Ottawa Vacations

Unique as a North American capital, Ottawa is bilingual. English is the first language of a majority of the population, but French is the first language of a significant number. Staff in most stores and restaurants speak both well and, in general, bilingualism is common. Ottawa is home to many of the world's cultures as thousands of immigrants from ... Read more
around the world now call Ottawa home. The city is probably best known as the nation's capital but has become one of the fastest growing cities in North America owing to the booming high-tech business sector.

Ottawa places to stay and top hotels

Ottawa things to do and experiences

  • Parliament Hill
    9.265 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Government Building, Historic Site
    Popular withHistoryFamilies
  • Rideau Canal
    9.340 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Landmark
    Popular withOutdoorsyAdventure
  • ByWard Market
    9.438 reviews
    Shopping, Lake, Market
    Popular withFoodiesNightlife
  • National Gallery of Canada
    9.331 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Shopping, Art Museum, Art Gallery
    Popular withArtsyHistory




Average temperature( / )

Average precipitation (mm)

Top Ottawa restaurants


Show Nearby Places


Ottawa reviews & trip reports

  • 9.8
    History Buffs
  • 7.5
    Family Travelers
  • 7.0
    Business Travelers
  • 6.7
    Adventure Travelers
  • 6.6
    Art & Design Lovers

Member Reviews(92)

Write a review
Los Angeles, California, USA

A wonderful city with great historical buildings and plenty of family activities. The big draw back here is the lack of evening entertainment. The city seems to go to sleep very early.

Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory Buffs

First time visiting Ottawa! People are so friendly here. Visiting the art gallery downtown and it was amazing!

Recommended for:Art & Design Lovers
Calgary, Canada

As Canada's national capital, Ottawa enjoys a lot of activities and amenities for a small city. The smaller size also makes it easy to get around.

Recommended for:Family TravelersLuxury Travelers
Los Angeles, California, USA

As a whole, Ottawa is not exciting. But as a government city, it's not supposed to be. Come here for the parliament, Canadian history, and business, and to practice your French -- if you want true excitement, head to Toronto. I was visiting for a conference myself, and noticed the lack of life during my time there. I would come back though.

Toronto, Canada

Ottawa is a great city to visit. There are many art galleries, museums, and historical sites worth checking out.


Ottawa is a great place to go to if you want to experience Canadian culture. I went during Winterlude and it was quite bustling! Skating on the Rideau Canal was one of the most exhilarating experiences I've ever had and I highly recommend it. The downside, however, is that it's absolutely freezing during the winter, so make sure you bring warm clothing! Also, because Ottawa in itself is not very large, to explore more of the area, it's best to have a car for further travels.

Local from Ottawa, Canada

i go there every day cuz i work there,but lots to see and great city to go clubbing on the w-ends!!

Cornwall, Ontario

i saw some places that was not on the guide and saw a lot of beautiful parts of ottawa :)


Beautiful City, downtown is a must see. Parliament building is assential to your visit.

Pittsford (town), New York

This capital of Canada is relatively calm and quiet, as compared to other major cities. Our experience here was that it is fun for a brief visit of a few days, perhaps as part of a road trip in conjunction with other cities. We enjoyed watching the changing of the guard at the Parliament and walking along the lovely canal.