Ottawa Points of Interest and Places to Visit


ByWard Market

4.5 star rating: Recommended 126 Reviews

Ottawa’s historic food-focused ByWard Market houses hundreds of vendors hawking farm-raised meat, fresh produce, and arts and crafts. Hungry visitors and ...  Read more

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

National Gallery of Canada

4.5 star rating: Recommended 126 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)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 126 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

Ottawa Parliament Hill

4.5 star rating: Recommended 126 Reviews

A concentrated cluster of grand government buildings overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is the centerpiece of Downtown Ottawa. At the heart of the ...  Read more

Canadian Museum of History

4.5 star rating: Recommended 74 Reviews

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

Rideau Canal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Built between 1826 and 1832 to offer secure passage for British ships from Montreal, the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is an engineering ...  Read more

Gatineau Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 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


4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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

Rideau Hall

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

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

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

Ottawa Little Italy

While it might be thousands of miles from Rome, the Little Italy neighborhood of Ottawa tastes about the same. Here, on the outskirts of Canada’s capital, ...  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

Royal Canadian Mint

While the Royal Canadian Mint’s Ottawa facility no longer produces Canada’s circulation coins, it is still one of the most respected producers of handcrafted ...  Read more

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