Ottawa

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Canada’s gorgeous capital offers an array of galleries, museums, nature parks and historic sites, making it the perfect cultural and romantic escape.

Canada’s stylish capital, Ottawa, is a city rich in arts, heritage and sciences. The city blends ultra-modern and Victorian Gothic architecture, balances technology with nature and offers cuisines from across the globe.

Begin your stay with a trip to the historic Parliament Buildings on Parliament Hill. Visit the Library of Parliament and the iconic Peace Tower. These Gothic Revival buildings are adorned with gold-leaf ceilings and ornate images of Canada’s past. Explore Centre Block and listen to political debates in the House of Commons and the Senate. Continue your appreciation of Gothic Revival-style architecture at the Notre Dame Basilica, a Canadian National Historic Site. Admire the terraced galleries, stained-glass windows and altars rich in adornments.

The nation’s capital has plenty of galleries and museums to explore. Follow the history of modern warfare at the Canadian War Museum. Learn about the country’s place in the history of flight at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and marvel at how humans have developed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. See old art masters and learn about new ones while discovering Canada’s rich cultural heritage at the National Gallery of Canada.

Ottawa is a city for all seasons with winter snow activities and summer hikes. Discover heritage estates, natural beauty and the rich biodiversity of the popular Gatineau Park. In the summer, boat on the Rideau Canal, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. Skate on the canal in the winter when it transforms into the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink.

Ottawa is an easy city to navigate, with most of the attractions located within walking distance of each other. Check the opening hours of museums before you go since they can vary depending on the season and day of the week. Peak season is during the summer months from June through August and the low season is from November through April.

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Where to stay in Ottawa

The Business Inn
The Business Inn
2.5 out of 5
180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P0L3
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The price is $82 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
$82
per night
Jan 9 - Jan 10
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (3,143 reviews)
"Room was super clean! A great choice to stay with everything you need within walking distance!"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

The Business Inn
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ottawa Airport
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ottawa Airport
2.5 out of 5
135 Thad Johnson Private, Ottawa, ON, K1V-1A2
The price is $99 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$99
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,089 reviews)
"Everything was good"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ottawa Airport
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8S7
The price is $187 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
$187
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy 3 restaurants, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,565 reviews)
4 Day Stay
"Good: Breakfast Hostess was absolutely fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. A similar experience with the Concierge Staf Our server at our Saturday night dinner was also awesome!! Bad: Room was not ready upon arrival toilet paper is cheap and rough not indicative at all of the price point ..."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Cartier Place Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
180 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P2L5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,535 reviews)
"Good, but sadly had to pay for parking at the hotel"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON, K1N9M9
Stay at this 3.5-star ski aparthotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (3,109 reviews)
"I was upgraded to a two bedroom suite. Although I didn’t need it, it was a nice touch!"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Sonder The O'connor
Sonder The O'connor
3.5 out of 5
377 Rue O'Connor Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 2M2
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Museum of Nature and Elgin Street ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (64 reviews)
"No cable tv"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Sonder The O'connor
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Ottawa

Ottawa will give your leg muscles a workout. It’s small and, provided you visit in the warmer months, walking here is not just practical but delightful. Make longer journeys with the two local bus companies, OC Transpo and Société de transportation de l'Outaouais. Taxis and ride-sharing are popular too. For a speedier, but still healthy, alternative to walking, use the VeloGO bike share program. Visit the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario website.Browse Ottawa rental cars.

Best time to visit

Ottawa’s summer months are the most popular times to visit the city, and if you come then you will soon realize why. With daytime temperatures in the high 60s F and low to mid 70s F (20s C), a calendar packed with open-air festivals, and colorful flowers in full bloom, June through August is a beautiful time to see the city. But this does mean more competition for rooms and more crowds at attractions.

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