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As Canada's capital city, Ottawa has a lot to offer. It's a vibrant and metropolitan district with plenty of activities to keep you busy.
Find a FlipKey property that's perfect for you, either on the outskirts of the city or in the center, and you'll be on your way to an unforgettable vacation.
As with most Canadian cities, the First Nations set up camp in Ottawa thousands of years ago. They're still celebrated today, and you can learn more about them in many of the museums.
The city is right on the south bank of the Ottawa River, so it is no surprise that early explorers were impressed by the waterfalls and the grand nature of the river itself. Why not explore it during your stay by taking a boat tour?
Today, Ottawa is a thriving metropolis that is known for its culture, architecture and sports. While you're there, you'll probably see a festival or two, and plenty of special exhibits that will help you understand what modern Ottawa is really about.
There are plenty of things to do and see in Ottawa, but one thing you must do is try poutine. A famous Canadian dish that no one else can really match: cheese curds, chips and gravy. Yum!
What to do
Ottawa's architecture is outstanding. We suggest doing a tour of all the famous buildings. Be sure to include Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall and the Royal Canadian Mint!
If you're a culture enthusiast, there are plenty of museums and galleries for you to explore. The Canadian War Museum is a great place to start, especially if you go on to see Diefenbunker (Canada's Cold War Museum) afterwards.
If you're a fan of adventure, try the Rideau Canal hiking trail. That way you'll see everything Ottawa has to offer, including some hidden gems that most tourists don't get to see.
Before you leave, take a bike trip up to Hogs Back Falls. It's a beautiful 60-foot waterfall where the Rideau River and Rideau Canal part. Just don't forget your camera!
Top Ottawa travel tips
If you want to see the whole city, and learn about its origins, there are many tour services you can use. The tourist buses are excellent and the Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing boat offers a completely different perspective.
While you're there, see if you can catch an Ottawa Senators match at the Tire Centre. Only by going to a hockey match will you be able to understand why Canada is so obsessed with the sport.
Around Ottawa there are plenty of places to eat, drink and relax. But remember, gratuity is not included in Canada, so most waiters will expect a 10-15% tip.
Explore the exciting capital city of Ottawa on your next trip. And after a long day of sightseeing, come home and relax in your hand-picked FlipKey property. It will make your vacation even better!