Our Ottawa

Ottawa and its sister city Gatineau embrace much of Canada's National Capital Region. These two cities offer you the visitor an opportunity to enter a fascinating and unique part of the Canadian tapestry and experience.

A visit to the Parliament Hill and its buildings, magnificent in themselves, will introduce you to the Canadian political life. Showcase buildings, such as museums and galleries, offer insight into Aboriginal and European history in Canada, and into the Canadian experience revealed through the arts, sciences and technologies, and aviation and space. Another aspect of the Canadian experience can be discovered at the Central Experimental Farm, which is located in the heart of Ottawa. It will take you no time to get there and learn about on-going agricultural research and rural history of the country. Additional information can be found in Canada's Capital Region and Ottawa, Canada's Capital.

Ottawa and Gatineau have their own art galleries and museums that interpret the local experience, such as the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau.

There is a variety of outdoor activities which rests on Ottawa's four distinct and beautiful seasons: warm springs, hot and humid summers, cool falls and cold winters.

Spring is aglow with hundreds of thousands of tulips; summer is the kick-off of all the exciting festivals that take place in the two cities; and the autumn leaves are spectacular. You can hike and cycle in Ottawa's parks, along the Rideau Canal, a World Heritage site, or in the Gatineau Park. Our region, with its abundance of lakes, rivers and waterways, is a huge playground for lovers of the outdoors. Cruises, flat-water paddling, whitewater rafting and pleasure boating can also be enjoyed on many of our waterways.

In the winter, Ottawa grooms the Rideau Canal Skateway, for over 7 kilometres of skating within the city, and the Rink of Dreams which is located at City Hall. Many rinks throughout the city are also groomed to skate, to play hockey, broomball and other ice sports. At winter's peak, there are nearby nearly 200 kilometres of groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, and numerous ski hills for cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowboarding.

There is also a rich offering of live entertainment in a number of remarkable events. In spring, the Canadian Tulip Festival; in the summer, music festivals include the Ottawa Bluesfest, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Folk Festival, and the internationally-recognized Chamberfest Ottawa festival; and in winter, the Winterlude festival.

Come visit Ottawa real soon to enjoy these wonderful experiences all year long!

Information provided by Friendship Force Ottawa and the Cartier Place Suite Hotel.