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Ottawa loves visitors!

Ottawa is such an amazing city with so many places and events to experience and discover! Whether you’re a first time visitor on vacation, visiting here on a work convention or just exploring the city you live in – Ottawa offers so many great museums, galleries, heritage landmark buildings to discover and so many cool events! From skating on the canal during Winterlude to watching fireworks on Parliament Hill on Canada Day, or taking photographs of the beautiful Canadian Tulip FestivalOttawa’s tourism opportunities are endless!

 

Museums of Ottawa and the National Capital Region

Canadian Museum of History
100 Laurier Street, Gatineau  (819) 776-7000
Located in downtown Gatineau just five minutes from the downtown Ottawa, The Canadian Museum of History boasts artifacts and life sized exhibits that will help you discover 20,000 years of Canadian human history. The museum is the most popular attraction and most visited museum in Canada. With roots stretching back to 1856, it is one of North America’s oldest museums. To compliment its permanent life-sized exhibits, the museum is also home to the Canadian children’s museum, the Canadian Postal Museum and an IMAX theater.

Canadian Museum of Nature
240 McLeod Street  (613) 566-4700
Explore the world of insects, prehistoric dinosaurs, animals and the changing face of the earth, all at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Parkway  (613) 993-2010
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum as Canada’s national museum has earned an international reputation and following and is recognized as having the most extensive aviation collection in Canada and one which ranks among the finest in the world.

Rideau Hall – Governor General’s Residence
1 Sussex Drive  (613)998-7113
(This is a lovely and interesting historical Ottawa location, where you can either just stroll around the outer grounds and park space, or go on a guided tour of the actual residence building.)

Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place  (819) 776-8600
The Canadian War Museum is a national museum of military history covering Canada’s military past, from the earliest of times to the present day. Through its extraordinary permanent and special exhibitions, the Museum shows how military events have shaped the development of the country, both at home and on the world stage. With expansive exhibition space, diverse public programs and unparalleled displays of collections, it is a must-see destination for visitors and local alike.

A Museum Visit – take your pick, Ottawa has loads
(Museum of Civilization, Canadian War Museum, The Canadian Museum of Nature, The Bank of Canada’s Currency Museum, and many many more.)

 

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National Landmarks and Tours

The Parliament Buildings and other Historic Sites and Monuments
My son and I have always loved the tour inside Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings as well as just walking around them, buying a hot dog from the vendor directly across the street from the Peace Tower is a must!

Ottawa City Sightseeing Tours
You can tour Ottawa so many different ways – everything from an open air double-decker bus, to a boat cruise on either the Rideau Canal or the Ottawa River, to bicycle rentals along the canal.

Rideau Hall – Governor General’s Residence
1 Sussex Drive  (613)998-7113
This is a lovely and interesting historical Ottawa location, where you can either just stroll around the outer grounds and park space, or go on a guided tour of the actual residence building.

 

Family Fun

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum 
11 Aviation Parkway  (613) 993-2010
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum as Canada’s national museum has earned an international reputation and following and is recognized as having the most extensive aviation collection in Canada and one which ranks among the finest in the world.

Sound and Light Show on Parliament
Northern Lights is the new Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Parliament Buildings, this 30-minute show takes the audience on an unforgettable journey of sound and light through Canada’s history. The new Northern Lights follows on the success of the previous Sound and Light Show – Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people – which was seen by more than 1.1 million people and garnered 13 national and international awards. Mosaika was also twice named one of the top 100 festivals and events in Ontario.

Camp Fortune Aerial Experience
Located in the Gatineau Park – it’s best to go online for directions.  (819) 827-5517  
(You need to make a reservation, so you’ll need to call.) This is such an awesome family activity in the Ottawa region, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart – super high platforms fun and fast zip lines!  :)

A Museum Visit – take your pick, Ottawa has loads
Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum, The Canadian Museum of Nature, The Bank of Canada’s Currency Museum, and many many more.

 

Ottawa Art Galleries

National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive

The Ottawa Art Gallery 
Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue (613) 233-8699

Orange Art Gallery
290 City Centre Ave  (613) 761-1500
Orange Art Gallery is a contemporary studio and gallery located in the centre of the Arts district at the Parkdale Market area of Hintonburg.

The CUBE Gallery
1285 Wellington Street West  (613) 728-1750
Cube is a contemporary art gallery that hosts a new group show every month.

Exposure Gallery
2nd Floor Studio of Thyme and Again, 1255 Wellington Street West  (613) 722.0093 x 225
Exposure Gallery was established in 2009 as a unique and multi-faceted exhibition space to showcase and ‘expose’ emerging and established Canadian visual arts with a current focus on fine art photography.

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