As the capital of Canada, Ottawa might be on some travelers bucket lists. It can be hard to know what to do in this government-centered city but it has its charm and the beauty that is Parliament Hill. With great restaurants, a ton of museums, and lots of hotels to choose from it is easy to pass a couple of days and fill them with Canadian culture. Here is your quick guide for what to see, where to stay, and what to eat.
What To See
No stopover in Ottawa would be complete without a visit to Parliament Hill where the famed House of Commons is. It is characterized by its Gothic architecture and the Ottawa River which flows behind it. If you are there in the spring and summer months, yoga on the hill is an activity that happens on Wednesdays which might just give you a glimpse of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau if you are lucky.
If you are there in the winter, you need to don your skates and head over to the Rideau Canal for some ice skating, beavertail treats (not actual beaver tails, but pastries in that shape) and some maple syrup treats. If museums are more your thing then you have to check out the amazing Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Canada, and the Canadian War Museum.
What To Eat
The ByWard Market is home to a variety of bistros, cafes, and bars. In the summer, the outdoor portion of the market is similar to that of a farmer’s market with fresh flowers, organic fruits and vegetables, and lots of souvenirs. Chez Lucien and Restaurant e18hteen are two excellent choices for seafood, steaks, and a good ole hamburger.
Where To Stay
As so many government officials role through here, and lots of tourists on there way to the province of Quebec there are a plethora of hotels to choose from at all price points. If you want the luxe stay head over to Hotel Chateau Laurier Fairmont which is directly across from Parliament Hill. If you are looking for something more mid-range but still within walking distance to everything the Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites provides all the amenities you might need. Take your time and explore the capital, then head over to Montreal for the francophone experience.