Ottawa Region

Ottawa Region

You’ll find so many things to do in the Ottawa region. 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. Discover Francophone culture and cuisine. This region is as quintessentially Canadian as it gets.

Map of Ottawa region

Where is the Ottawa Region?

Located in southeastern Ontario, Ottawa sits directly across the Ottawa River from Gatineau, Quebec. 

As Canada’s capital region, the city is 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 the Ottawa Region

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.

Sample craft beer

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 the Ottawa Region

Discover cities, towns and other destinations within this region.

Points of interest in the Ottawa Region

Add these highlights to your next visit to the region. 

Last updated: April 22, 2024

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