This multicultural national capital is located along the Ontario and Quebec border and is the fourth largest urban area in Canada. Situated on the banks of the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers; Ottawa is recognized for its rich culture and heritage, many government organizations, national institutions, world class shopping, waterways and historic architecture.
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Originally settled in 1800’s, Ottawa now offers a wide variety of activities and sightseeing options for any time of year and is home to 30 museums, 50 galleries and theaters; the Ottawa Senators, the city's professional hockey team; and numerous annual festivals and events.
Considered the perfect weekend getaway for a winter adventure! Each February, Canada’s Capital celebrates Winterlude, one of the biggest winter festivals in North America. This winter extravaganza is filled with excitement and activities for the entire family. Take a moment to discover the elaborate ice carvings, explore the majestic playground of snow and skate on the world’s largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal.
Experience The Canadian Tulip Festival, known to be the world's largest tulip festival, draws over half a million visitors each year. This major cultural event is held in Ottawa and Gatineau, Canada throughout the blooming month of May. Tulips can be found in flowerbeds all over town, with the most extensive gardens located in Commissioners Park on the edge of Dow’s Lake, featuring over three hundred thousand tulips.
Take your time and spend a few days visiting some of Ottawa’s main tourist attractions, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery of Canada, the historic Rideau Canal and Locks, the Supreme Court of Canada, Parliament Hill and the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony.
Discover Ottawa’s must see attraction, The Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was built between 1826 and 1832 to link the Ottawa River to Lake Ontario in Kingston continues to be used as an important trading and shipping route.
Explore Ottawa, one of the greatest cities in the world. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, this upbeat and happening city will welcome you with a wonderful array of activities and entertainment for everyone!