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Ottawa Travel Guide

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City Introduction

Ottawa is Canada’s capital and it is located in Ontario on the border between English-speaking and French-speaking Canada. Thus, on the opposite bank of the Ottawa River is the town of Gatineau, which is part of the metropolitan area surrounding the capital.

In Ottawa there are many sights, and of course the Canadian government buildings are among the best known. The main building on Parliament Hill is the so-called Center Block, which stands in neo-Gothic architecture, that is clearly seen inside, for example, in the Confederation Hall and in the Hall of Honor.

A visit to Ottawa also offers prestigious national museums where you can get acquainted with art, culture and history. You should also go walking in the Marché By / ByWard Market neighborhood, which is equal to relaxation, activities, shopping and gastronomic experiences.

There are many recreational opportunities in Ottawa and in the surrounding area. You can, for example, go boating on the Canal Rideau and the Ottawa River, and enjoy walks in the city parks like at Dow’s Lake. The excursion possibilities out of town are many as well and can, for example, go to the large city of Montréal.

Top Attractions

Parliament Buildings, Ottawa

  • Parliament Buildings/Édifices du Parliament: Ottawa’s Parliament buildings are built from 1867 and are clearly inspired by the British New Gothic style of construction. The buildings, elevated on Parliament Hill, are the city’s landmarks as well as the political centre of Canada.
  • Rideau Hall: Rideau Hall is the Governor General of Canada’s official residence. The house was built in 1838 as the residence of Scottish Thomas McKay. Following Queen Victoria’s choice of Ottawa as the Canadian capital, the site was turned into the monarch’s residence when visiting the city.

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

  • National Gallery of Canada/Musée des beaux-arts du Canada: This art museum is one of the country’s foremost. The interesting building was constructed in 1988 in glass and granite by Moshe Safdie. The museum’s collection consists mainly of works by Canadian artists.
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization/Musée Canadien des Civilizations: The museum building of this Museum of Canadian Civilization History is well worth a visit. Architect Douglas Cardinal has been inspired by Canada’s nature when designing it.

Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

  • Château Laurier: The large Château Laurier is a well-located neo-Gothic castle-style hotel that opened opposite the Parliament buildings in 1912. The hotel opened as one of Canada’s many beautiful railway hotels and was connected to the then Union Station by a tunnel. The Château Laurier remains a luxury hotel.

Other Attractions

Rideau Canal, Ottawa

  • Rideau Canal/Canal Rideau: This is a 202-kilometer/126 miles canal connecting Ottawa by waterway with Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River. The canal can be seen in Ottawa, and its sluice system is the oldest, still used in North America.
  • ByWard Market/Marché By: This is a shopping and entertainment district in Ottawa, popular with locals and tourists alike. There are market halls and also lively activity in George, York, ByWard and William Street.

Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa

  • Canadian Museum of History/Musée canadien de l’histoire: This is Canada’s National Museum of Human History with a natural focus on Canadian culture and history. There are many exciting themes and interesting effects in the exhibitions.
  • Ottawa City Hall/Hôtel de ville d’Ottawa: Ottawa’s town hall, which consists of a combination of a 19th-century wing and modern extensions. The old part is the interesting one; it was built as the seminary Ottawa Normal School in 1874.

National War Memorial, Ottawa

  • National War Memorial/Monument commémoratif de guerre: This is a memorial built in 1939 to commemorate fallen in World War I. Since then, it has also been dedicated fallen in other wars, where Canadian soldiers have participated.
  • Senate of Canada Building/Édifice du Sénat du Canada: The Senate of Canada is located in Ottawa’s former Central Station, which has been called both Central Station and Union Station. It was built in beaux-arts style with inspiration from Caracallas Baths in Rome. Many events have taken place here, such as a G20 meeting.

Day Trips

Montreal, Canada

  • Montreal:  Montreal is the largest French-speaking city in Canada, and there are many sights to see. You will find everything from lovely parks to heritage buildings from the 1600s to today’s modern metropolis with many highlights.

Chateau Frontenac, Quebec

  • Québec:  The city of Québec is the capital of the province of Québec and it is easily reached from Montreal. Quebec offers an old city center with preserved fortifications and the famous railway hotel, Château Frontenac, at the top of the skyline.

Shopping

With Kids

  • Reptiles: Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, 5305 Bank Street Highway 31, Gloucester, www.raysreptiles.com
  • Natural Sciences: Musée Canadien de la Nature / Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, www.nature.ca
  • Aviation and Aviation: Musée de l’aviation du Canada / Canada Aviation Museum, 11 Aviation Parkway, www.aviation.nmstc.ca
  • Science: Musée National Sciences & Technologie / National Museum Science & Technology, 1867 St Laure nt Blvd, www.science-tech.nmstc.ca
  • Zoo: Papanack Park Zoo, 150 County Road 19, Wend, www.papanack.com

City History

Ottawa in the state of Ontario is Canada’s capital, and the city offers some great experiences of historical, contemporary and national significance to the entire country. 

The first European settlement occurred in the year 1800, when Philemon Wright founded a small community. The area’s development boomed almost immediately, as the site was good for transporting timber by river to Montreal.

