Destination guide

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.

Things to do

Grand government buildings and mesmerizing museums

You’ll find an eclectic array of attractions within reach of your Ottawa vacation rental. Top of the agenda for many visitors is Parliament Hill, the home of Canada’s government, and the cultural heart of the city. The central parliament building is an exquisite example of 19th-century Gothic Revival-style architecture, and you can join a guided tour to explore its equally intriguing interior. Directly across the river sits the Canadian Museum of History, among North America’s oldest and most prestigious cultural institutions. Its signature collection brings over 20,000 years of the country’s history to life.

Activities

Riverside reveries and year-round park life in Ottawa

The Ottawa River is an idyllic spot for a leisurely hike, a fishing expedition, or some adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting. A short drive from the city center, the lush, sprawling Gatineau Park is a spectacular natural playground where you can enjoy mountain biking and rock climbing in the warmer months, or thrilling cross-country skiing once the winter snow arrives. Winter also sees the city’s waterways freeze over, transforming them into giant open-air ice rinks. If that all sounds a little like hard work, you might prefer to browse the colorful stalls of bustling ByWard Market.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Ottawa

Fly into Ottawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Ogdensburg, NY (OGS-Ogdensburg Intl.), which is 52.1 mi (83.9 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Ottawa Station or Ottawa Fallowfield Station to see more of the city. It's easy to get around Ottawa by catching a ride on the metro at Bayview Station, Carling Station or Carleton Station.

Where to stay around Ottawa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 337 vacation rentals near Ottawa. From 20 Cottages to 153 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ottawa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ottawa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ottawa:

  • Downtown Ottawa: 134 vacation rentals
  • Centretown: 84 vacation rentals
  • Kanata: 306 vacation rentals
  • The Glebe: 52 vacation rentals
  • Sandy Hill: 89 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ottawa?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ottawa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica: 349 vacation rentals
  • Parliament Hill: 349 vacation rentals
  • Rideau Canal: 340 vacation rentals
  • Byward Market Square: 349 vacation rentals
  • Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute: 349 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ottawa listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Ottawa?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 20 Cottages in Ottawa. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ottawa include:

  • Houses: 153 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 133 rentals available
  • Cabins: 20 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ottawa?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 53 vacation rentals with pool available in Ottawa. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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