The Ottawa of today is Canada's fourth-largest metropolis, with a population climbing just over one million. Its streets are full of high-tech industries, arts and cultural icons, and excellent places to eat, sleep, and enjoy the city. Unless you want to visit Ottawa for its snow-based sports and recreation, the best time to make a trip this Ontario city is between March and May.
Sightseeing in Ottawa
As the capitol of Canada, Ottawa offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities for both domestic and foreign travelers and vacationers. Consider spending a couple hours browsing the exquisite interior of the original Parliamentary Library located on Parliament Hill, overlooking the Ottawa River. There are a variety of walking tours designed to introduce you to different nuances of Ottawa. A more specific example of one is the The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, a tour focusing on the capitol's more infamous haunts and its darker history.
The city boasts of 29 excellent museums that tailor to a whole range of interest. This includes the Canadian Museum of Civilization, a museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the human history and cultural diversity of Canada, and the National Gallery of Canada, the country's premier art gallery with a collection of Canadian, American, European, and other art.
Enjoying the outdoors
Ottawa has a great love for the outdoors. The city and its surrounding neighborhoods boast over 170 km of public paved paths designed for runners, bicyclists, walkers, and rollerbladers. Consider a visit to Gatineau Park, a 20 minute drive from downtown Ottawa. This amazing park is called the outdoor playground for Canada's National Capitol Region and includes outdoor recreation activities like skiing, canoeing, rock-climbing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, wildlife watching, and more. During the winter, go skating at the Rideau canal, the world's largest outdoor skating rink.
In 1857, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital of the dominion which was to become Canada. However, it is likely she didn't fully comprehend then just how severe the winters get in this northern city. During the peak of winter, ice, sleet, and snow would regularly close Ottawa off to the rest of the country and the world. But the 10,000 Ottawans quickly learned to turn the isolation of winter into celebration. They created city-wide sleigh parties, ice-skating, organized curling leagues and competitions, and much more. Today, these early traditions have evolved into North America's biggest winter festival, Winterlude.
The Gatineau-Ottawa regions have so much to offer. Only 5 minutes away, visit Parliament Hill, the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History. The Nordik Spa, the largest spa in North America is a must!
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Located with direct access to Highway 417, the hotel puts guests minutes from the Canadian Tire Centre, the Bayshore Shopping Centre and Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport. Besides a convenient location in west Ottawa, this hotel's modern accommodations and amenities are sure to exceed your expectations. Enjoy perks like free Wi-Fi access and the free, hot breakfast bar.