A Tourist’s Guide To Ottawa: What To See And Do
Ottawa is the capital city of Canada and is packed with things to see and do. If you’re thinking about visiting the gorgeous city, take a look at our brief tourist guide to Ottawa with recommendations on what to do.
Visit Parliament Hill
Parliament Hill, known by locals as The Hill, is located in downtown Ottawa and home to the Parliament of Canada. The site consists of three buildings as a vast garden which often hosts various shows, demonstrations and festivals. Parliament Hill is open to tours several times a day where tourists can explore the gothic buildings and take a deeper dive into the history and politics of Ottawa and Canada.
The site and its grounds were classed as National Historic Sites of Canada since 1976. Extensions have been made to Parliament Hill’s parliament and department buildings, and a fire in 1916 burned down the Centre Block but led to the construction of the Peace Tower in 1927. However, the site has been under a giant $1 billion renovation project since 2002 which is expected to be complete after 2028.
Check Out The Rideau Carleton Casino
Online gambling is legal in Canada but the Rideau Carleton Casino is one of the only casinos found in Ottawa. The venue offers guests over 1,200 slot machines as well as more than 35 different table games for Blackjack, Baccarat, Texas Hold’em Poker, Roulette, and so much more.
There’s also the Pulse Arena which offers electronic table games as well as live dealer games - allowing guests to play multiple games at the same time. If that’s not enough, the Pulse Arena features live music, DJs, and entertainment too to keep you entertained.
Go Shopping At ByWard Market
ByWard Market is one of the oldest markets in Canada and can be found in central Ottawa. It’s filled with dozens of open-air stalls where you can purchase food, flowers and other grocery items. There’s also the Author’s Market where regional authors can promote their books and interact with locals.
If that doesn’t interest you, ByWard Market is also filled with various restaurants and fast-food stalls for anyone who needs a snack, and the site is also home to various events and activities to keep everyone busy.
Spook Yourself On Haunted Walk Tours
One of the most popular activities to do in Ottawa is Haunted Walk tours in which a group of people are taken on a spooky walking tour across the city. Guides, who are appropriately dressed in black robes and carry lanterns, take you across the city and some of Ottawa's most famous haunted spots including Bytown Museum, the haunted high school, and the Fairmont Château Laurier. Along the way, You’ll learn about the history of these locations and be told ghost stories that will make your skin crawl.
Visit Rideau Hall
Rideau Hall is the home of the Canadian monarch. Equivalent to London’s Buckingham Palace, the site is visited by thousands of tourists every year and was recognised as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1977. Tourists can enjoy tours throughout the building all-year-round, offering a glimpse into the building’s grandiose.
These are some of the things you can do when visiting Ottawa, but there’s still plenty more that we haven’t covered here. Ottawa is a wonderful city and well worth visiting, so what are you waiting for?
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