Ottawa Travel Guides

Ottawa spotlight

What to see and do in Ottawa – an overview of notable attractions and landmarks

Ottawa is a mix of cultural sites and outdoor attractions. From the museums that scatter the city to the iconic landmarks like Parliament Hill, this is a destination with substance. Browsing local markets or soaking up the great outdoors give you a flavor of life here as a local, while the nightlife can be as high brow, chilled out or as vibrant as you fancy it.

View full guide

Where to stay in Ottawa – a guide to your accommodation options

Ottawa hotels reflect the local marriage of cosmopolitan city offerings with a practical sensibility and economical pricing you might expect from a much smaller burg. One boon to cost-conscious families on holiday are the many hotels that offer suite-style rooms, perhaps a result of the city’s business travelers. Plus, rare for a major city, you’ll find plenty of individually owned bed and breakfasts, many of them in historic homes.

Where to shop in Ottawa – where to find the best shopping neighbouhoods

When you’ve had your fill of Ottawa’s high culture, the city’s shopping centers, boutiques and outlets make for a retail paradise. No shortage of shops offer Canadian and Ontario-themed mementos of your visit, from handicrafts to local specialty foods. It’s no doubt that Ottawans take shopping seriously, as a bustling marketplace is one major centrepiece of the city. Elsewhere, distinct neighbourhoods offer ample opportunity to chat with shopkeepers and soak up local history as you seek out bargains.

Search for Ottawa hotels