Skip to content

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. ”
291local recommendations
Shopping Centre
“Near the parliament, you are walk-in distance to the Rideau center-our famous shopping mall. ”
203local recommendations
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!”
179local recommendations
Gift Shop
“This impressive looking structure is home to many phenomenal displays by local and international artists. An absolutely must see!”
191local recommendations
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.”
145local recommendations
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!”
210local recommendations
History Museum
“Just a thirty minute drive. "Canada's Parliament Guided Tours of Parliament Attend Debates and Committees Special Events: Canada Day Celebrate the country’s birthday on Parliament Hill. A day of live entertainment finishes with an evening concert and fireworks display. Changing of the Guard Observe a unique Canadian tradition! Carillon Concerts Discover a unique musical experience: the 53 bells of the Peace Tower Carillon. Sound and Light Show The Northern Lights sound and light show is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada's history, combining digital technology with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings."”
97local recommendations
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!”
125local recommendations
Natural Feature
“www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/rideau-canal-skateway/ Can't miss the opportunity to skate on the iconic Rideau Canal!”
133local recommendations
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.”
123local recommendations
Concert Hall
“Go check out a concert, ballet or play at our newly renovated National Arts Centre.”
73local recommendations
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!”
67local recommendations
Casino
“Idéal pour une sortie amusante et diversifiée. Le casino a plusieurs restaurants délicieux & un coté nigthlife pour tous ! The place for for a fun night. The casino has several delicious restaurants & a nightlife side for everyone!”
54local recommendations
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. ”
36local recommendations
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 ”
31local recommendations
Shopping Centre
“This is a shopping mall with a wide range of stores from our very Canadian Hudson Bay department store, to clothing stores, to nick nack stores. There's also a food court.”
26local recommendations