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Ottawa
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The capital of Canada is a stylish city and a scenic getaway, with a diverse selection of art galleries, history museums and heritage sites.

Multicultural Ottawa is well known for its attractions that focus on science, history and the arts. The city’s mixed architecture tells the story of a Victorian political hub that transformed into a fashionable modern city set against the natural splendour of southeast Canada.

Start your visit by exploring Parliament Hill and the heritage Parliament Buildings. Here, you can see Ottawa’s famous Peace Tower and the Library of Parliament. Admire the Gothic Revival architecture, elaborate images from Canada’s history and the buildings’ lavish ceilings covered in gold leaf. Make your way to Centre Block and sit in on a political debate held in the Senate or the House of Commons. More Gothic Revival architecture can be found at the Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa’s largest church, with stained-glass windows, terraced galleries and embellished altars.

Ottawa is acclaimed for its museums and galleries. Find out about the Canadian role in international aviation history at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Discover fascinating stories and artefacts of warfare at the Canadian War Museum and follow the remarkable evolution of the human race at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Old masters, famous modernists and contemporary artists all have works hanging in the National Gallery of Canada.

From winter snow sports to summer outdoors adventures, Ottawa has a range of activities for each season. See the heritage estates and stunning natural environment of Gatineau Park. Board a boat to explore the World Heritage site of the Rideau Canal. The canal transforms into the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink in the winter.

Explore Ottawa on foot. The city centre is compact and many of the major attractions are located within easy walking distance of one another. The city is at its most lively during the summer months from June until August. The off-peak season runs from November to April, when many visitors choose to make the most of fresh powder snowfalls on the nearby ski slopes.

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Where to stay in Ottawa

Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
250 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON
The price is AU$151 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Ottawa Division, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Nepean Sportsplex and within 6 miles (10 km) of Carleton University and Algonquin College. TD ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,013 reviews)
"Very nice hotel"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2021

Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is AU$276 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National War Memorial, Shaw Centre, and National Arts Centre. Byward Market Square ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,104 reviews)
"It’s a lovely historic hotel. The room was spotless and very comfortable. Staff were very welcoming."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
4 out of 5
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is AU$187 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square, Shaw Centre and National Gallery of Canada. Parliament Hill and University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,451 reviews)
"Was the first time that we gone away since Covid. The security measures we’re great, we felt safe. The staff was super friendly and accommodating, the room was well appointed with a wonderful view of the city. Overall we had a great time and the staff was wonderful."

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Duvernay Studios and Suites
Duvernay Studios and Suites
2.5 out of 5
92 De L'hotel-De-Ville Street, Gatineau, QC
The price is AU$101 per night from 29 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Located in Hull, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Canadian Museum of History and Jacques Cartier Park. Byward Market Square and Parliament ...
3.6/5Good! (498 reviews)
"Convenient location. Staff is friendly and helpful. The suite did not feel was thoroughly cleaned. No hand sanitizers or wipes provided In the suite."

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2021

Duvernay Studios and Suites
Residences at Kanata Lakes
Residences at Kanata Lakes
3.5 out of 5
1100 Canadian Shield Ave, Ottawa, ON
Located in Ottawa Division, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Canadian Tire Centre. Bell ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (79 reviews)
"Very Clean property easy registration and pick up."

Reviewed on 28 May 2021

Residences at Kanata Lakes
Furnished Apartment in Resort Area: 8 mi to Ottawa
Furnished Apartment in Resort Area: 8 mi to Ottawa
41 Oakwood St., Gatineau, QC
Located in District d'Aylmer, this apartment building is within 9 miles (15 km) of Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, Parliament Hill and Casino du Lac Leamy. Canadian ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Beautiful welcoming home!
"Stayed with my parents, and we couldn't have been happier! Rome, welcomed and had us set up in the lovely apartment, which has everything you could possibly need and spotless clean! The neighborhood was beautiful for walking in the evening down to the river, we can't thankyou enough for the wonderful ..."

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2019

Furnished Apartment in Resort Area: 8 mi to Ottawa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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