Ottawa Travel Guide

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Ottawa Things to Do

  • Parliament Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Here on Ottawa's Paliament Hill there are various statues of prominent Canadian statesmen(plus a couple of English queens). The most interesting, to me at any rate, is Barbera Paterson's relatively recent monument entitled, "Women are Persons". This set of scupltures, depicting 5 women, was inauguarated on October 18th 2000 and commemorates what is...

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  • Parliament Hill - Changing of the Guard

    Don't miss this ceremony that is held from late June to late August on Parliament Hill, no matter how the weather is. Get there early in order to have a good view as the ceremony gets underway at 10 am. The guards will march from their Cartier Sq. drill hall up Elgin st. to Parliament Hill. There are bands from two regiments but most of the...

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  • Byward Market

    4 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 advertised by decorating the outside of his house. This work of art is made of original and fabricated parts of the house. It is a fun idea, putting...

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  • FAST FAST Foods

    once or twice a year, Mac Donald offers free coffees, need less to say, when it is free, why not.The past week included little stickers when 7 gets you another free cuppa.With the Wi Fi, i do stop by for a cuppa and maybe a muffin or fries. The Burger fun , regrettably does not agree with me.visited the Bank Street branch, the 1st floor has an...

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  • Great steaks and more

    The KEG is a Canadian institution. The name will guarantee a prime quality steak and a great atmosphere. This branch of the many KEG restaurants throughout Canada is always crowded with a lively audience. I recommend an upstairs table to eat and a downstairs drink at the bar to finish.2009 Update: Even at a quiet night I had to go for a 15 minutes...

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  • Great tasty Korean fare @ ALIRANG

    been hinting for a visit for a few years, and finally made it for a Birthday lunch,what a treat ;-))),was there for a 2nd visit with a group of 12, Alirang had a full house, foor was a bit too salty and service slower. Was back for dinner on June 29th, 2013, great meal, great service, value for money spent ;-))) Galbi, Dukbaegi Bulgogi, Dolsot...

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Ottawa Nightlife

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  • Byward Market

    The Heart and Crown was once one of our favourite pubs when in Ottawa but a recent experience has convinced me never to return. After attending my daughter's graduation from University in the afternoon, we all decided to meet at the pub for dinner and a few drinks. Our meals were taking a cry long time and we complained to a young man who turned...

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  • Elgin Street

    D'Arcy McGee's is a franchise Irish Pub, where you can eat too. BEERS: Domestic: Budweiser, Bud Light, Labatt Blue Domestic specials: Rickard's Red, Alexander Keith's, Creemore Import: Guinness, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Smithwick's, Kilkenny, Harp, Strongbow A second pub is located at 360 Moodie Dr, Nepean As you are

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  • Bank Street

    Irene's Pub is a great place to listen to live local bands. Live music every night, around $10 to get in is the norm. Relaxed atmosphere, and enjoyed by locals, both the young hipsters and the neighbourhood old timers. Casual dress

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Ottawa Transportation

  • Public transit - city

    Many Residents of Ottawa or Urbanites believe that getting from A to B or Y to Z, the car =Automobile is the best way, but as one on the fringes of the "Silver Generation", and instead of being caught up in the traffic congestion crawl and stressoing time, Public Transport is the Solution, In this City of ours, aka Ottawa or National Capital...

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  • Travel by Rail

    Having travelled from New York up to Montreal on the Amtrak Ariondak which was a less than spectacularly slow 10 hour service, our next stop was Ottawa. Our Montreal hotel was the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, chosen by us as the railway station is a simple elevator ride down under the hotel. The trip to Ottawa was uneventful and quite speedy but was...

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  • General city Information

    If you're in the downtown area, there is free parking at certain parking lots after 5:30pm Monday to Friday, and all day on weekends. Do a Web search for a map of parking lots owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, there are a number of them located in the centre of the city. There is also free parking at city metre spots downtown after...

