are distplayed on rotation, so that every time...

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  • 6. Ottawa and area Museums

    In October 2006, The Canadian Museum of Nature celebrated its 150th anniversary. In October 2006. 2010 saw the completion of a six year Seven Step Cure for the Museum. A comprehensive website tells...

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  • 7. Views of Ottawa

    There are several lovely view platforms by Ottawa river. There is one especially nice with ornate information signs on the history of the Ottawa river. I love sitting here with this great view of...

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  • 8. Rideau Canal

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rideau Canal connects Ottawa with Kingston, 200 kms away, and is the oldest lock system in North America, which was opened in 1832 and the lock system is still open between from mid-May to mid...

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  • 9. Rideau Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rideau Hall is the residence of the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston (2013). Rideau Hall has been the residence and workplace of the Governor Generals of...

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  • 10. Ottawa and area Parks

    Major's Hill Park is a lovely park in Ottawa. And I must compliment Ottawa's National capital commission on their great work in putting up elaborate information all over the city. It is especially...

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  • 11. Ottawa Locks

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Ottawa Locks in Rideau Canal are a UNESCO World Heritage site. These beautiful locks with 8 locks (in flight) are located in the very center of Ottawa next to the Parliament buildings - connecting...

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  • 12. Inside the Parliament Buildings

    I went on a guided tour of the Centre Block of the Parliament building - they are free of charge. The Centre Block is where the Senate and the House of Commons are located. And the beautiful Library...

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  • 13. Sparks Street

    Sparks Street is one of the most interesting streets in Ottawa. It is Canada´s first pedestrian mall, so to speak. It is right down-town and stretches for several streets "cutting into" it - like...

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  • 14. Winterlude

    The official opening, the Ice scultures at work, photos of the Kids enjoying Jacques Cartier PArk, Unesco Rideau Skateway, lots and lots of Photos for that unsual one, but my Flu Shot did not work, a...

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  • 15. RCMP Musical Ride

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    During the last week of June (Monday through Friday), one can get a chance to see the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride for free. This takes place at the RCMP stables located at...

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  • 16. City Tours/Bus Tours

    Take a boat tour of the Ottawa River. Beautiful little islands, charming cottages, nice vies of the Parliament hill and Chateau Laurier from the water. Get to know how some people live around this...

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  • 17. Rideau Canal - Skating in Winter

    Not sure if this should fall under "Must see activity" or "Tourist Trap". I tend to think it's both. The Rideau Canal is one of Ottawa's top attractions and a lot of fun to skate on -- although it's...

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  • 18. General city Information

    There is a big spider in front of The National gallery in Ottawa - not for the arachnophobic like me. It carries a sack of marble eggs. I ventured under it and took a photo of its 26 marble eggs (see...

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  • 19. Ottawa and area Churches

    The Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica is Ottawa's oldest surviving church. I had somehow expected to see a bigger church, so I had dismissed this church as being an ordinary church, being used to the...

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  • 20. Ottawa River/Rideau River

    There are so many lovely river and canal walks in Ottawa. One of them is the walk by the Ottawa River with a starting point from the War Museum. I love what they have done with this path by the...

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  • 21. Haunted Walks

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    What a great way to discover the city and learn about its darker history! Follow the lantern of your tour guide to Ottawa’s numerous haunted buildings, some of which are supposed to be among the most...

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  • 22. National War Memorial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The National War Memorial (also known as The Response) stands in Confederation Square. The memorial, from grade to the tip of the surmounting statue's wings, is approximately 21.34 m (70ft). The...

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  • 23. Parliament Hill - Supreme Court of Canada

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Supreme Court of Canada was established in 1875. It is Canada´s highest court. There are guided tours, free of charge, of the Supreme Court of Canada. The guided tours are offered from early May...

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  • 24. Hotel Chateau Laurier

    On our first morning in Ottawa, Sue and I struck out on foot for the short walk toward the impressive buildings on Parliament Hill. However, the first majestic sight that caught our eyes was the...

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  • 25. National Arts Centre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I have been to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on two occasions, once for the extraordinary performance of the Phantom of the Opera and in May 2011 for a Rachmaninov´s Rhapsody orchestra. Both...

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