Ottawa Tourist Guide

Vacation in Ottawa, Canada

Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, has many things to offer to visitors including its museums and art centres that showcase the city’s rich and diverse culture, shopping centres and farmer’s markets, numerous festivals like the Cisco Ottawa Bluefest and Tulip Festival, and beautiful parks and recreational waterways.

Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, has been a popular tourist destination as it offers beautiful parks, centres of arts and culture, breathtaking landmarks, and numerous festivals that showcase the rich and diverse culture of the country.

List of Attractions in the City:

Byward Market

Located at a district in downtown Ottawa, this is the oldest operating farmer’s market in the country where people can buy from hundreds of open-air stalls which sell fresh produce, flowers, and other local products.

Just adjacent to the market lies the historic Lower Town where visitors can see the quaint buildings and structures which show the grandeur of the past.

Dow’s Lake

This is a small man-made lake which is the main venue for the Tulip Festival which is the largest of its kind with more than 500,000 local and foreign visitors.

During winter months, this lake turns into a skating rink, one of the largest and longest in the world. Because of its size, this place is also the main venue for the Winterlude Festival which is celebrated in February.

At the north end of the lake, there are two lovely restaurants and a pavilion where visitors can rent a canoe or boat during the summer months.

Rideau Canal

During the 1830s, this waterway was opened as a precaution in case a war will happen between the country and United States. Today, this canal is still used as a recreational waterway and most of its original structures have been preserved.

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

This is an annual outdoor music festival which takes place every July in downtown Ottawa and offers live performances that are mainly focused on blues. But recently, the festival has showcased other music genres including rock and mainstream pop.

National Arts Centre

Located between Elgin Street and Rideau Canal, the art center offers live performances like ballet, contemporary dances, and musical shows.

Canada Science and Technology Museum

This museum, established in 1967 as a centennial project of the government, has been showcasing interactive exhibits that explain how the technological advancement has been constantly changing the Canadian society.

Dominion Arboretum

Located at the Central Experimental Farm of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa, this park is teaming with thousands of species of shrubs and trees. Meanwhile, this arboretum (collection of trees), is open to the public free of charge.

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