Ottawa-Tourist-Guide - Destination Overview
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  • How to reach: By Flight
  • Season to Visit: High tourist month in Ottawa is February, owing to the Winterlude Festival which takes place mainly during the first 3 weeks of the month.

Ottawa Travel Guide

Stately, pleasant and culturally well endowed, Ottawa, the capital of Canada makes for a good introduction to the country's history, life and manners. Want to see how the Canadian Government works. Come to Ottawa, the seat of the executive, legislature and judiciary. Want to know what Canadians call doughnuts? Stop by at the "beavertails" stalls along the Rideau Canal in the city. What is Canadian art all about? Visit the National Gallery, Ottawa and find out more.

How to Get to Ottawa

  • How to Get to Ottawa by Air

Fly into Ottawa Airport on any major national or international airlines. The small and efficient airport is 20 minutes to the south of the city and is well connected by bus and taxi service. Consider hiring a car if you want to be free of public transit.

  • How to Get to Ottawa by Rail

VIA Rail Station has a service to and from Toronto and Montreal.

  • How to Get to Ottawa by Bus

It is possible to drive to Ottawa from the neighbouring cities and towns. The roads are good and the scenery great. The major bus services connect with other Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal, Kingston and Sudbury.

Where to Stay in Ottawa
Ottawa the capital city of Canada offers wide range of accommodations to suit the pockets of every traveller. 

  • Ottawa Downtown 

Since Ottawa Downtown is the most happening place in the whole city where all the action and attraction concentrated at one place thus it is the place to stay whether you are travelling for business or leisure as all the business district are all located at Ottawa Downtown 

  • The Lord Elgin Hotel 

The landmark hotel in Downtown Ottawa. Conveniently located in the centre of downtown Ottawa, this luxurious hotel is directly opposite to Confederation Park and the National Arts Centre.

Best Time to Visit Ottawa

The best time to visit Ottawa encompasses the end of spring, summer and autumn months of May to October as well as the month of February, which attracts many tourists due to the Winterlude Festival held during this month. Summer in Ottawa occurs between June to August, with the temperature ranging between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius during these months.The ideal time to visit Ottawa includes May, marking the end of spring, and also extends beyond summer into the autumn months of September to October, which witness falling temperatures, ranging between 13 to 20 degrees Celsius.The months of May to October are also filled with many festivals including the Canadian Tulip Festival (May), International Jazz Festival (July), Ottawa Folk Festival (August) and various others. Another good time to visit and high tourist month in Ottawa is February, owing to the Winterlude Festival which takes place mainly during the first 3 weeks of the month. 

Sightseeing in Ottawa

  • The major ones include the grandiose Supreme Court of Canada, striking Parliament Building with its Peace tower and clock, the Prime Minister's House and Rideau Hall, the Governor General's house. 
  • The Bytown Museum, the oldest building in the city is located where the original settlement of Bytown was first established. 
  • National Gallery building has a comprehensive art collection. You can view old and contemporary works by Canadian, European and American artists. 

Shopping in Ottawa
Antique lovers will rejoice in Ottawa -an entire district aptly named Antique District is crammed full of shops where you can spend hours finding some great buys -- a plate to match the one you have at home or perhaps, that missing cup to complete your vintage tea-set. Or perhaps pieces to start a whole new collection. Too tempting for words.Rummage through the craft shops and sniff your way through the amazing food shops offering cheeses, baked stuff and other delicious things at the Byward Market. You sure will have to pay excess baggage for all those goodies.

Eating Out in Ottawa

Tantalise your taste buds with some great world cuisine -- take your pick from Lebanese, Indian, Japanese, Italian, Ethiopian, Tex-Mex, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, and English food. You can also feast on some of the best street food in Canada -there are plenty of wagons selling hamburgers, fries and but naturally, beavertails (doughnuts).

Festivals and Events in Ottawa

You could also choose to see Ottawa in all her finery during one or the other festival in the city: February brings the wonderful Winterlude festival with its magnificent ice sculptures, May is time for the colorful Canadian Tulip Festival while all things French dominate during the June Le franco Festival. July and August are busy months what with the International Jazz festival (end July), the Central Canada Exhibition ( end August) and the Ottawa Folk Festival (end August). So, make a date with your calendar for the best time to visit Ottawa.

Ottawa Travel Information

  • What to Pack

Cycling gear, comfortable shoes, camera and fish tackle (if you like to fish).