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The Best Things to Do in Ottawa

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Things to do in Ottawa

Military Museum
Emotional, educational, and enlightening, Canadian War Museum brings to life the stories that shaped Canadian military history. Housed in one
Tours from $5
Natural History Museum
Established in 1912, Canadian Museum of Nature occupies the grandiose Victoria Memorial Museum Building, described as Scottish Baronial in st
Tours from $5
Specialty Museum
Peruse a multitude of local and international works of various disciplines at National Gallery of Canada, one of the leading galleries in the
Tours from $5
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Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
The most unique way to discover Ottawa is on board the world's-largest, certified, 100%-electric, passenger vessel. You will sail for 90 minutes on the iconic Rideau Canal and have a novel view of downtown Ottawa! The National Arts Centre, Lansdowne Park, Dow’s Lake, and many more scenic views await you! You will discover more with the live bilingual commentary and the free audio guide application. Come to 2 Rideau Street for your tickets, just across the street from Parliament Hill. The schedule is mid-May to mid-October, 6 departures per day, 7 days a week.
Book on Viator from $36
Government Building
See where Canada's most important desicions are made at Parliament Hill and Buildings. Architecturally reminiscent of Westminster in London,
Tours from $5
ByWard Market , Ottawa
Arguably the city’s number one tourist attraction, historical ByWard Market offers an eclectic mix of shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurant
Tours from $5
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Government Buildings · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
From discovering impressive architectural and engineering achievements to cycling down the highly developed network of bike trails, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Ottawa. Art lovers gather at National Gallery of Canada, where they can see works by some of the world's most noted artists. You can also take a walk to the heart of the city, where you'll find fine examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Alternatively, explore the waterway of Rideau Canal, North America's oldest operational canal system and home the world's largest skating rink during the winter months.

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Places to visit with Ottawa

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Where to stay in Ottawa

For the best access to restaurants and shops, stay in the historic central neighborhood of ByWard Market, where you can choose from a range of comfortable hotels. Options also abound just south of the canal in Centretown, where you can enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Ottawa. You can explore the city's diverse heritage by staying in one of its many cultural hubs--Chinatown, Little Italy, and Quartier Vanier offer a distinctive taste of China, Italy, and France respectively.
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