Canada’s capital city, attractive UNESCO-listed Ottawa, boasts various museums, a canal and stunning architecture. Must see city landmarks include the striking buildings of Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, which was once one of Canada's grand railway hotels. Take a stroll along the Rideau Canal, or even skate along it in the winter, then visit the ByWard Market just east of Parliament Hill. By day a historic farmers’ market and at night it becomes a popular restaurant scene.

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Ottawa Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Ottawa

Lord Elgin, Ottawa

Historic landmark hotel in the heart of the capital.

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Fairmont Chateau Laurier appears more castle than hotel. Its stately appearance continues inside...

Le Germain Hotel Ottawa

Its shared home with Ottawa’s art gallery makes Le Germain Hotel Ottawa something of a hidden gem...

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Historical Highlights Walking tour, Ottawa

Take a leisurely stroll around Canada’s capital on this introductory walking tour, and discovering its colourful history and witnessing its beautiful architecture. As you make your way through the heart of the city with your local guide, you’ll stop off at some of Ottawa’s most famous sights including Parliament Hill, The National War Memorial, the Rideau Canal and the Sparks Street.

• Departs daily
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Ottawa Express Cycle Tour

This small group tour travels on beautiful bike trails around the Rideau Canal, expansive parks, and through picturesque neighbourhoods. Starting downtown, you'll begin by visiting the National War Memorial before riding to the Rideau Canal pathway, continuing to the Ottawa River Pathway and bridge, and making a stop at the Museum of History lookout. Then it's on to Parliament Hill, and back to Ottawa across the impressive Alexandria Bridge where you'll pass through the popular Byward market neighbourhood. You'll continue through the New Edinburgh neighbourhood until you reach Rideau Hall, the Official Residence of the Governor-General, and the beautiful Rideau Falls. Cycle back on Sussex drive (Ottawa's political hub), and pass by the National Art Gallery, the famous Ottawa spider, and Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. Then it's back along the Rideau Canal Pathway where you'll take in magic views of Ottawa's downtown, culminating your cycling tor includes a guide, bicycle, helmet, and water bottle. Please note, this is a seasonal tour running from April to November.

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Hop-on Hop-Off City Tour Ottawa - 1-Day Ticket

Join a sightseeing tour of Ottawa, Canada's national capital, on a double-decker bus. Your ticket gives you the freedom and flexibility to hop on and off as many times as you like. Attractions included during this tour are Parliament Buildings, embassies, universities and museums. See the Canadian Mint, National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, the residence of the Prime Minister, the National Arts Centre and many more. You will drive through scenic gardens and parklands and along the Rideau Canal, one of Ottawa's picturesque waterways. Please note this tour runs from May to October.

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Get to know Ottawa and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


GMT -5 hours


Canadian Dollar (CAD)


8 hours (Toronto)


Majority Christianity


English and French are the official languages in Canada

An Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is now required for British citizens travelling to Canada, please speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details

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Many Canadians in the service industry rely on tips to supplement their income. Tips or tax are not usually automatically added to a bill in Canada, but you should always check. Taxi drivers, hairdressers and waiters are generally given 10-15%. Bellhops, porters and doormen are generally paid Can$1 per item of luggage. It may be advisable to carry small change for this purpose. These figures are for guidance only and assume that service has been good.

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