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Best things to do in Ottawa

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Capitol Building
“Don’t miss seeing Canada’s Parliament downtown Ottawa. Tours available by lining up across the street and getting a free ticket to see inside the buildings. ”
313 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Near the parliament, you are walk-in distance to the Rideau center-our famous shopping mall. ”
216 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great place to learn about Canadian History, watch an IMAX movie, entertain the kids, watch fireworks during select times or partake in the many festivals occurring throughout the year!”
193 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“This impressive looking structure is home to many phenomenal displays by local and international artists. An absolutely must see!”
201 locals recommend
Museum
“The Canadian Museum of Nature, formerly called the National Museum of Natural Sciences, is Canada's national natural history and natural sciences museum in Ottawa, Ontario.”
156 locals recommend
Market
“Only a short walk away in downtown Ottawa, you can enjoy various amazing restaurants, explore the entertainment and visit the local artisans and farm stalls!”
217 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Canadian War Museum is Canada's national museum of military history. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, the museum covers all facets of Canada's military past, from the first recorded instances of death by armed violence in Canadian history several hundred years ago to the country's most recent involvement in conflicts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_War_Museum”
102 locals recommend
Park
“Our favorite park nearby for year long activities: Beautiful walking trails, plenty of bicycle trails, downhill skiing Camp Fortune site, cross country ski site for winter, zip-line site for summer fun, beaches, an exhibit on ecosystems, awesome sprint/fall color, all you can play just half an hour away!”
140 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/rideau-canal-skateway/ Can't miss the opportunity to skate on the iconic Rideau Canal!”
143 locals recommend
Spa
“Nestled in the picturesque village of Old Chelsea in the Outaouais on the outskirts of Gatineau Park, Nordik Spa-Nature positions itself as the largest spa in North America. This relaxation and healing centre is mainly focused on thermotherapy and relaxation techniques from Scandinavian countries. It offers a multisensory experience in a surrounding natural setting and is aimed at contributing to the health and well-being of its guests.”
139 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Go check out a concert, ballet or play at our newly renovated National Arts Centre.”
76 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Either go for a skate on the Rideau Canal, or a hike/ski in the Gatineau Park. However you do it, try to get outside and enjoy the various outdoor activities Ottawa has to offer. *If you need equipment, check out Kunstadt Sports on 680 Bank Street!”
75 locals recommend
Casino
“Gambling, entertainment, bars, restaurants..... 35 minutes from our sought secluded lakefront villa. ”
63 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The Bayshore Shopping Centre is the second largest shopping mall in the National Capital Region attracting over 7 million visitors per year from across Ottawa and the surrounding region. ”
42 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“10 minutes drive to Tanger outlet (Designer and brand name stores) includes Coach,J.Crew, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, Tommy Hilfiger, Boss etc ”
31 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“St. Laurent Centre is an 878,560 square foot regional shopping centre centrally located in Ottawa. Just minutes from downtown, with direct access off the Queensway, there are many free parking stalls, and a transit station hub on-site. St. Laurent Centre’s annual customer visits exceeded 13 million.”
33 locals recommend