Ottawa Vacation Plan: 10 Must-See Attractions for the Canadian Capital
Canada’s capital is a perfect location for getting away from everyday life and experiencing something new. Whether you are staying in Cartier Place & Towers Suite Hotels, one of the Ottawa downtown hotels, or at a buddy’s house in the suburbs, here are ten attractions that are sure to make your vacation unforgettable.
- War Memorials
Ottawa is home to several war memorial and museum locations, including The Canadian War Museum, Canada’s Cold War Museum, and The National War Memorial. Both of these solemn and moving attractions remind visitors of the sacrifices others have made for Canada. They take tourists back through Canada’s military history, and are a great location for history buffs from any country.
- Notre Dame Basilica
Notre Dame Basilica is a functioning church with beautiful stained glass windows and breathtaking architecture. The cathedral dates back to the gothic area and is famous for its twin spires that almost seem to touch the clouds.
- Ottawa River Parkway
For travelers who like to keep up their jogging routine while on vacation, Ottawa River Parkway doubles as a sightseeing location and a great spot to get some exercise. Tourists love the plentiful parking, beaches, and playgrounds that can be found along the Ottawa River. It’s a great way to get direct access to downtown attractions as well.
No matter what you are interested in, you are sure to find a festival in Ottawa that’s right up your alley. From tulips and Christmas lights to ice sculptures and jazz music, the festivals are all remarkable. No matter what time of year you visit, there will probably be some sort of festival going on.
- Canada Science and Technology Museum
Rather than being full of no-touch displays, The Canada Science and Technology Museum has human hamster wheels and other hands-on displays. The museum is a great way to entertain younger travelers while teaching them about the new technologies in the world.
- Changing of the Guard
The Queen of England is not the only person with a formal guard service. Catch the changing of the guard at 10 AM sharp every morning outside of Parliament Hill, but arrive early to get a spot with a good view!
- National Arts Centre
For a taste of culture, catch a theatrical performance, a dance, or an orchestral recital at the National Arts Centre. The theatre features a variety of Broadway shows, festival presentations, and in-house productions in both English and French. Don’t forget to stop at the Centre’s café restaurant that overlooks the Rideau Canal!
ByWard is a neighborhood that houses hundreds of artisans, farmers, crafters, merchants, and street performers. It also has great restaurant locations and pubs. The city was established in 1826, but it is still has a bustling night life and a market popular to tourists and locals alike.
- Calypso Theme Waterpark
If you are visiting Ottawa during the hot summer months, why not cool off at Canada’s largest themed waterpark? Maybe go for a swim in Canada’s largest wave pool, or experience a whitewater raft run. The park has 35 waterslides and 100 water games, so it’s good for hours of aquatic fun.
- Haunted Walks
For the paranormal buff, several evening and daytime tours take guests through haunting buildings, graveyards, and neighborhoods. To make the experience even more authentic, after-dark tours are led by lantern light. These tours are open year-round.
Ottawa has an attraction for every person in your travelling group—and this list only has ten of them! If you are undecided on your next vacation destination, go to Ottawa and try staying in the Cartier Place & Towers Suite Hotels for a vacation you won’t soon forget!