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Try a walking tour of Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Thursday, 03 May 2012 16:49
Now that the weather is warming up and spring has come to Canada's capital, many residents and visitors are hitting the streets to soak up some sunshine. This means that travellers are no longer confined to museums and indoor attractions, and can venture outside to admire the urban landscapes while taking walking tours of Ottawa.
This can be done by either setting out on a stroll with no itinerary or taking one of the guided excursions offered by several knowledgeable organizations in the area. Since the city is fairly large, travellers may wish to start by taking one of the planned walks and then going back to their favourite locations for further exploration.
Many individuals will start at one of the well-known landmarks in Ottawa on their tour. For instance, one iconic place to begin a walking trip with an organized group is Parliament Hill. As one of the most recognized parts of Canada's capital, guests to the area can admire the massive building and see the other surrounding sights. Classically, trips from the governmental building take roughly two hours to get a good sense of one's surroundings. Other things to see along the route include the Supreme Court building, the National War Memorial, Major's Hill Park and the Chateau Laurier.
From these points of interest, guests in Ottawa can easily reach the scenic pathways along the Rideau Canal. Some of the most beautiful places in the city are located along the waterway, which can be enjoyed year-round as a social hub and place to take great photographs.
Travellers who wish to continue their jaunt around the city can venture to Byward Market, which was designed as a walker's paradise, offering countless shops, entertainment options and restaurants. Almost always bustling with tourists, locals and street performers, this area of Ottawa can keep travellers busy all day as they sample delicious cuisine, see live music or peruse the historical buildings along the street.
There are many other ways to see the city by foot and check out all the wonderful things to see and do in Ottawa. Travellers can also try a stroll along Sussex Drive and Lowertown, passing by The Royal Canadian Mint, Notre Dame Cathedral and Nepean Point.