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Whether you visit for a few days or a few weeks, Ottawa is a special place that you will remember long after you head home.

It's an area of Ottawa - Southeastern Ontario that roughly 800,000 people reside in.

Exploring Parliament Hill and the National Gallery of Canada is a great way to get started in this famous destination.

Leave the grown-up world behind for a while and throw yourself into a world of enchantment at the Saunders Farm and Midway Family Fun Park. Tag Zone - Indoor Paintless Paintball and Laser Quest are also great places to visit if you're looking for more ways to keep little ones busy.

At the Maplelawn Garden, you'll be able to see a wide range of fascinating botanical displays.

Pack a picnic hamper and take some time out in the peaceful, green surroundings of Brewer Park and Strathcona Park. Confederation Park and Andrew Haydon Park are two more nice places to while away the afternoon over a good book.

A stop at Capital Information Kiosk is one way to find some local information about the area.

Look out over the churning waters of Princess Louise Falls and Hog's Back Falls. If the river is really flowing, it might be a good idea to bring an umbrella!

Fill your lungs with refreshingly clean air and experience nature's splendor at Commissioners Park and Fitzroy Provincial Park. Your mind, body and soul will be grateful for taking a break at Ottawa River Parkway.

Spend a day or two exploring some of the varied exhibition spaces in the area. The Canadian War Museum and the Watson's Mill offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to keep you captivated. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum are also worth looking at.

Think about spending an afternoon at the National Museum of Science and Technology to broaden your knowledge on scientific innovations and the natural environment.

The preserved specimens at the Museum of Nature aren't just fun to look at. They also play an important role in helping us understand the world we live in.

This place is a wonderful location for art enthusiasts. Take the time to visit the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Galerie SAW Gallery.

By shining a light on our history, the Bytown Museum and the Nepean Museum help prepare society for the future.

Step back through the ages with a visit to the University of Ottawa or Supreme Court of Canada, just two of the historical sites here. When it comes to days of old, there's always more to discover. The Royal Canadian Mint and Rideau Hall are two more insightful places to check out.

Gaze at the waters flowing under Alexandra Bridge, a captivating example of civil engineering.

The region's spiritual side can be experienced at Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica and Saint John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine. St Andrew's Church and the ISKCON Ottawa are two more popular holy sites.

Public squares are great places to feel the pulse of a city, and Confederation Square is certainly no exception.

Your vacation wouldn't be complete if you didn't organize a visit to Famous Five Monument, one of the area's most distinctive landmarks.

The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights was created as a physical testimony to Ottawa's history.

With the St Paul University, the Carleton University and the Algonquin College all in such close quarters, it's no wonder that this place is such a popular destination for young people. A stroll through any one of these campuses will be a rewarding experience for past, present and future students.

This area is known as a good shopping destination, so don't miss a fix of retail therapy while you are here. Find a hot deal, indulge a luxury purchase or just sit and watch the locals go by at Rideau Centre and St. Laurent Centre. You're also bound to be impressed with the massive range of items at Byward Market Square and Place D'Orleans Shopping Center.

Make reservations for the Centrepointe Theatre or Funhaven Entertainment Centre and enjoy some quality live entertainment. The Great Canadian Theatre Company is another beacon for the arts and entertainment community here.

After touring the major attractions in and around Ottawa, make time to visit a couple of its lesser-known gems. The Rideau Carleton Raceway and the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre are some possible options. Also, consider checking out the National Arts Centre and Millennium Sports Park if you can squeeze it in.

Guide to Exploring Ottawa

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The Business Inn

The Business Inn

180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa
of 5, from 3,071 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Centretown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chocolate Cove and University of Ottawa. Parliament Hill and National Gallery of Canada are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Albert At Bay Suite Hotel

Albert At Bay Suite Hotel

435 Albert St, Ottawa
of 5, from 3,126 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in downtown Ottawa, this all-suite hotel is 2 blocks from the Sparks Street Mall and 3 blocks from Parliament Hill; the Museum of Civilization and ByWard Market are both 10 blocks away.

Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

88 Albert St, Ottawa
of 5, from 3,485 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This downtown Ottawa hotel is 2 blocks from Parliament Hill; 1 block from the National Arts Centre; 5 blocks from Byward Market.

Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport

Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport

2400 Alert Road, Ottawa
of 5, from 1,450 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in South End, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Capital Golf Centre and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from South Keys Shopping Centre. Rideau Carleton Raceway and Hog's Back Falls are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa
of 5, from 512 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in ByWard Market, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Byward Market Square and National Gallery of Canada. Parliament Hill and University of Ottawa are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Lord Elgin Hotel

Lord Elgin Hotel

100 Elgin St, Ottawa
of 5, from 2,964 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated amid Elgin Street's restaurants and nightlife and 1 block from Rideau Canal, the landmark Lord Elgin Hotel is within 4 blocks of Parliament House and the Ottawa Shaw Centre.

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

130 Besserer St, Ottawa
of 5, from 2,031 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Les Suites Hotel, Ottawa is in the city centre, just steps from the Ottawa Convention Centre, Rideau Shopping Centre, and ByWard Market, and a short distance to Parliament Hill.

Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites

Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites

25 Cartier St, Ottawa
of 5, from 1,909 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The 11-story Embassy Hotel and Suites is located in the downtown area, one block from Rideau Canal and six blocks from Parliament Hill.

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