Ottawa Quick Facts
- Established: 1826
- Population: Approx. 1.25 million (Metro)
- Nickname: O-Town
- The Capital City of Canada
- The name Ottawa comes from the Algonquin word adawe – which means to trade.
Come to Canada’s cosmopolitan capital and find out why visitors rave about its beautiful natural backdrop, its architecture and cultural attractions. Ottawa also boasts popular landmarks, exhilarating outdoor activities, lovely theatres and at the same time it is a relaxed urban city with a charming countryside. Its people are welcoming, educated and have a great quality of living – among the best in the world. Travelling to Ottawa will introduce to you to a city that embraces the seasons, produces technological innovations and is proud of its history. Museums abound and the stupendous and unique canal system of the Rideau Canal is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not to be missed and is an enjoyable place to visit during the summer where you can boat or during the winter where you can ice skate on it; no wonder it is seen as the defining gem of the city. Apart from these Ottawa travel guide helps tourist to identify number of places to visit and travel across Ottawa.
You can also visit Parliament Hill, the home of Canada’s government and the centrepiece of Ottawa’s downtown landscape, in Gothic glory, to get an understanding of Canada’s history and its people. And while downtown, don’t miss the Peace Tower for a stunning bird’s eye view of Ottawa from the observation deck. The Canadian War Museum, regarded by many visitors as one of the finest museums in the world, is also a must-see with any ‘Capital’ tour. Other attractions are the National War Memorial, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Arboretum (with orchards and fields inside the city limits). While in town, stop by the Byward Market for casual food and shopping; you won’t be disappointed. This capital is a year-round destination and the public spaces and event ensure everyone is getting out and about during all seasons. Tours operate with day trips to nearby towns and a hop-on, hop-off bus is handy for getting around town. There are also numerous walking and bike tours to enjoy the built and natural environment of Ottawa. We recommend taking a guided tour of Ottawa to see more of what it has to offer.
Further afield check-out the breathtaking Gatineau Park famous for hiking, skiing and cycling and the To add some more fun and adventure to your trip, head to the Camp Fortune Aerial Experience for heart-pumping action, including a 200-feet bungee jump at the Great Canadian Bungee. That will be something to tell your friends about! Hog’s Back Falls are a great highlight not far from the city centre and the canals; and spend an easy day cycling or cross country skiing in the Greenbelt – great for families to embrace the outdoors. Check out our travel directory for Ottawa at the top of this page for more information to help with your stay, and learn about top universities, hotels and bed & breakfast options in the city.
Whether it’s simply biking like all the locals love to do, or walking or sightseeing, you will surely take home with you an unparalleled experience when visiting the nation’s capital.