Ottawa Points of Interest and Places to Visit


ByWard Market

4.5 star rating: Recommended 130 Reviews

Ottawa’s historic food-focused ByWard Market houses hundreds of vendors hawking farm-raised meat, fresh produce, and arts and crafts. Hungry visitors and ...  Read more

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Showcasing Canada’s aeronautical achievements, this large museum houses more than 130 aircraft. See a replica Silver Dart, the first airplane to fly in ...  Read more

Canadian War Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The Canadian War Museum tells the story of Canada’s past conflicts, how the country and its people were affected, and remembers the sacrifices made by those ...  Read more

National Gallery of Canada

4.5 star rating: Recommended 130 Reviews

Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, Ottawa’s glass-and-granite National Gallery of Canada showcases an exquisite art collection. As well as an ...  Read more

Ottawa Notre Dame Basilica (Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 130 Reviews

Dating back to the 1840s, Ottawa Notre Dame Basilica (Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame) is the oldest church in Canada’s capital. The Gothic Revival ...  Read more

Ottawa Parliament Hill

4.5 star rating: Recommended 130 Reviews

A concentrated cluster of grand government buildings overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is the centerpiece of Downtown Ottawa. At the heart of the ...  Read more

Canadian Museum of History

4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Previously known as the Canadian Museum of Civilization, this cutting-edge museum—just five minutes from downtown Ottawa—underwent a name change and a ...  Read more

Rideau Canal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Built between 1826 and 1832 to offer secure passage for British ships from Montreal, the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is an engineering ...  Read more

Gatineau Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Just across the river from downtown Ottawa, Gatineau Park—a 139-square-mile (361-square-kilometer) swath of lake and wood-dotted parkland—offers nature ...  Read more


4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Gatineau is a city of about 300,000 right across from Ottawa on the northern shores of the Ottawa River. While Gatineau belongs to Quebec and Ottawa to ...  Read more

Rideau Hall

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Rideau Hall is the residence of the Governor General of Canada, and because of the country’s status as a member of the Commonwealth, is also where the monarch ...  Read more

Confederation Square

Confederation Square is a triangular plaza wedged between Wellington Street and Elgin Street right in front of Parliament Hill. It is a planned urban space ...  Read more

Ottawa Little Italy

While it might be thousands of miles from Rome, the Little Italy neighborhood of Ottawa tastes about the same. Here, on the outskirts of Canada’s capital, ...  Read more

Ottawa Locks

The Ottawa Locks 1 to 8 regulate the flow of the city’s signature Rideau Canal as it flows south from the Ottawa River. The hand-cranked locks provide a ...  Read more

Royal Canadian Mint

Housed in a castle-like structure, Canada’s original mint no longer produces currency for circulation—that now happens at Winnipeg’s Royal Canadian Mint. ...  Read more

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