Ottawa is a Delight for Visitors Throughout the Year
The Canadian national capital is a friendly city that has a lot to offer visitors.
If you are looking for a vacation destination that is relatively close to home,
consider spending some time in this historic area. Nestled on the shores of
the Ottawa River, it is a modern city that is steeped in history. Visitors will
be welcomed in both official languages (English and French), and there is lots
to see and do here.
The Parliament Buildings are open to the public at no charge,
seven days a week. Visitors can take a guided tour of the Centre Block, visit
the Memorial Chamber and explore the Peace Tower. You can also attend live
debates when Parliament is in session. It's interesting to see the process of
how laws are made at work, and visitors come away from a visit to Parliament
Hill with a new appreciation for the work performed by their elected representatives.
Gatineau Park is a located about 15 minutes from Parliament Hill. This protected
green space has hundreds of kilometers of hiking and biking trails waiting
to be discovered. The forest and pristine lakes make it a perfect place to
get back to nature in all seasons. The Rideau Canal is a unique feature in the
city. Opened in 1832, this chain of waterways extends 202 km (125 miles)
from Ottawa to Kingston. This is the oldest, continuously operated canal system
in North America. During the winter, it has the distinction of being the longest
skating rink in the world!
The Canadian Museum of Civilization/Children's
Museum is located in Gatineau, Quebec, which is only a few minutes from downtown
Ottawa. The building is home to the Canadian Postal Museum, and an IMAX theatre.
It's a wonderful way to spend a day learning about the country's history
and culture. Ottawa's ByWard Market is conveniently located a block away
from Parliament Hill.
Visitors can visit this year-round farmer's market and check out the
assortment of arts and crafts for sale. The area also has a number of boutiques
and restaurants. The national capital area has a number of attractions that
make it an interesting place to visit, either for a weekend getaway or a
longer vacation. With so much to see, you may end up being a repeat guest in
this charming city.