Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Outstanding Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada’s elegant capital, is a hub of culture, gastronomy, and heritage. This friendly, hospitable city boasts world-class museums, a lively arts scene, and many historic sites of national importance—the perfect combination for a stimulating short break or as a base for exploring this lovely corner of southern Ontario. Whether you’re traveling in a romantic twosome or with the whole family in tow, it’s easy to find the perfect fit from a wide choice of Ottawa vacation rentals. Downtown apartments deliver culture and cuisine to your door, while riverside villas offer space and tranquility just a stone’s throw from the main sights.

Ottawa on the move

If it’s your first visit to Ottawa, a bus tour will help you get your bearings. Hop-on, hop-off routes are a great way to familiarize yourself with all the main attractions, then return at leisure to your favorites. For a truly authentic experience, you can even ride on a trolleybus dating from the turn of the 20th century, when many of the city’s most prominent public buildings were constructed. The iconic towers of Notre Dame Basilica, the grand royal residence of Rideau Hall, and the stables of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are highlights of the trip.

Discovering Canadian culture in Ottawa

The National Gallery of Canada houses one of the country’s most prestigious art collections in a landmark building with spectacular views of Parliament Hill. Canadian, native, and Inuit art form the backbone of the collection, along with European and American contemporary paintings and sculptures, including a number of famous works by Andy Warhol. The Canadian Museum of Nature showcases another side of the country’s heritage, with wide-ranging displays of native flora, fauna, and geology. The collection is housed in the historic Victoria Memorial Museum building, dating from the 1900s. Both museums are within pleasant strolling distance of Ottawa vacation rentals in downtown.

Ottawa sparkles in winter

Ontario winters can be bitterly cold, but Ottawans turn the snow and ice to their advantage by strapping on their skates and heading for the Rideau canal. The city stretch of this scenic waterway is transformed into a giant skating rink, typically from January through March, depending on the weather. As the centerpiece of the annual Winterlude festival, it’s become one of Ottawa’s most popular visitor attractions. During this busy season, you’ll need to book early for Ottawa vacation rentals that offer the chill-beating bonus of their own sauna and steam room.

Discover the Ottawa River

Ottawa benefits from a picturesque location on the south bank of the Ottawa River, which marks the boundary between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. This tributary of the mighty St. Lawrence River flows through deciduous forests of maple, beech, and oak, which come together in a riot of color each fall. The wetlands that line its banks are important sites of biodiversity, supporting many rare plants. Andrew Haydon Park offers a chance to enjoy the tranquil natural beauty of the river in the lively company of Canada geese, without straying far from your Ottawa vacation rental.