Visit one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets with streets of local artisans, specialty food shops and fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables from local farmers year-round. The downtown market, just a short walk from Parliament Hill, also houses numerous cafés and some of the city’s best pubs and restaurants.
National Capital Greenbelt
You wouldn’t have guessed it, but Ottawa’s city centre is only a 20-minute car ride away from the largest publicly owned greenbelt in the world. With 20,000 hectares of green space stretching through Ottawa from east to west, the Greenbelt is a great place to enjoy outdoor recreation, like hiking, and to learn about the natural world.
Canadian Museum of History
With the world’s largest collection of totem poles and over 5 million artifacts, the museum dedicates itself to 1,000 years of Canadian history. Visitors can learn about the arrival of the Vikings, art and traditions of Canada’s First Peoples and the country’s 275 ethnic groups.
See the city from a different perspective with a boat cruise on the Ottawa River. While aboard guests are told of the legends that have built both Ottawa and Gatineau into the cities they are today.