Ottawa - Canada's Beautiful Capital!

Ottawa - History, Culture, Art and Adventure!

The Rideau Canal near Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.Ottawa has been described as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world and a tourist's paradise. The City of Ottawa and Canada's Capital Region covers an area of 4,662 square kilometers and is unique in its history, geography and lifestyle.

Located at the junction of the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers, well serviced by air, bus and train and a mere hour's drive from both the US border and the 401 Highway, Ottawa is easily accessible.

When you travel to Ottawa, come prepared with a good pair of running shoes, lots of energy and time - there is so much to do and so much to see in this city of festivals. The Tulip Festival held over weekends in May heralds the coming of spring with numerous events and activities amidst riotous displays of tulips.

Winterlude Festivities on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.During Winterlude, a nine-day festival in February, Ottawa pays homage to the games and rites of winter with parades, fireworks, sleigh rides and snow sculptures as well as snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and speed skating competitions. The list of Ottawa's festivals and events is almost endless with the Franco-Ontarien Festival, Canada Day Celebrations, Jazz Festival and the Buskers Festival to name a just a few more.

A uniquely diverse region and home to over 100 Embassies and Diplomatic Missions, Ottawa's international flavour is apparent in the many languages, places of worship and variety of cuisine available. Canada is officially a bi-lingual country and both English and French cultures are celebrated and welcome people from across Canada and around the globe. Every year over 5 million visitors come to Ottawa. They come to visit the Parliament of Canada, see the Changing of the Guard and visit Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada. They tour Ottawa's world-class museums and galleries, take boat tours on the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River, explore and shop in the historic Byward Market, and in the winter skate on the longest skating rink in the world, the Rideau Canal!

A cart ride through the Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.For outdoor enthusiasts, Ottawa is a green city with over 150 km of recreational pathways, beautiful parks, numerous golf courses and even a working farm, The Experimental Farm, right in the middle of the city. There are walking, hiking, cycling and bus tours throughout the region and bike, canoe and kayak rentals are available.

Travel to Ottawa and have a truly capital experience!


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