Ottawa is Canada’s capital city and the fourth largest city in the country. It is located in the southeastern region, within driving distance of both Montreal and Toronto.
For visitors, Ottawa has plenty of attractions to offer with a good selection of sightseeing highlights suitable for trips in the warmer seasons as well as winter sports perfect for those vacationing during the colder periods of the year. Ottawa is relatively small compared to many of the world’s capital cities; however, it is still very much on the map as one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations.
Being a city with a fascinating history, it’s no surprise that Ottawa offers a great selection of sights based on historical, cultural and heritage-based themes. A trip to the city would not be complete without checking out the Parliament Buildings, while a visit to the National Art Gallery of Canada certainly needs to be placed high up on any agenda. The city’s historic Rideau Canal plus countless museums also features on visitors’ lists of the most popular things to see in Ottawa.
Both Montreal and Toronto are within reasonable driving distance of Ottawa and present good opportunities for a day out, especially if you have a rental vehicle. Additionally, organized trips can be booked with local travel agents to destinations such as Merrickville, Brockville, Gananoque, Tremblant, Kingston, Picton and Monteb.
As Ottawa gets plenty of snow during the winter season, it is well known as a significant winter holiday destination, and offers some great skiing and snowboarding opportunities on well-groomed pistes at well-developed snow resorts.
Meanwhile in the city, the Rideau Canal freezes over and acts as the world’s longest ice skating rink, much to the delight of visitors and permanent residents alike. During the summer season, the canal is open for boating. Opportunities for watching sport in the city include watching ice hockey and soccer matches.