Things to do

Parliament Hill

The seat of Canada's federal government and the setting for national celebrations the year round, Parliament Hill is the most visited Ottawa attraction.

ByWard Market

The ByWard Market is just east of Parliament Hill. It?s an historic farmers' market and shopping district by day, and a lively restaurant and club district by night.

National Cultural Attractions

Whether it's the stunning National Gallery of Canada, with world class art on display, or the dramatic Canadian War Museum, these are the experiences that bring Canadian culture to life.


UNESCO Rideau Canal

A historic waterway and the world's largest naturally frozen skating rink in winter ? the Rideau Canal winds through the heart of Ottawa before connecting with the Ottawa River through dramatic stepped locks right next to Parliament Hill.

Performing Arts

The Capital?s premier performing arts venue, the National Arts Centre, presents music, dance and theatre, plus popular touring acts and shows. Ottawa also has a thriving local theatre scene, including the Great Canadian Theatre Company and Ottawa Little Theatre.