Ottawa is the capital of Canada and as a city, Ottawa is a traveler’s paradise. Situated at the middle of three gushing rivers, the rolling Gatineau hills create a picturesque background and distinct districts each offer their own wonderful flavors. The main attraction in the city is its wide assortment of world-class museums, ranging from the super modern to the historic.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Canada then the best time to visit Ottawa is between March and May, when temperatures begin to rise and the city starts to bloom. This is also when some of the capital’s favorite special events – including the beloved Tulip Festival – take place.
Top Places to Visit in Ottawa
1. Parliament Hills
Possibly the most attractive site in the city and the country’s nexus of political activity. The complex of copper-topped towers is especially stunning on a sunny day, and the iconic Peace Tower is the city’s tallest structure. Visitors are welcome to explore the gorgeous library, decorated with intricate wrought iron and wood carvings, and may stop by the Senate and Commons during regular sessions. On Fridays, the House of Commons hosts a question period that is particularly exciting and popular.
2. National Gallery of Canada
One of the best museum of Canada and the world’s largest collection of Canadian and Inuit art is on display in the striking pink granite and glass building, one of the area’s greatest architectural gems. The chronological displays take visitors through the nation’s history, from ancient times through today. There are also pleasing galleries of art from the United States and Europe.
3. Canadian Museum of Civilization
Must-see museum having the spectacular range of exhibits documents the country’s history through simulated environments and towns and hands-on exhibits detailing the different cultures that call Canada home.
4. Canada Science and Technology Museum
Visit the Canada Science and Technology Museum to learn and get entertainment. The interactive exhibits engage all of the sense while teaching visitors about gravity, time, the laws of physics, optical illusions and more.
5. Aboriginal Village
The intriguing replica of a native encampment takes about an hour to see, and visitors can also learn about traditional handicrafts, taste authentic cuisine and watch native dance performances.
6. The Notre Dame Cathedral
The oldest church in Ottawa and easily one of the most beautiful. Built in 1841, the tin-topped church contains many idiosyncratic features, such as ornate wood carvings and an indigo ceiling dotted with shining stars.
7. Victorian Home
Two prime ministers once lived at the Laurier House, now a national historic site. Constructed in 1878, the Victorian home is elegantly furnished and contains displays of possessions from both politicos. The top floor study is especially enchanting. The knowledgeable guides are happy to escort visitors through the home, and it is best to explore it in the mornings before the tour buses arrive.
Other sites worth seeing in Ottawa include the RCMP Musical Ride Center, Rideau Hal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Library and National Archives of Canada, Canada Agricultural Museum, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Currency Museum. the Prime Minister’s house and the Royal Canadian Mint.