Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is a cosmopolitan city that can be experienced in a variety of ways in every season. From vast, luscious green spaces that are hubs for physical activity in the warmer weather months, to more than 800 kilometres (497 miles) of scenic bike paths, to the tranquil Rideau Canal waterway that turns into the world’s largest skating rink when frozen in the winter, how you choose to experience Ottawa is really up to you.
If history and culture are what you’re after, the city does not disappoint. As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to several national museums that allow visitors to see some of the best art in the world, to learn about Canada’s military history, Aboriginal community and even learn about the young nation’s contributions to the world of flight. Ottawa is also a pedestrian-friendly city, in which some of the country’s best cultural attractions are within a short 20-minute walk from many downtown area hotels!
If outdoor adventure is what you’re after, we have that too. In the summer, the Ottawa region is one of the world’s premier whitewater rafting destinations. It is also home to the highest bungee jumping tower in North America, which stands at a knee-rattling 61 metres (200 feet). In the winter, you’ll find several ski hills within a 40-minute drive of Ottawa’s downtown core as well as the expansive Gatineau Park, which offers an extensive network of snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails in the winter and scenic hiking trails in the summer.
After all of your adventures you’ll be hungry and Ottawa’s culinary scene is not to be missed. Head out to enjoy a meal at one of its many award-winning restaurants.
Whatever your mood might be, Ottawa will have a scene for you. Discover it!