Insider's Guide to Ottawa

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ByWard Market

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Canada’s oldest market, operating since 1826, the ByWard Market is one of the most entertaining attractions in Ottawa. Come here year-round, rain or shine ...  Read more

Ottawa Parliament Hill

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Canada’s political heart focuses on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, crowned with a flurry of grand government buildings. The most impressive building is the ...  Read more

National Gallery of Canada

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Canada’s premier art collection is housed in the National Gallery of Canada, a strikingly modern building of glass and pink granite overlooking the Ottawa ...  Read more

Ottawa Notre Dame Basilica (Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame)

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Ottawa’s Roman Catholic Notre Dame Basilica is the largest and oldest church in the city, dating back to 1839. The building has a somewhat austere exterior, ...  Read more

Canadian Museum of Civilization

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

The grand-sounding Canadian Museum of Civilization takes an up-close look at Canada’s history and culture with an entertaining and educational array of ...  Read more

Gatineau Park

1.5 star rating: I do not recommend this 2 Reviews

Sprawling across the Ottawa River from downtown Ottaway, Gatineau Park is an amazingly huge stretch of parklands, circling 179 km (110 miles) of summertime ...  Read more

Rideau Canal

1.5 star rating: I do not recommend this 2 Reviews

The Rideau Canal is a signature Ottawa landmark, dividing the city’s downtown into eastern and western segments. Opened in 1832, it’s the oldest still ...  Read more

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Ottawa is blessed with a number of great museums, but one of them really stands out: the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. From the moment you walk in and ...  Read more

Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum tells the story of Canada’s past conflicts, how the country and its people were affected, and remembers the sacrifices made by those ...  Read more

Confederation Square

Confederation Square is a triangular plaza wedged between Wellington Street and Elgin Street right in front of Parliament Hill. It is a planned urban space ...  Read more

Gatineau

Gatineau is a city of about 300,000 right across from Ottawa on the northern shores of the Ottawa River. While Gatineau belongs to Quebec and Ottawa to ...  Read more

Little Italy

Though the neighborhood is currently much more culturally diverse than its previous incarnations, there are still many landmarks of Italian culture and ...  Read more

Ottawa Locks

The Ottawa Locks 1 to 8 regulate the flow of the city’s signature Rideau Canal as it flows south from the Ottawa River. The hand-cranked locks provide a ...  Read more

Rideau Hall

Rideau Hall is the residence of the Governor General of Canada, and because of the country’s status as a member of the Commonwealth, is also where the monarch ...  Read more

Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint’s headquarters does not only produce all of Canada’s circulation coins, but is one of the most respected producers of handcrafted ...  Read more

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