Given Ottawa's architectural beauty and the fact that parking is at a premium in the downtown core, one of the best ways to see the city is on foot. You'll need transportation to see the sights and museums located outside of the downtown area as well as Gatineau, however. Note that many museums are closed Monday, particularly in winter. Taxis can take you into Québec and back, but you'll have to get a local taxi to explore within each city of the province. Bus service is limited.

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  • 1. Parliament Buildings

    Government Building

    Family Parliament Buildings. Three beloved neo-Gothic-style buildings with copper roofs dominate the nation's capital from Parliament Hill...Read More

  • 2. Aboriginal Experiences

    Historic District/Site

    Family Aboriginal Experiences. A former Algonquin trading post on an island in the middle of the Ottawa River, close to the new War Museum...Read More

  • 3. Bytown Museum


    In the former commissariat used by the Royal Engineers and Colonel John By during the building of the Rideau Canal—the oldest stone masonry...Read More

  • 4. Byward Market


    Excellent fresh produce and maple products have been attracting shoppers to this farmers' market since 1826. Surrounding the market stalls are...Read More

  • 5. Canada Aviation Museum


    Family Canada Aviation Museum. Exhibited here is Canada's most comprehensive collection of vintage aircraft, including a replica of the model...Read More

  • 6. Canada Science and Technology Museum


    Family Canada Science and Technology Museum. Canada's largest science and technology museum has permanent displays of printing presses, antique...Read More

  • 7. Canadian Museum of Civilization


    Family Canadian Museum of Civilization. Across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Québec, is one of the area's most architecturally stunning buildings...Read More

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  • 8. Canadian Museum of Nature


    In a castlelike building, the museum and its exhibits explore the earth's evolution, plus the birds, mammals, and plants of Canada. The High...Read More

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  • 9. Canadian War Museum


    Emerging from the ground on a slant that reaches a peak of 24.5 meters (80 feet), the dramatic architecture of the new Canadian War Museum echoes...Read More

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  • 10. Capital Information Kiosk

    Visitor Center

    Many museums are closed Monday, particularly in winter, but the staff at the Capital Information Kiosk can help you locate the ones that are open. ...Read More

  • 11. Confederation Square


    In the center of this triangular junction in the heart of the city stands the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, honoring...Read More

  • 12. Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada


    The ancestors of the credit card are all here: bracelets made from elephant hair, cowrie shells, whales' teeth, and what is believed to be the...Read More

  • 13. Garden of the Provinces and Territories


    The floral emblems of Canada's 10 provinces and three territories commemorate Confederation in this park. ...Read More

  • 14. Hull-Chelsea–Wakefield Steam Train

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    One of the last authentic steam trains still in operation in North America plies its way through the scenic Gatineau Hills from the city of...Read More

  • 15. Laurier House

    Historic Home

    This Second Empire–style house built in 1878 was once home to two of Canada's most important prime ministers, Wilfred Laurier and William Lyon...Read More

  • 16. Le Café

    Arts/Performance Venue

    The popular canal-side Le Café ( 613/594–5127 ) spills outside in warm weather. In winter it's a cozy vantage spot from which to watch skaters...Read More

  • 17. Library and Archives Canada


    The archives contain more than 60 million manuscripts and government records, 2 million maps, and about 21 million photographs. Genealogists...Read More

  • 18. Mackenzie King Estate

    Historic Home

    This sprawling 563-acre estate in Gatineau Park is nearly as eccentric as William Lyon Mackenzie King, the long-serving prime minister who made...Read More

  • 19. National Arts Centre

    Arts/Performance Venue

    This complex includes an opera hall, a theater, a studio theater, and a salon for readings and concerts. Inside and outside are sculptures by...Read More

  • 20. National Gallery of Canada


    Family National Gallery of Canada. A magnificent glass-tower structure engineered by Canadian architect Moshe Safdie holds the premier collection...Read More

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