Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Ottawa is Canada’s constantly surprising capital

Sprawling along the south banks of the mighty Ottawa River, Canada’s dynamic capital city is culturally diverse, architecturally imposing, and warmly welcoming. With an array of Ottawa vacation rentals to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding a cozy, conveniently located home-away-from-home. On your doorstep, you’ll find an array of museums, housing everything from fine art, to wartime artifacts, to dinosaur skeletons. If the weather’s fine, you can enjoy leisurely strolls through picturesque parks, and al fresco evenings feasting on cuisine from whichever corner of the globe takes your fancy.

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’s 4 vibrant seasons

The peak summer season of June to August is the most popular time to visit Ottawa. Days are long and sunny, and temperatures are often gloriously warm. The local climate is humid, however, so rainfall is also common – be sure to pack an umbrella. Winters, in stark contrast, are very chilly, but that doesn’t dampen the locals’ spirits. It’s not uncommon to see commuters skating to work across the frozen Rideau Canal. If you’re visiting in spring or fall, the changing foliage puts on a spectacular show.

Ottawa is surrounded by natural beauty

Sitting at the confluence of 3 rivers, and broken up by countless green spaces, Ottawa strikes a compelling balance between urban excitement and bucolic charm. Within easy distance of your Ottawa vacation rental, there are expansive country parks where you might spot playful beavers, white-tailed deer, migrating hawks, or even a majestic black bear. Each fall, visitors flock from all over Canada and beyond to the local forests, to watch the leaves change from lush green to vibrant orange.