Insider's Guide to Ottawa

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ByWard Market

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

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 to get a taste for Ottawa’s food ...  Read more

Rideau Canal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

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 operational canal system in North America.  ...  Read more

Ottawa Locks

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Ratings

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 gradient of 24 meters (79 feet) on the ...  Read more

Ottawa Parliament Hill

4 star rating: Recommended 82 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

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

National Gallery of Canada

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

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 River. The collection focuses on ...  Read more

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

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

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, but the interior is rich in color and ...  Read more

Canadian Museum of Civilization

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

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 exhibits. There’s a topic to intrigue ...  Read more

Gatineau Park

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Sprawling across the Ottawa River from downtown Ottaway, Gatineau Park is an amazingly huge stretch of parklands, circling 179 km (110 miles) of summertime hiking trails and wintertime ...  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 heritage in the most known Little Italy in ...  Read more

Royal Canadian Mint

Ottawa has a swag of museums, and the Royal Canadian Mint is housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings. The castellated building was built in 1908, in mock-medieval castle style ...  Read more

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