Ottawa is the capital of Canada, its largest city and one of the best cities in the world in terms of living. But this is not what attracts travelers. Ottawa has many interesting sights for any range of interests. Fans of historical facts and long excursions should visit the Museum of Civilization, the National Art Gallery, the Military Museum. Walking in the center, you should pay attention to the Parliament building, the 96-meter Peace Tower. The city has a wide variety of restaurants, so for lovers of Italian, French and Chinese cuisine, there will be something to diversify your meals. Of course, special attention should be paid to national dishes, in particular, to try maple syrup and pumpkin soup. The capital hosts more than 60 festivals every year, which can intrigue even the most inveterate tourist.
The following car rental companies operate at Ottawa Airport: Hertz, Alamo, Budget, Avis, National, Enterprise. Rental car rental desks are located in the arrivals area. There are parking areas near the airport. You can reserve a place and check your reservation on the airport website.
Rent a car and go on an excursion to the oldest church in Ottawa - the Basilica of Our Lady. The design of the shrine has changed several times, so looking at it you can see elements of different styles. If from the outside it looks very eclectic, then the interior decoration will definitely not leave anyone indifferent. The window above the main entrance immediately catches your eye - it is elegantly complemented by sculptures of saints, which leaves no doubt for tourists. In addition to magnificent sculptural groups (including wooden ones), the temple also houses the tombs of Prime Minister Wilfrid Lurie and Governor General George Wannier. No less popular is the body, consisting of 4700 pipes.
Sussex Drive www.gallery.ca
The history of the National Gallery of Canada dates back more than 100 years, but the landmark acquired its final form only a few decades ago. It is interesting that the tour is remembered not so much by inspecting the works of great masters (including Rembrandt Van Rijn, Gustav Klimt, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali), but a ten-meter metal spider located near the gallery building. Moving away from its creepy appearance, be sure to inspect the collection of contemporary art, in particular, the work of Andy Warhol.
1 Vimy Pl www.warmuseum.ca
One of those places where you can get acquainted with the military art, trace the course of wars and learn about all the subtleties - the Canadian War Museum. During the tour, what you can only not see: ship guns, uniforms, army vehicles, and even jet aircraft. The museum has an exhibition telling about all the military conflicts of Canada and the most significant world ones, in addition, there is a Center for the Study of Military History with a library, which presents more than 500 thousand significant artifacts.
Parliament Hill is the pearl of Ottawa, located right on the banks of the river. The architectural complex over the long history of its existence survived the fire and perestroika. Tourists liked the central block for its luxurious Confederation Hall and the Gallery of Glory. Western - famous for the highest tower, built in the second half of the XIX century. The eastern block is clearly reminiscent of a medieval castle, inside are the offices of parliamentarians. Planning a trip to Parliament Hill is more convenient by renting a car.
901 Prince of Wales Dr. www.agr.gc.ca/central-experimental-farm
One of the most non-trivial places where it will be interesting to spend leisure time for both children and adults is the Central Experimental Farm. The Museum of Agriculture and Food is located on the territory of the historical landmark, exhibitions in which are dedicated to ancient agricultural techniques and tools, beekeeping, healthy nutrition. Going further to the zoo, you can see all kinds of pets. It’s possible to have a picnic in the old barn, and to see the most incredible plants in the botanical garden.
If you have already visited all the main attractions of the capital, go to the end of the Rideau River on the picturesque Green Island. The old town hall with its old interior and atmosphere of the past centuries, war memorials reminiscent of historical events are perfectly preserved here. Walking to the western part of the island, you will see the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Research Council. Fans of natural attractions and stunning views should look at the waterfall. The ruins of the railway bridge will undoubtedly impress and will not let you forget about its former greatness. The island has a well-developed infrastructure, so it will turn out to have a great time.
A 2-hour drive (more convenient by renting a car) from Ottawa is the town of Kingston, which is often called the “home away from home”. This is because hundreds of thousands of tourists come here to study at a local college and find a new home. The city is also popular among tourists who are eager to see the sights of the first capital of the Province of Canada and to get acquainted with the homeland of the first Canadian Prime Minister, Sir John MacDonald. By the way, travelers can safely go on a two-hour tour “In the footsteps of John MacDonald”, which is fascinatingly held with the participation of actors and animators. If you arrived in Kingston from April to November, be sure to check out Kingston Public Market, where you can not only buy fresh fruits, vegetables, but also to attend workshops of popular city chefs and listen to the game of street musicians. If you still have some time left, then take a look at the City Hall building, visit the Kingston Archaeological Center and sample a beer at the local brewery.
Not far from Kingston is the conservation area of the Thousand Islands National Park, which has about 2,000 islets. For tourists, group tours are organized here. During a walk on a boat or boat, you can fully explore the scenic spots, visit the island on which the atmosphere and life of the traditional village of immigrants of the 19th century are recreated, as well as stay on one of the islets and just walk around the territory, enjoying the beauty of nature.
