Established as Canada’s capital in 1857, Ottawa has evolved into one of the country’s most vibrant and exciting cities. With a walkable downtown, great public transport and an abundance of parks, restaurants, museums, galleries and more, Ottawa is worth visiting year-round.
In the winter, Ottawa’s famous Rideau Canal is transformed into the world’s largest skating rink. Also on the must-see list is a tour of Parliament Hill, the centre of Canadian democracy. Free tours of the various buildings at the site are available year-round.
Where is Ottawa?
Ottawa is located in Southeastern Ontario directly across from Gatineau, Quebec. The city is roughly a 4.5 hour drive from Toronto, two hours from Montreal and under an hour from the Ogdensburg-Prescott U.S. border crossing.
Things to do in Ottawa
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Last updated: August 25, 2023