The government motivated immigrants to settle in the growing city, and commercially, the city continued to advance through the opening of the Rideau Canal to Lake Ontario in 1932. During the same period, the city was named Bytown, it was not until the 1850s that it was officially named the name Ottawa.

The British Queen Victoria was to designate a capital of the British Canadian province in 1857, and the election fell on that relatively small and insignificant Ottawa at the time, not least because it lay on the Quebec-Ontario border and thus on the border between the French and the English part of the province.

The government building, university and prestigious museums are some of the many buildings that have since been erected, and the city is now one of Canada’s largest urban areas with a real metropolitan atmosphere.

Geolocation

In short

Parliament, Ottawa, Canada

Overview of Ottawa

Ottawa is Canada’s capital and it is located in Ontario on the border between English-speaking and French-speaking Canada. Thus, on the opposite bank of the river is the town of Gatineau, which is part of the metropolitan area surrounding the capital.

 

In the cpaital there are many sights, and of course the Canadian government buildings are among the best known. The main building on Parliament Hill is the so-called Center Block, which stands in neo-Gothic architecture, that is clearly seen inside, for example, in the Confederation Hall and in the Hall of Honor.

 

About the upcoming Ottawa travel guide

  • Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
  • Published: Released soon
  • Author: Stig Albeck
  • Publisher: Vamados.com
  • Language: English

 

About the travel guide

The Ottawa travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the Canadian city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

 

Ottawa is waiting for you, and at vamados.com you can also find cheap flights and great deals on hotels for your trip. You just select your travel dates and then you get flight and accommodation suggestions in and around the city.

 

Read more about Ottawa and Canada

 

Buy the travel guide

Click the “Add to Cart” button to purchase the travel guide. After that you will come to the payment, where you enter the purchase and payment information. Upon payment of the travel guide, you will immediately receive a receipt with a link to download your purchase. You can download the travel guide immediately or use the download link in the email later.

 

Use the travel guide

When you buy the travel guide to Ottawa you get the book online so you can have it on your phone, tablet or computer – and of course you can choose to print it. Use the maps and tour suggestions and you will have a good and content-rich journey.

Rideau Hall • Fine Museums • Parliament Buildings • Ottawa River

Parliament, Ottawa, Canada

Overview of Ottawa

Ottawa is Canada’s capital and it is located in Ontario on the border between English-speaking and French-speaking Canada. Thus, on the opposite bank of the river is the town of Gatineau, which is part of the metropolitan area surrounding the capital.

 

In the cpaital there are many sights, and of course the Canadian government buildings are among the best known. The main building on Parliament Hill is the so-called Center Block, which stands in neo-Gothic architecture, that is clearly seen inside, for example, in the Confederation Hall and in the Hall of Honor.

 

About the upcoming Ottawa travel guide

  • Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
  • Published: Released soon
  • Author: Stig Albeck
  • Publisher: Vamados.com
  • Language: English

 

About the travel guide

The Ottawa travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the Canadian city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

 

Ottawa is waiting for you, and at vamados.com you can also find cheap flights and great deals on hotels for your trip. You just select your travel dates and then you get flight and accommodation suggestions in and around the city.

 

Read more about Ottawa and Canada

 

Buy the travel guide

Click the “Add to Cart” button to purchase the travel guide. After that you will come to the payment, where you enter the purchase and payment information. Upon payment of the travel guide, you will immediately receive a receipt with a link to download your purchase. You can download the travel guide immediately or use the download link in the email later.

 

Use the travel guide

When you buy the travel guide to Ottawa you get the book online so you can have it on your phone, tablet or computer – and of course you can choose to print it. Use the maps and tour suggestions and you will have a good and content-rich journey.

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Other Attractions

Rideau Canal, Ottawa

  • Rideau Canal/Canal Rideau: This is a 202-kilometer/126 miles canal connecting Ottawa by waterway with Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River. The canal can be seen in Ottawa, and its sluice system is the oldest, still used in North America.
  • ByWard Market/Marché By: This is a shopping and entertainment district in Ottawa, popular with locals and tourists alike. There are market halls and also lively activity in George, York, ByWard and William Street.

Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa

  • Canadian Museum of History/Musée canadien de l’histoire: This is Canada’s National Museum of Human History with a natural focus on Canadian culture and history. There are many exciting themes and interesting effects in the exhibitions.
  • Ottawa City Hall/Hôtel de ville d’Ottawa: Ottawa’s town hall, which consists of a combination of a 19th-century wing and modern extensions. The old part is the interesting one; it was built as the seminary Ottawa Normal School in 1874.

National War Memorial, Ottawa

  • National War Memorial/Monument commémoratif de guerre: This is a memorial built in 1939 to commemorate fallen in World War I. Since then, it has also been dedicated fallen in other wars, where Canadian soldiers have participated.
  • Senate of Canada Building/Édifice du Sénat du Canada: The Senate of Canada is located in Ottawa’s former Central Station, which has been called both Central Station and Union Station. It was built in beaux-arts style with inspiration from Caracallas Baths in Rome. Many events have taken place here, such as a G20 meeting.

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