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Ottawa Shopping

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  • Byward Market

    Looking for Cheese?! International Cheese, Inc. has a wide variety of cheeses from around the world: Canadian cheeses, French cheeses, chocolates, coffees, crackers, olives, cooking products, and a deli department. I love all types of cheeses, so when I'm out of town, I try to find local cheeses to try that I can't get at home. I also like to try...

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  • Rideau Centre

    Rideau Centre is the place to shop in Ottawa - all under one roof. I had been several times to Ottawa before I noticed that this was a mall there right in the very city centre. One cannot really see it from the outside that this is a mall. There are 180 stores at the mall. It is big and one can spend hours in there. One can also cross the street...

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  • Maps and Travel Books

    This is one of our first stops after deciding to go on a trip. It's the best place in and around Ottawa to buy maps and travel books for places near and far. It has a much better selection than the big box bookstores and knowledgable staff to help,There are navigation charts for boaters, hiking and biking maps as well, including a section devoted...

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Ottawa Local Customs

  • French and English

    Canada is English speaking, apart from Quebec which has remained French speaking, with people of French origin. Ottawa and Gatineau are divided by Ottawa river, Ottawa being in Ontario on the English side and Gatineau being in Quebec on the French side. If you go into Gatineau all the signs are in French, but on the Ottawa side all the signs are...

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  • Drinking/Buying alcohol

    It happens for three days, once a year. The Ottawa Wine and Food Show is an excellent place to try different wines, food and other spirits prepared and presented by local businesses among others. The thing is ALWAYS packed, you may have to wait in line for an hour even if you have a ticket. Regardless, it's always a good time. There's lots of...

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  • Cultural Diversity

    On my walks in Ottawa I came across so many churches, they were almost on every corner. It came as a pleasent surprise seeing how strong the Christian church is in Canada, seeing that Canada is a melting point of different cultures and religion. 75% of Canadians are Christians, but with immigrants almost flooding the country the number of Muslims,...

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Ottawa Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety in Ottawa

    Ottawa is generally a fairly safe city; the federal presence within the capital makes the city heavily policed and patroled. However, it's always best to be on the look out--just in case. The areas around the Rideau Centre along Rideau St. at night are sometimes filled with bored teens and wannabe drug dealers. Homeless people also are found along...

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  • Winters

    Snow can be used for building snowmen, snow for us suburbanites, dependent of the 4 wheeled cars to commute, driveways need to be cleared; oh yes, the snow clearers aka graders, do push heavy loads of compact snow into monstrous banks that need to be removed , by house residents, without personal snow blowers, physically trying, but a solution...

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  • Driving in Ottawa

    For all of you looking for Gatineau look for signs with the word: HULL! 2009 Update: Believe it or not, all HULL signs are replaced by signs with GATINEAU. So, just follow the new and cleary readable new signs :)

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Ottawa Tourist Traps

  • Byward Market

    Byward Market... I just have nothing to say about this place exept it's probably the busiest place in Ottawa (which isn't much.) Nothing special here..exept maybe Beaver tails if you have never eathen them before.

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  • Parliament Buildings

    If you do make it to the Parliament buildings, keep an eye out for the various "grotesques" you'll see peeking out at you from all over the building. My favorite is pictured here. A worker explained to me that these are not gargoyles, because gargoyles always have their mouths open to direct water away from the building, but grotesques have closed...

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  • Taxis: NO NO NO!

    When visiting Ottawa do not take the cab (taxi). Taxi rates are very high in Ottawa. Appearently the highest in the country. You save lots by walking of by taking the public transportation (OC transpo: see transportation tips). Plus taxi drivers will ask you for tip if you did not give them enough! And eve worst, all my taxi experiences where bad:...

