Ottawa is Canada’s capital city and the fourth largest one in the country, and is located in the southeastern region within driving distance of both Montreal and Toronto.
For visitors, Ottawa has plenty of attractions to recommend with a good selection of sightseeing highlights suitable for trips in the warmer seasons as well as winter sports perfect for those vacationing during the colder periods of the year. Ottawa is relatively small compared to many of the world’s capital cities; however, it is still very much on the map as one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations.
Once you arrive in the city, you’ll find a comprehensive network of bus services provided by OC Transpo which allows you to get around all the main districts. Car hire companies at the airport and in the city itself provide rental service for those who prefer to find their own way around. Taxis meanwhile are readily available and can be flagged down in the street, hired from stands or pre-booked by telephone.
Being a city with a fascinating history, it is no surprise that Ottawa offers a great selection of sights based on historical, cultural and heritage-based themes. A trip to the city would not be complete without checking out the Parliament Buildings, while a visit to the National Art Gallery of Canada certainly needs to be placed high up on any agenda. The city’s historic Rideau Canal plus countless museums also features on visitors’ lists of the most popular places to see in Ottawa.
Both Montreal and Toronto are within reasonable driving distance from Ottawa and present good opportunities for a day out, especially if you have a rental vehicle. Additionally, trips can be organized and booked with local travel agents to destinations such as Merrickville, Brockville, Gananoque, Tremblant, Kingston, Picton and Monteb.