3 OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO
Welcome to Ottawa
Welcoming. Dynamic. Lively. Appealing. Open-minded. No, it’s not your partner, it’s Ottawa. The atmosphere of this city is a sum of all these features. Doesn’t it sound like the perfect place to be?
Ottawa is home to the gigantic Gothic Parliament buildings, world-class museums, shopping districts, top restaurants, and many other attractions. Two waterways cut through Ottawa: the Ottawa River in the north-western edge, and the Rideau Canal, connecting the capital to Lake Ontario.
Locals celebrate the coldest period of the year (from December to March) with awesome outdoor activities, festivals and ice sculptures: remember to wrap up warm as average temperatures are well below 0°C. You can always see people skating to work or school on the frozen canal. Surprising, isn’t it? Well, winter is a great time to visit the capital of Canada. And a great place to stay is Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill, perfect whether you’re coming to the city for fun or a culture fix. If this is what you have in mind (along with festivals and other fun activities), book now your winter holiday and save up to 35%.
Now, slip on some comfy shoes, go out and enjoy these three incredible places.
No city can show the grandeur of Canada more than Ottawa and its Parliament Hill, the cultural heart of the city. After being almost burnt to the ground during a fire in 1916, the Gothic-style Parliament buildings and its gargoyles and grotesque statues overlook the river atop a scenic hill. Nowadays the Hill is home to the federal government where international politicians debate over the future of the Country, but Canadians also love to earmark this place for the celebration of several national occasions, like Canada Day. Free guided tours are available all year round.
Take the elevator to the Tower’s observation deck to marvel at a 360-degree view of the city: if you forget your camera in your hotel room, this place will make you regret it. Now if you feel like you’re up for an interesting challenge, just try and find the Whispering Wall monument, one of Ottawa’s best-kept secrets: once you’ve found it, reach one end of the wall and just whisper. Any person at the other end will hear what you’re saying as if you were standing right next to them. Sounds a little bit creepy but you’re going to have so much fun.
ByWard Market is an old, charming and historic neighbourhood with plenty of bars, galleries, boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants. The market itself is one of the oldest and largest in the Country: back in the 19th century, French and Irish people who started working there, building taverns, hotels, and industrial sites and nowadays you can find museums, cafés, food shops, galleries, pubs and many other gathering places within four blocks.
Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it in ByWard: seasonal fresh produce in the farmer’s market, gourmet dining followed by pastries, a visit to the 24-hour diner; and in the evening, pubs and clubs, live music and DJs. Simply put, this neighbourhood is unique: so, if you want to feel like a local, just don’t forget to pay a visit to ByWard Market.
The Rideau Canal is probably Ottawa’s most famous outdoor attraction. Also known unofficially as the Rideau Waterway, it connects Ottawa to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River: no wonder it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
No matter the season, the Rideau Canal won’t disappoint you. In summer, the canal is an active waterway and you can easily hop on a boat, rent a canoe or a kayak: yes, just imagine the amazing pictures you’d take. If you’re not into a cruising experience, just rent a bike or stroll around and enjoy the breath-taking views from the pathways. In winter, the Rideau Canal freezes and becomes a large skating rink and a fantastic recreational area.