Ottawa and Countryside

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.

Map of Ottawa and Countryside

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

Visit a farmers’ market

The Ottawa region is known for its many farmers’ markets. Find seasonal produce at the ByWard Market in downtown Ottawa, Stittsville’s Market at the Barn or Kanata Farmers’ Market.

Tour Parliament Hill

Looking for free things to do in Ottawa? Book your spot and take a tour of Parliament Hill, the seat of Canada's government. Tours are available year-round in both English and French.

Cruise the Ottawa River

Slow down with a cruise along the Ottawa River or Rideau Canal and explore the region by water. Various providers offer tours with different lengths, starting points and drop-offs.

Explore regional history

Venture four stories underground to see Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, learn about Francophone culture at Muséo Parc Vanier or see the ruins of Pinhey’s Point Historic Site along the Ottawa River.

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.

Sample craft beers

From Orléans to Kanata, the Ottawa region is home to numerous craft breweries worth discovering. Try Dominion City, Ridge Rock Brewing or Covered Bridge Brewing in Stittsville.

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

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