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Ottawa What to Pack

  • Weather

    Waterproof shoes, don't forget weatherproof paste. Waterproof coat etc; you will have make your car ice/snow-free more than once. Anti-flu, anti-cold stuff (I prefer Fisherman's Friend). Some moisturizer for your lips. General tips for snow-pictures. In the winter the sun is always low and it is hard to take a good picture of a building at close...

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  • Packing List

    Waterproof shoes, don't forget weatherproof paste.Waterproof coat etc; you will have make your car ice/snow-free more than once. Anti-flu, anti-cold stuff (I prefer Fisherman's Friend).Some moisturizer for your lips. General tips for snow-pictures. In the winter the sun is always low and it is hard to take a good picture of a building at close...

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  • Some have Lap tops others Camera Phones...

    A light portable one for mobility especially if you want to keep up with current affairs and significant geo-political developments in BURMA. as important as clothes, is food for the mind about FreedomSIGN a PETITION - An appeal to the UN Security Council to protect the people of Burma from BBC's Accounts from inside Burma" Now the military junta...

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Ottawa Off The Beaten Path

  • Gatineau Park

    camping only crosses my mind as rare and special occasions in my hometown. here, canadians love to go camping during summer and it's a typical canadian must-do activity. all you need to do is reserve a camping site (online booking), buy a tent (if you go with 2 people, buy a 4 pax tent, trust me.. speaking from my experience), pack some food for...

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  • Ottawa Area Museums

    The National Currency Museum The National Currency Museum is located in downtown Ottawa, at 245 Sparks Street, Ottawa. Open daily from 10:30 AM until 5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The museum itself is part of the Bank of Canada building. There is a bilingual tour guide available on request and at this place you can learn about the...

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  • Silicon Valley North

    Silicon Valley North. That's right. This is how some people know Ottawa. Why? Because Ottawa is the home for some of the World's biggest and most advanced information technology companies. You probably heard of the company Corel, or Nortel networks. Perhaps JDS Uniphase and Cognos. There are many more to list, like Siemens, HP, Canon, Microsoft...

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Ottawa Sports & Outdoors

  • Hockey

    Truly the most absurdly located NHL building imaginable - at the extreme west end of Ottawa beyond the suburbs. Why? When most new arenas were being constructed in city centres during the 1990s, Ottawa's new arena was not following suit. I believe the biggest reason for this was to be more than 120 miles from the Bell Centre in Montreal. I hope in...

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  • Boating (sailing, rafting)

    Rafting on the Ottawa River is highly recommended; it's considered one of the best whitewater destinations in Canada. The best known companies are Wilderness tours (http://www.wildernesstours.com/) and Owl Rafting (http://www.owl-mkc.ca/owl/). The departure points are somewhere around 1 to 1 1/2 hours drive out of the city, but well worth it from...

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  • Skating

    The Rideau Canal Skateway is known as the world's longest skating rink. The skateway is about 8 km long and runs through the heart of the city. All along the canal there are little rest areas, and if you feel like your energy is running low, it is also possible to buy delicious beavertail pastries (fried dough - the nutella-covered one is the...

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  • Parliament Hill

    The Canadian Centennial was a year long celebration held in 1967 when Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. This monument was created on Jan 1967 to mark the beginning of the Canadian Centennial.

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  • Statues

    'Territorial Prerogative' created by Bruce Garner in 1980. The sculpture stands at the entrance to the Sparks Street Mall. On the same street you will find another Bruce Garner's sculpture 'Joy' (1970) - the family group made of welded copper.

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  • Views of Ottawa

    Downtown Ottawa is bordered by the Ottawa River to the north, the Rideau Canal to the east, Gloucester Street to the south and Bronson Avenue to the west. 'The towers of downtown Ottawa are not as tall as other those in other cities, as legislation prevented buildings being built taller than the Peace Tower until the 1970s, so as not to overshadow...

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  • Mar 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    lots of good stuff here, but I would like to know if any of you have recently past year, stayed at a good B and B.. quiet close to d/t Sedona :)

 
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