Sunset at the Ottawa Airport. Photo by Catalina Bloch.
Ottawa Tourism Guide
Perhaps you're a tourist who wants to visit Ottawa's great museums, like the National Gallery or the Museum of Civilization. Or maybe you're the type who'd prefer to hike in the Gatineau Hills, or ride a bike along the Rideau Canal. Whether it's an itenerary for a day trip, or planning for an extended vacation, our Tourism Guide will get you started.
Whether you’re looking for tours in Ottawa or resorts on a tropical island, let the travel experts help you find the best vacation deals.
- Beacon Hill Motel
Hill Just 10 km from Ottawa city centre, this motel offers flexible check-in and free local calls in all rooms. A 27-inch cable TV is provided in all rooms at Beacon Hill Motel. Rooms are equipped with windows that open as well as individual climate control or central air conditioning and heating. Free parking is available at the front door of each guest room and 24 hour reception. Parliament Buildings, downtown, and tourist areas are 10 min away
Make your reservation at one of dozens of hotels in the Ottawa area. Hotels in Downtown, Gatineau, Kanata and the surrounding area.
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- Ottawa Tourism
The official Ottawa travel web site and guide to Canada's Capital Region.
- Ottawa Convention
Ottawa's new convention centre opens in 2011 and will be Canada's premier conference, trade show and event facility, in the middle of downtown Ottawa.
- Ottawa Airport (includes arrival & departure information)
- Park'nFly Airport Parking
- Ottawa-Montreal Airport Shuttle
- Via Rail
- Greyhound Buses
- Car rentals
- Taxis & Limos
- OC Transpo (public transit)
- Driving Conditions (local & highway)
A great web site listing accessibility services for disabled travellers and those traveling with children in the Ottawa area.
Hotels and Accomodations
- Please visit our Ottawa Hotels Guide...
- Please visit our Museums Guide...
- See also: Ottawa Events Guide...
- See also: Ottawa Festivals Guide...
- See also: Ottawa Kids Guide...
- Aboriginal Experiences
- Agritourism Ottawa
- Byward Market
- Canada Day...
- Cannamore Orchard (near Embrun)
- Casino du Lac Leamy (Casino de Hull)
- Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light / (fireworks)
- Changing of the Guard
Ontario Ghost Towns
Here's an idea for a weekend getaway: explore Eastern Ontario's ghost towns. This site features photos and information about dozens of abandoned towns in Ontario and across Canada.
- Gatineau Park
- Governor General's Rideau Hall
A protected area of forest, rivers and greenspace surrounding the city with lots of recreation and nature activities.
- Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train
- Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
- Mosaika - Sound & Light show on Parliament Hill
- National Arts Centre
- Ottawa's Countryside
- Papanack Park Zoo (east of Orleans)
- Parc Safari (Hemmingford, Quebec)
- Parliament Hill
- Prehistoric World (Morrisburg, Ontario)
- Rideau Canal
- Rideau Carleton Raceway Slots
- Royal Canadian Mint
- Saunders Farm
- Canadian Tire Centre (formerly Scotiabank Place)
- Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm
- StreetsmArt (PDF guide to public art)
- St. Raphael's Ruins
In 1970 a fire consumed the church of St. Raphael's, one of the earliest Roman Catholic churches in English-speaking Canada. The outer walls were spared and today its impressive scale and fine masonry work make it a popular tourist attraction.
- Supreme Court of Canada
- Upper Canada Village (near Morrisburg, Ontario)
- War Memorial
- Watson's Mill
- See also our Ottawa Museums Guide...
- For more ideas for activities with kids, visit our Ottawa Kids Guide...
- Amphibus (Lady Dive)
- Escape Tours
- Gray Line Tours
- Haunted Walks of Canada
- Heli-Tremblant (helicopter tours)
- Inside Guide to Ottawa
- Ottawa Boat Cruise
- Ottawa Rickshaws
- Wilderness Tours (Ottawa River)
- Almonte, Ontario
- Lanark County, Ontario
- Ottawa's Countryside
- Perth, Ontario
- Petawawa, Ontario
- Smith Falls, Ontario
- Vankleek Hill "Gingerbread Capital of Ontario"
- Wakefield, Quebec
- Westport, Ontario
- TDC's Farmgate (rural areas)
Hot air balloons
Travel Agents / Trip planning
- Captain Sandy's Cruise Holidays and Travel
- Destination Anywhere
- Executive Worldwide Travel
- Family Travel Scoop
- Green Motion Travel
- My Green Sneakers
- Ottawa Vacations
- Sheila Gallant-Halloran
- Walk The Arts
Books & Guides
Recent blog posts about attractions and tourism in Ottawa.
The Unknown City
by rob mclennan
Ottawa may be our capital city but it's also a place of contradictions—the official version offers numerous, beneficent historic sites, institutions, museums, and galleries, but there are other stories to be told. In this latest edition of Arsenal's Unknown City series of alternativecity guides for both locals and tourists, Ottawa comes alive as a diverse, quirky town that may look like a government city on the surface but boasts a small-town charm. The book charts a course through the city's hidden landmarks, shopping, dining, and nightlife hot spots, as well as secret histories that will come as a surprise even to life-long locals.
Ottawa by Laura Byrne Paquet. Secret Ottawa reveals
a side of the capital that most visitors-and many locals-never
see. Find out where you can spot a blue heron at sunrise, eat
Sri Lankan string hoppers, buy armour or angels, or work out at
3:00 a.m. From cycling to sundials, and waterfalls to wine, Secret
Ottawa is your guide to the city's hidden treasures.
Ottawa by Louise Dearden. Covers everything Ottawa
has to offer, including visual and performing arts, historic monuments,
and world-class outdoor sports and recreation.
Walks: Walking Tours of Ottawa by Katharine Fletcher.
with Kids by James Hale. The complete family travel
guide to attractions, sites and events in Ottawa.
Lobster kids' guide to exploring Ottawa-Hull by John
Symon. Whether you're a parent, an educator or a tourist, if you're
caring for children between the ages of 1-12, this book is the
perfect answer. More than 100 suggestions for fun-filled family
activities in the National Capital Region.
Ottawa with Kids by Louise Dearden. Reveals the most
fun and educational experiences for kids in Canada's capital.
It's full of incredibly detailed tips - right down to which hotels
offer cribs and rollaway beds and which restaurants offer high
Hike It Bike It Walk It Drive It Guide: to Ottawa, the Gatineau,
Kingston & Beyond by Ann Campbell. Features a
variety of outdoor daytrips in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.
Contains maps, directions, up-to-date info and contact phone numbers.
A colourguide by Carol Martin. Museums, festivals,
Parliament Hill, accomodation, heritage sites, dining, recreation,
- More Ottawa travel books...
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