Things to do in Ottawa

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  • 1

    Parliament Hill

    26 reviews

    If you're into government (as an academic pursuit) or really cool architecture, this is a great place to enjoy both in Ottowa. The Canadian system of government has always fascinated me (as an American), so it was actually really neat to wander around this square and soak up the current political climate, as well as the awesome history of this ...

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  • 2

    Canal Rideau

    14 reviews

    Enjoyed both walking and cycling the canal. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip!

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  • 3

    ByWard Market

    12 reviews

    ByWard Market is the tourist trap hangout spot in Ottawa. This place has tens of restaurants, shopping, and outdoor things to buy, from maple syrup to clothing and everything in between. If the rest of Ottawa is fairly dead, this area is somewhat alive. Check it out.

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  • 4

    Gatineau Park

    11 reviews

    Simply super sites to see!!

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  • 5

    National Gallery of Canada

    12 reviews

    This is probably Canada's best art gallery. The collection is strong on Canadian artists and has some major Modern and contemporary works. Otherwise, it is pretty modest in its holdings. Unfortunately, it does not compare with the best museums in the United States which are older, bigger and have had more generous patrons.

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  • 6

    Peace Tower

    8 reviews


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  • 7

    Canadian War Museum

    7 reviews

    Nice museum, veterans and serving military get entry for free, also free parking, and a meal voucher.

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  • 8

    National Aviation Museum

    7 reviews

    The old planes are just awesome to see!!

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  • 9

    Notre Dame Basilica

    6 reviews

    Very nice architecture. There are times when you are not allowed to visit inside and you might see some weddings over there. Located right in the heart of the tourist district, the church is beautiful on the inside. I think I like the Basilica in Montreal/Quebec City more though.

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  • 10

    Canada Science and Technology Museum

    6 reviews

    The old trains and the way electricity works, the 1st phones and so much more.

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  • 11

    Rideau Falls

    7 reviews

    Great view of the Ottawa river. Watch the boats go by, walk to the Prime Minister house and Governer General grounds from here

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  • 12

    Major's Hill Park

    5 reviews

    National park in the heart of the city. Often free concerts, fairs, special events. Great place to watch fireworks.

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  • 13

    Canadian Museum of Nature

    4 reviews

    this is another lovely museum. but at one time. it was the victoria museum... i use to go when i was a small child. then later when my daughter was born i took her.. there is so much to see and learn. it's a great experience you don't want to miss. 5 star's :-D

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  • 14

    Nepean Point

    3 reviews
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  • 15

    Rideau Centre

    4 reviews

    One of the largest shopping centres in Ottawa and the hub of the bus system in the city.

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  • 16

    Sussex Drive

    3 reviews

    A great walk along the Ottawa River, check out the Prime Minister's house, Governor General, Embassy of France, Skiff school /Ottawa Rowing club, Chinese Embassy, Foreign Affairs and so much more. Continue to the Mint, the By-ward Market , Canal and take a boat ride along the Ottawa River or the Rideau Canal

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  • 17

    National Arts Centre

    3 reviews
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  • 18

    Supreme Court of Canada

    5 reviews

    Tours available.

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  • 19

    Alexandra Bridge

    3 reviews

    You will get a difference and nice view of the Parliament Building from the bridge. Going from one province to another by walking a bridge is also fun.

  • 20

    Hog's Back Park

    3 reviews

    I used to go fishing and swimming there.

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