Ottawa is Canada’s beautiful capital city, set on the south bank of the Ottawa River in Ontario. The city is peppered with national and historical sites, with cultural attractions and festive celebrations that you can enjoy throughout the year. Popularly thought of as a winter destination, Ottawa’s waterways and parks come to life in the warmer months. Rideau Canal offers scenic boating. But come wintertime, it becomes the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink.

Although Ottawa’s one of Canada’s modern hubs for technology and science, the city still has a deep appreciation for history, culture, and ceremonies. Set your eyes on Parliament Hill by the river for one of the city’s most picturesque views and witness the city’s changing of the guards against some of the city’s grandest Gothic Revival buildings. Enjoy Ottawa’s great outdoors at its beautiful parks or go on scenic walks or bike rides through the downtown area.

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  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Ottawa

    The best things to do after dinner in Ottawa include top places for experiencing the city’s diverse nightlife scene. You could spend the day in prominent shopping districts browsing for local goods during the day, followed by a spot of bar-hopping after sunset. Having the Ottawa River running through Ottawa’s downtown core offers a chance to take in views of the...

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