Ottawa

Canada's capital city, Ottawa, is an energetic and friendly place with a selection of landmarks and activities to enjoy.

Sightseeing is a popular excursion for most holidaymakers. See the impressive, Gothic-style Parliament buildings found on Ottawa River, before enjoying canoeing, hiking, golfing, skating, and fishing along the renowned Rideau Canal. There's a variety of interactive museums, historic sites and galleries to visit, alongside streets of unique boutiques and sprawling malls to explore during the day. At night, Ottawa is a great place to experience entertaining nightlife. See a theatre show, relax in an Irish pub, dance to live music at a jazz bar; or unwind with a cocktail in a lounge to end your day.

With a diverse dining scene influenced by cuisines from across the globe, Ottawa is a remarkable place.


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Ottawa facts at a glance
Flight time:
7 hours
Time difference:
-5 hours
Currency:
Canadian dollar
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

A good time to visit Ottawa is between June and August, when temperatures usually reach about 25°C-28°C. However, spring and autumn are still relatively warm, and you can also enjoy the popular Winterlude Festival if you visit in February. From November to January, Ottawa is very cold. But it's a great time to visit if you want to enjoy winter sports!

Things to do

There's plenty for visitors of all ages to do in Ottawa. Rideau Canal is one of the city's most popular attractions and is ideal for cycling, skating and sailing. Take a sightseeing cruise to make sure you don't miss anything; ride a horse through Ottawa Valley; and explore the natural world at the Canadian Museum of Nature. There are many landmarks to visit, including: Gothic-style Parliament Hill, elegant National Gallery of Canada, fascinating Canadian War Museum, and beautiful Peace Tower or you can relax and stroll around the pretty Ottawa Park. A short drive away, you also have the mountain resort of Calabogie where you can enjoy skiing and dog-sledding!

Food and drink

Ottawa's dining scene is a mix of cuisines from across the world. You can find everything from burger bars and steakhouses, to authentic pizzerias and gourmet restaurants. Enjoy a fine dining experience at Beckta; try traditional poutine at Wilf & Ada's diner; savour oysters and calamari at French-themed Metropolitan Brasserie; and order towering burgers from OCCO Kitchen.

In the evening

The ByWard Market neighbourhood is the centre of Ottawa nightlife. Home to diverse bars and clubs playing a range of music — including jazz, Latin and country — it's a lively place to socialise. Visit The Whiskey Bar, Vineyard's Wine Bar Bistro, and Heart and Crown Irish Pub, or choose from a menu of more than 150 types of ale at The Bier Markt while enjoying rock and soul music! See a hockey match at Canadian Tire Centre; watch live shows at Ottawa Little Theatre; and head to the casino for slot machines and poker games.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

Please check that you have the correct travel and medical insurance before you visit Canada. You should also consult your GP six to eight weeks before you travel for advice on possible vaccinations and medication.

You must ensure that you have the correct visa for your destination and visitors travelling to Canada must have an electronic travel authorisation (eTA). Browse the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (https://www.fco.gov.uk) for up-to-date information about entry requirements.

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