Ottawa and Countryside
You’ll find so many things to do in Ottawa and the countryside around it. From urban experiences including craft breweries and world-class art galleries to outdoor adventures like hiking, cycling or whitewater rafting, Canada’s capital region has it all.
The city is also home to Canada’s Parliament. See the grounds on a Parliament Hill tour and settle in for the iconic light show, an audiovisual journey of Canada’s history. Just east of the centre, discover Francophone culture and cuisine of Prescott-Russell, “Ottawa’s backyard.” This region is as quintessentially Canadian as it gets.
Where is Ottawa and Countryside?
Located in southeastern Ontario, Ottawa sits directly across the Ottawa River from Gatineau, Quebec. The United Counties of Prescott and Russell lie to the east of downtown nestled along the river's southern bank.
As Canada’s capital region, the city and adjacent countryside are well connected to the world via Ottawa International Airport and the VIA Rail train station. Accessible public transit is also available.
Things to do in Ottawa and Countryside
Tour Parliament Hill
Explore the natural surroundings
Bring your walking shoes and explore the Prescott-Russell Trail, a 72 kilometre multi-use trail starting in the Francophone town of St. Eugene and ending in Hammond, just outside of Ottawa.
Cities and towns in Ottawa and Countryside
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Points of interest in Ottawa and Countryside
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Last updated: July 26, 2023