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As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is a city of impressive landmarks, a wealth of cultural attractions, a beautiful natural setting, all wrapped up in a relaxed urban vibe. Nestled at the junction of three rivers and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Cana, the city is considered one of the world’s most beautiful capitals. Add to that its clean, green natural setting and the allure of the surrounding wide-open green spaces, parks and wilderness areas and you’ve got a capital combination that attracts millions of visitors every year. Its museums offer creative, ground breaking and world class exhibitions. From its excellent shopping boutiques, intimate sidewalk cafes and exciting nightlife, there is much to discover.
Ottawa boasts a hospitality industry well-accustomed to hosting international delegations and diplomats. The professional meetings and conventions community facilities, hotels, attractions and destination management organizations offer everything you would expect to find in a world capital.
Ottawa is also one of the most educated cities in one of the most educated countries in the world. The largest university in the area is the University of Ottawa, a bilingual public research university founded in 1848, which now enrolls well over 40,000 students.
Ottawa is centrally-located in the province of Ontario, with the award-winning Ottawa International Airport offering daily direct connections to over 30 Canadian, U.S. and European Centres. The capital is also serviced by Canada’s train service, VIA Rail, and accessible by a number of major highways. The airport is just a 15-minute shuttle ride from downtown Ottawa, and the city’s downtown is remarkably compact and walkable.
- A population of over 1.2 million makes the Ottawa region the fourth-largest urban area in Canada
- More than 1,800 advanced technology companies employ more than 76,000 people
- With the highest-educated workforce in Canada, Ottawa has more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country
- With 90 per cent of Canada’s industrial telecommunications research and development conducted here, Ottawa is one of the world’s top five sites for R&D
- Canada’s Capital region welcomes over 7.3 million visitors per year, who spend over $1.18 billion
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|Absinthe||www.absinthecafe.ca||$$$$||A bit further away but rated as one of Ottawa’s Top Ten|
|Al’s Steakhouse||www.alssteakhouse.ca||$$$-$$$$||An Ottawa ‘tradition’ since 1967|
|Beckta Dining and Wine||www.beckta.com||$$$$||Elegant and refined dining; wine bar menu also|
|Black Tomato||www.theblacktomato.ca||$$||Outdoor patio is popular with varied pub-style menu|
|La Bottega Nicastro||www.labottega.ca||$||Italian specialty grocery is great for lunch|
|Citizen||townlovesyou.com/citizen||$$||Casual sister of Town; no reservations|
|The Clocktower Brewhouse||www.clocktower.ca||$$||Various locations but the Elgin Street venue close to uOttawa; known for its craft beer|
|D’Arcy McGee’s||darcymcgees.com||$$||Pub-style food near Parliament Hill|
|East India Company||www.eastindiaco.com||$$-$$$||Rated as one of the best in Canada; high quality food and service|
|Restaurant E18hteen||www.restaurant18.com||$$$$||Seasonally inspired menu with French flair|
|Mamma Teresa Ristorante||www.mammateresa.com||$$$||Authentic and extensive Italian menu in an old-home setting, a city landmark since 1970|
|Metropolitain Brasserie||metropolitainbrasserie.com||$$$||French bistro; open late|
|Milestones Grill and Bar||milestonesrestaurants.com||$$||Varied menu, friendly atmosphere|
|Nate’s Deli||nates.ca||$-$$||Deli-restaurant with a taste of Montreal smoked meat|
|North & Navy||northandnavy.com||$$$$||Quiet, intriguing menu with a good wine list|
|Play Food and Wine||playfood.ca||$$$||Small plates best for sharing; sister of Beckta|
|Riviera||dineriviera.com||$$$$||Upscale dining with prices to match; lunch menu simpler|
|Town||www.townlovesyou.ca||$$$||Reservations a must; fine food with a twist|
|The Whalesbone Oyster House||www.thewhalesbone.com||$$$$||Seafood to perfection; no e-mail reservations|
|Wilfrid’s||www.fairmont.com/laurier-ottawa/dining/wilfrids/||$$$$||In the iconic Chateau Laurier; great views and quietly elegant|
|Zoé’s Lounge||http://www.fairmont.com/laurier-ottawa/dining/zoes-lounge/||$$||Also at the Chateau Laurier; light fare and cocktails – no reservations|
Some Other Options:
The Byward Market, Elgin Street and Sparks Street – all a few minutes from uOttawa – offer a variety of restaurants in terms of price and category beyond those listed.
We hope that you will have an opportunity to explore Ottawa!
Top 10 Things to do in Ottawa
The seat of Canada’s federal government and the setting for national celebrations the year round, Parliament Hill is the most visited Ottawa attraction. Each morning during summer months, the front lawn of Parliament Hill is the setting of the daily Changing the Guard ceremony; each evening the public is invited to gather again to witness the awe-inspiring Sound and Light show – spectacular lighting effects and stunning giant images projected on the Parliament Buildings set to words and music. Both events are free. Truly a must-see!
National Cultural Attractions
Ottawa cultural attractions, museums and galleries invite visitors to experience the best of Canada all in one place. 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 for any visitor.
An historic farmers’ market and shopping district by day, a favourite gathering place of restaurants and clubs by night – the ByWard Market just east of Parliament Hill is one Ottawa neighbourhood you won’t want to miss.
UNESCO Rideau Canal
A historic waterway filled with boaters spring through fall 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.
The Outdoor – Adventure
Ottawa is a natural for sports fans and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Try whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Ottawa River, some of the continent’s finest. Then top it off with some bungee jumping. Ottawa is also a cycling enthusiast’s dream destination, with over 180 kilometres of recreational pathways linking natural areas, parks, gardens and national sites.
Ottawa is a city of celebrations, offering visitors a year round calendar of parties, festivals and special events. On July 1st, the city celebrates the biggest party in the country, Canada Day. Visitors will also experience a host of music celebrations, including the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Bluesfest, which welcome some of the world’s biggest acts to our city. In winter, Canada celebrates Winterlude, and takes to the ice on the world’s largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal.
The culinary scene in Ottawa has come alive in recent years, with a thriving community of Ottawa chefs and Ottawa restaurants making names for themselves both at home and abroad. Ottawa restaurants are wonderfully diverse. In the mood for French, Italian, Chinese or seafood? Choose from scores of each. Craving something a little more unique and exotic? You’ll find it. As one of Ontario’s designated culinary tourism destinations, the city, its restaurants and its local food producers are all working together to bring locally-grown and prepared foods to tables across the region through an initiative called Savour Ottawa.
The Capital’s premier performing arts venue, the National Arts Centre, presents a full line-up of music, dance and theatre, plus popular touring acts and shows. Ottawa also has a thriving local theatre scene, including the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa Little Theatre, and The Gladstone.
Ottawa is filled with Capital sights and attractions – and just about as many ways to explore and see them. Experience a tour on both land and water with the Lady Dive amphibious bus, or take in a walking tour across Ottawa’s picturesque ByWard Market courtyards.
Unique Ottawa neighbourhoods offer distinctive shopping, dining and nightlife experiences across the Capital. From Little Italy’s charming bars and restaurants, to the glorious new archway over Chinatown, there is plenty to experience in Ottawa’s varied neighbourhoods.