Welcome to Canada’s capital, Ottawa – located in scenic Eastern Ontario at the junction of the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers, a one-hour drive north of the Canada and United States border. While you explore our city, you’ll quickly notice that there are many prominent buildings that serve not only as directional landmarks for you, but also as important markers of our history. The majestic buildings on Parliament Hill, for example, act as the centrepiece of Ottawa while representing the heart of the country’s democratic government. Likewise, the Rideau Canal is a brilliant waterway that cuts through Ottawa’s downtown core, and has nearly two centuries of stories to share.
Immerse yourself in Ottawa’s renowned cultural and historical institutions that offer a glimpse into everything from Canada’s social and military history to astounding natural wonders and world-class art! As you may know, a gift to each Canadian citizen during their first year of citizenship, the Institute of Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass provides complimentary admission to discover our rich cultural history, world-renowned artworks, historical figures and stunning parks.
There are many institutions for you to discover in Ottawa as well as in the city’s surrounding region. Institutions in Ottawa that are part of the Cultural Access Pass include:
- Bytown Museum
- Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
- Canada Aviation and Space Museum
- Canada Science and Technology Museum (Currently closed. To re-open in 2017.)
- Canadian Museum of History
- Canadian Museum of Nature
- Canadian War Museum
- Galerie SAW Gallery
- Laurier House, National Historic Site of Canada
- National Gallery of Canada
- Nepean Museum
- Ottawa Art Gallery
- Rideau Canal (Ottawa Locks)
Visiting Ottawa doesn’t have to cost a lot. Besides the affordable getaway packages —such as the Get to Know Your Canada package—there are many alternatives if you’re looking to save some money. No matter the season, there is always something to see and do in Ottawa. Check out these Free Or Nearly Free Ottawa activities for some ideas. Be sure to take a gander through our website and Events Calendar to see what else Ottawa has to offer. We’d love for you to visit us and explore Canada’s capital this fall!
See you soon!