Canada’s capital is located in a valley along the Ottawa River in the province of Ontario, close to the American border.
Ottawa is the country’s fourth-largest city and attracts more than 7 million visitors each year.
Come to Ottawa to celebrate its quality of life, to explore its waterways and to enjoy its many cultural attractions.
This modern centre for technology and science still has a deep appreciation for ceremony and history.
Often thought of as a winter destination, this city comes to life during the warmer months when locals enjoy the pop-up terraces on the waterfront and have outdoor meals in culinary districts such as Little Italy.
The 1827 Commissariat Building, now the Bytown Museum, is where Ottawa began.
It was built as the depot for the British engineers who set out to construct the Ottawa locks, under the supervision of colonel John By.
Bytown became Ottawa in 1855 and was made the seat of government soon after.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is the living proof that this Green City loves fresh produce. Learn about growing your own food, meet the animals and check out the machinery in this working farm in the heart of the city.
Before you leave the park, have lunch in the Tearoom of the MacKenzie King Estate, the historic summer retreat of Canada’s longest serving prime minister. As the second-largest country in the world, Canada has everything from snowcapped mountains to lush valleys and more wilderness than you can explore in a lifetime.
And as the capital of all of this, Ottawa offers just a taste of what is to come.