Ottawa Sights

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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Aboriginal Experiences

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

Bytown Museum

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

Byward Market

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

Canada Aviation Museum

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

Canada Science and Technology Museum

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

Canadian Museum of Civilization

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

Canadian Museum of Nature

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

Canadian War Museum

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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...

Capital Information Kiosk

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

Confederation Square

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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,...


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