Fans of religious buildings and medieval attractions should visit the city of Montreal, located in the province of Quebec. The Notre-Dame de Montreal Basilica, built in the Neo-Gothic style, the Oratorio of St. Joseph (one of the most popular churches of the city), the Notre-Dame-de-Nays cemetery, where prominent celebrities, politicians and writers rest, are definitely worthy of attention. Tourists with children will be interested in visiting the planetarium, the Sit de Le Havre park, and the botanical garden. Fans of hiking will surely remember McGill University Avenue, Lurie Avenue and Montcland.
If you have a few days before the end of your vacation, go to the most beautiful province of Canada - Quebec. When traveling by rental car, take the time to visit the Quebec Museum of Fine Arts, the Citadel that surrounds the Old Town, Place-Royale (the very place where Samuel de Champlain landed). If you don’t want to end with adventures on this, be sure to ride a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of the Old Town. Between excursions, sample various cuisines at local restaurants. In the province, in the first week of February and in the middle of July, carnivals are held - completely unforgettable events.
Carp Road, Carp www.alicesvillagecafe.com
From 6 a.m. at the Alice´s Village Cafe, guests are greeted by polite waiters, offering the freshest and most delicious breakfast dishes. The menu offers a wide selection of Canadian dishes, homemade food, and large portions. For those who hold some beliefs or who have health restrictions, a vegetarian menu and a menu with gluten-free dishes are developed. Soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts - everything is invariably delicious and is prepared clearly with the observance of technology.
7 Springfield Rd frasercafe.ca
For lunch or lunch, Fraser Cafe is the place to go. It is worth trying Arctic char, duck according to a company’s recipe, and octopus as an appetizer. In addition to dessert, you can order coffee or a bottle of wine, in the choice of which it is better to trust the waiter. By the way, the restaurant is perfect for celebrating a birthday or wedding anniversary. Friendly staff will help you to comfortably accommodate a large company and make your holiday unforgettable.
St. Joseph Blvd www.occokitchen.com
Looking for a cozy place where you can have a quick bite to eat? Take a look at the Occo kitchen. Here you can try fish tacos, a specialty hamburger, french fries, salad to your taste. There are special offers for vegetarians. If you have any wishes for cooking, tell the waiter, they will take care of this. To quickly get to the restaurant, and after lunch go on a tour, rent a car.
1 York St www.playfood.ca
For a glass of wine and hearty snacks, head to Play Food & Wine. The restaurant has an extensive menu, so for each family member there is something special. Inside, a cozy atmosphere reigns, and the unusual design attracts the eye while waiting for the order. It is worth tasting sweet and spicy tapas, tofu, juicy steak, dumplings, halloumi. By the way, here it will also be convenient to settle down with a company of friends and be sure that no one will hear your conversations.
150 Elgin St www.beckta.com
If you are looking for a place to spend your evening fun, opt for Beckta Dining & Wine. When preparing for dinner in this establishment, it is better to choose clothes that are more charged to feel exactly at your best. The guests are greeted by polite staff, helps to comfortably accommodate, and the sommelier gives recommendations on the expense of wine based on your preferences. If you are hungry, be sure to try the steak, mussels, a sandwich with stewed pork, fettuccine. It is better to book a table for the evening in advance.
100 Coventry Rd
+1 613-741-2300 hamptoninn3.hilton.com/hampton-inn-by-hilton-ottawa double room - from € 164
Planning to travel around Ottawa with a rental car? Offering free underground parking, the Hampton Inn by Hilton Ottawa is an excellent option. It is located close to the center, so you can quickly get to anywhere in the city. The rooms are spacious, cleanliness is maintained daily. In the morning, delicious breakfasts are available to suit all tastes. You can relax and recharge in the pool or fitness center.
For a business trip, Cartier Place Suite Hotel is suitable. The rooms are comfortably equipped to relax and work. Special family rooms are available for couples with children. The hotel staff is attentive and helpful, in any situation will come to the rescue. In case of need for negotiations, a conference room is equipped, to celebrate an important event - a banquet room. Those who adhere to a healthy lifestyle will enjoy spending time in the pool and fitness center.
If you are looking for a budget one-two-night stay, opt for the Adam's Airport Inn. The rooms are spacious and comfortably equipped. Fridge, internet, free calls around the city, fresh press - at your disposal will be everything you need. Hearty breakfasts are served in the mornings, and there is an excellent restaurant nearby where you can spend your evening time. The hotel has competent staff, so every member of the family will surely be comfortable here.
Want to stay away from noisy streets, but at the same time, to quickly get a car to the center and main attractions? The Rideau Heights Inn is perfect. It offers spacious rooms and hearty meals in the morning. There is a lawn near the hotel where you can stroll with your pet or play with your child. The staff is extremely polite and courteous, quickly responds to requests and helps in any matter.
Brookstreet Hotel is located outside the city, which means that you can enjoy walking in the evenings with children, breathing fresh air and enjoying the beauty of nature. Nearby are shops, restaurants, a shopping center. It offers spacious and bright apartments equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. For leisurely leisure equipped: golf course, fitness center, spa area, bar.
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