Canada’s capital Ottawa was without any doubt one of my stops on my itinerary. The only thing I knew was that I really wanted to visit Parliament Hill, to see where all the important decisions are made in Canada. But after spending three lovely days in Ottawa I left the city, impressed by everything I did, saw and experienced those past three days.
For some reason I find capital cities very interesting to visit. They always have that extra something to offer. When traveling the East of Canada for about two weeks I visited Ottawa. Please let me take you to Ottawa, tell you all about this wonderful capital city, and make you just as excited about Ottawa as I am.
On my East Coast trip in Canada and the USA I also visited places like Arowhon Pines, Niagara Falls US side, stayed at the Fairmont Quebec, and many more adventures. Almost forgetting about my helicopter flight over NY as well as my helicopter tour over the Niagara Falls.
The capital of Canada is located in Ontario at the Quebec border, it’s a place where you’ll hear English as well as French spoken in the streets; where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous tourist attractions, including the Rideau Canal. A city where you’ll find world-class museums and galleries displaying national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world.
As a city Ottawa has celebrations and events going on throughout the year, beginning each year in February with Winterlude, followed by the Canadian Tulip Festival in May, then heating up July 1st with the biggest Canada Day celebration in the country, and of course some headliner summer music festivals. Ottawa events are some of Canada’s best.
In 2017 Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary. On the occasion of this anniversary many new things were added to the city of Ottawa. Some of these new additions include the ‘Ottawa’ letters at the ByWard Market and the Arctic part of the Museum of Nature.
I visited Ottawa late September, and thought I would visit a more quiet city this time of year. That was not the case. September and October are actually quite busy months for the city of Ottawa. Students from across Canada come to visit the Parliament buildings as part of the education.
Start with Parliament Hill, one of Canada’s most iconic sites and absolutely a must see in Ottawa. Right in front of the parliament buildings you’ll first see the Centennial Flame. The flame commemorates Canada’s 100th anniversary as a confederation. The fountain surrounding the flame contains the shields of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. The flame was erected as a temporary monument, but due to great public support it still stands today.
Probably located at the best and most beautiful location in Ottawa, the Parliament buildings overlook the majestic Ottawa River. Even though Parliament Hill is home to the country’s federal government, as a visitor you’re more than welcome on-site for free tours, all year long. Definitely the best free thing to do in Ottawa.