Regarded as one of the world’s most desirable cities to live in, the majestic capital of Canada, Ottawa, is a culturally massive, beautiful hub for 1.2 million people and over 7.3 million visitors. It’s flowing waterways, classic architecture, parks and open spaces galore makes Ottawa one of the most strikingly picturesque cities. This effervescent city boasts countless beaches, parks, waterways, museums, theaters – and the list goes on – which makes boredom in this city simply impossible.
Enjoy the velvet sand and cool blue bay water at one of Ottawa’s many beaches: Britannia Beach, Mooney's Bay Beach, Petrie Island Beach, Westboro Beach or the beaches in Gatineau Park. In addition to Gatineau Park, Confederation Park is considered the main central park in Canada’s capital. Special events and activities like Winterlude, the country’s winter celebration with family, friends and fun, Canada Day and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival all take place in this urban oasis.
Some points of interest would definitely be the Canadian Museum of Civilization which holds over 1000 years of Canadian history making it a serious must-see – the museum also houses the Canadian Children’s Museum, the Canadian Postal Museum and an IMAX Theater. In addition, there is the Currency Museum, the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and the Billings Estate Museum.
By night, the Byward Market is the place to be. It resides in the middle of downtown and encompasses a very laid-back and friendly atmosphere with restaurants, cocktail bars and beaucoup de dancing – especially on Elgin Street. Enjoy the excitement of Casino Lac-Learny where you can watch a show and then indulge in the slot machines and game tables. Or you can experience an artistic evening at the National Gallery of Canada, one of the most respected art institutions in the world. Whether it’s a laid-back, relaxing at the beach period or an expedition of exploration, Ottawa offers a diverse and fulfilling getaway.