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History Museum
“The Canadian Museum of History is Canada's national museum of human history. It is located in the Hull area of Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.”
179 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“ByWard Market is a buzzing hub of outdoor farmers’ market stalls and specialty food shops selling Canadian cheese and maple-infused chocolate. It’s also known for its colorful street art and hip stores filled with crafts and clothes by local designers”
190 locals recommend
Museum
“Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a handsome heritage "Castle". Marvel at dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles in the Fossil Gallery. See grizzlies and other wild animals up close in beautiful dioramas in the Mammal Gallery. Observe hundreds of specimens in the Bird Gallery. See a real blue whale skeleton in the Water Gallery. Be dazzled by over a thousand gorgeous minerals and rocks in the Earth Gallery. Learn about Canada's North in the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery. Peer at an eye-popping assortment of creepy crawlies in Nature Live. Enjoy an action-packed 3D movie. Take advantage of numerous hands-on activities. Don't miss the special, travelling exhibitions. A superb destination for visitors of all ages!”
145 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”
97 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Go check out a concert, ballet or play at our newly renovated National Arts Centre.”
72 locals recommend
Casino
“The Casino Lac Leamy is so Instagram worthy! The casino is constantly hosting fun theme nights where they have photobooths where you can take the best photos. They have done everything from cowboys to the swinging 50s, so make sure to plan ahead to see when the next theme night is so you can capture the fun on your Instagram feed.”
55 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Right next-door to Datsun, contemporary Mexican plates! There’s even a take-out window if you’re on the go”
83 locals recommend
Hockey Arena
“Just a twenty-five minute drive. World-class entertainment venue in Ottawa-Gatineau, and home of the NHL's Ottawa Senators”
37 locals recommend
Park
“GREAT entertainment - Home of our RED BLACKS and our Ottawa 67's Great restaurants and movie theaters”
50 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Go to a Sporting Event!! Any sport you’re into Ottawa has it! The Ottawa Redblacks football team, the Fury soccer team, and the 67s junior hockey team are all right around the corner at TD Place. The Ottawa Senators hockey team are just a bus ride away at the Canadian Tire Center (look up 400-series OC-Transpo bus routes on game day).”
41 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Lego people and an upside-down room, the Canada Science and Technology Museum is a fun photo spot in Ottawa! The newly renovated museum is entertaining for kids and adults, and you'll find photo opportunities too.”
27 locals recommend
Pub
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“BEER BIBLE. Good food too.... lol. I spend several months travelling Europe and a huge portion of that time was spent in Belgium. The Kingdom of Beer. It has been impossible to find certain beers I had over there, that is until I went to Pub Italia. They have the Beer Bible which is a fairly exhaustive list of any kind of beer you could possible want. The best part is they are all imported and stored on site, so they get that extra aging time if no one is ordering them. The pizza here is also really quite good and I've hear good things about the pasta dishes too.”
44 locals recommend
Diner
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“Renting canoes, kayaks, peddle-boats, and paddle-boards at Dow's Lake is a great way to explore the canal all the way into downtown Ottawa.”
45 locals recommend
Bar
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“I recommend because it is a combination of good beer, , great food,good music and great ambiance!”
49 locals recommend
Pub
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“Fun vibe - a great place for cocktails and apres ski drinks + a great patio in the summertime.”
42 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Great little old movie theater for alternative movies you won't find elsewhere! Right in the heart of downtown Ottawa, 25 minutes walk”
44 locals recommend