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Travel Guide of Ottawa in Canada by Influencers

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario.

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 Ottawa has long been an agricultural and forestry region

A city with a tumultuous past, it was first called Bytown

The city was the scene of legendary battles between the Irish and French Canadians. 
Today, however, Victorian Ottawa is the dominant feature of Uptown, while Francophone Ottawa comes alive in Lowertown.

Ottawa owes its undeniable cachet to Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier who dreamed of making it the Washington of the North.
The historic buildings, including the neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings (on the hill overlooking the Ottawa River), as well as the many green spaces, set it apart from other North American cities. 

  • The Rideau Canal, which winds its way through the heart of the city, is a popular place for residents and visitors to relax.

Ottawa deserves to be rediscovered. In 2017, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, the city redoubled its efforts to attract visitors. 

Museums got a makeover, restaurants flourished, hotels blossomed, and Wellington's newest trendy neighborhood has all the cultural and culinary attractions of the moment.
Located on the border of Ontario and Quebec, this serene city offers the traveler the best of both cultures. It's the perfect opportunity to feel the pulse of Canada.

Ottawa, located in the Ontario region, is the beautiful capital of Canada. 

It is a city of water and nature, with the Rideau Canal at its heart, which separates the western part from the eastern part. The canal is a great place for picnics and walks along its banks in the summer, or for skating on its frozen waters in the winter. Boat tours are often organized to visit Ottawa in an original way.

Parliament, which has become the city's landmark, sits on a hill overlooking the Ottawa River: the splendid blue-roofed gothic building sits atop this small, leafy hill.

This part is called the Upper Town. The east side of the main canal borders Lowertown, a neighborhood influenced by both English and French culture.
The streets are worth exploring, especially for the Chateau Laurier and the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

  • The Byward Market is also an important center of activity, with its open-air merchants' stalls surrounded by shopping streets, restaurants, and cafés.

The Governor's official residence, Rideau Hall, is located in a beautiful 40-hectare garden, set back from downtown. 

Rockcliffe Park, across the street, is no match for it, with its wide green lawns. In addition to walking or biking, you can also take advantage of the lookouts and enjoy a remarkable view of the river in the foreground and Quebec in the distance.

The many national museums are well worth a visit: Inuit and Canadian art is on display, as well as dinosaur fossils and other curiosities.
The National Museum of Civilization, for example, contains impressive totem poles.

  • Sporting activities are available all year round: from kayaking in summer to sledding in winter. 

Finally, one of the particularities of the city is to cultivate a lot of tulips, a festival is even organized every year!

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Ottawa

Ottawa : What to visit?

  • The Byward Market is a place to go. 
The name encompasses one of Canada's oldest markets, and the area surrounding it. 
This is the area for foodies, with several bars, bistros, restaurants, and refreshment stands in the heart of the market. 

Don't miss the city's many museums, including :
  • The Canadian Museum of Nature
  • The Museum of History, the War Museum,
  • The Fine Arts Museum.

Ottawa is also a great city for cycling: a good way to discover the capital with your family!

  • The Rideau Canal is an exciting UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can even skate for free in winter. 
  • Parliament Hill of course is not to be missed. 

If you want to discover a little more of the region's nature, you can go to Gatineau Park, with its flamboyant colors in the fall.
Among the many neighborhoods with different attractions, the city's Chinatown is special: it mixes Canadian architecture and Asian totems for a superb result.

  • If you visit Ottawa, you must try a BeaverTail. 
Don't worry, it has nothing to do with the friendly animal, except for the shape of this delicious pastry.
You'll find them in the ByWard Market where they were invented in 1978, with a variety of fillings: cinnamon, sugar, chocolate, banana, and candy. 

  • Many maple syrup cookies are made in stores around the city. 

  • The "Poutine" is a traditional preparation, composed of fries, cheese, and a creamy sauce on top.

The best place to find what you want to take home is undoubtedly the Byward Market area. 
Dozens of stalls await you, with a little bit of everything: plants, fruits, and vegetables, but also beautiful crafts.
Nearby stores with fashion items allow those with a bigger budget to buy some nice pieces.

 In another genre, you can take home the famous maple syrup, which will be a perfect accompaniment to the pancakes you will try to make when you get home.

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