Ottawa Places

TripWhat's travel guide to the capital city; our list of the best things to see, including The National Arts Centre, Les Brasseurs du Temps and Science and Technology Museum.
  • The best place in Ottawa: The National Arts Centre

    The National Arts Centre

    Canada's NAC is the only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America, and one of the largest in the world.Le CNA est le seul centre des arts de la scène à la fois multidisciplinaire et bilingue en Amérique du Nord.
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  • Les Brasseurs du Temps

    Les Brasseurs du Temps

    170 Rue Montcalm
    Highlights are a "dégustation" (tasting) of their beers, interesting salads and a laid-back atmosphere [19].
  • Science and Technology Museum

    Science and Technology Museum

    The museum has several displays that are popular with children, including massive locomotives inside the building and electricity demonstrations.
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  • In summer, stalls selling fresh produce and flowers line the streets, but even in the middle of winter there are some hardy vendors braving the cold — and maple syrup bought here costs half the price of souvenir shops elsewhere in the city. In the evening, the market shuts down and the area's restaurants, pubs and bars take over as the primary attraction, alongside many street performers.
  • The Fringe Festival

    The Fringe Festival

    another summer offering
    June 20-30, 2013 Ottawa's largest theatre festival Line-up at www.ottawafringe.com
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  • The Tulip Festival

    The Tulip Festival

    a spring bonanza of flowering bulbs
    The Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2012. In commemoration of this historic milestone, join partners, attractions and hundreds of thousands of Festival visitors this May in marking this achievement.
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  • Bar/Billard Le Terminus

    Bar/Billard Le Terminus

    The best place in the Ottawa/Gatineau region to play pool.
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  • Rendez-vous des saveurs de l'Outaouais (Outaouais Food Festival)

    Rendez-vous des saveurs de l'Outaouais (Outaouais Food Festival)

    25 Laurier Street
    Annual food festival held in September. Events include cooking classes and wine tasting.
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  • Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

    Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

    Ottawa Chamberfest 2013: The world's best plays here, July 25 to August 8.
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  • Wonders of Sand

    Wonders of Sand

    Parc du Lac-Beauchamp
    Sand-sculpting competition. Cost: $8.00.
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  • The WORKS Glebe

    The WORKS Glebe

    580 Bank Street
    The WORKS offers 70 FRESH Gourmet burger combinations, fresh cut fries, ice cold beer & hand-made classic shakes – ALL 100 % Canadian
  • La Cigale

    La Cigale

    14, ch Scott, Old Chelsea QC J9B 1R5
    La Cigale is a very popular destination for hikers, bikers, sports teams and other visitors to the park in search of a cool treat on a hot day. Like the carefree cigale of the tale, La Cigale is a true celebration of the essence of summertime.
  • ZenKitchen

    ZenKitchen

    634 Somerset St
    W, is opened in mid-June 2009. Named Ottawa's Best New Restaurant in 2009, it is completely vegan, with full table service, a wine program and summer patio. They also offer vegetarian cooking lessons and special events like wine tastings. Reservations can be made online at www.zenkitchen.ca.
  • Pecco's

    76 rue Laval
    M - W 9:00AM to 18:00PM, Th - F 9:00AM to 20:00PM, Sa 9:00AM to 17:00PM, Su 11:00AM to 16:00PM. Retailer for bicycles and cross-country skis.
  • Miss Chocolat

    173 Promenade du Portage
    Closed Sa, Su & M. Artisan chocolatier specialising in bold flavor combinations. Also offers chocolate workshops.
  • Canadian Ski Marathon

    81 Jean-Proulx
    Held annually in February. A two day cross-country ski marathon from Gatineau to Lachute. Cost: $180.00 per adult.
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  • The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre

    1 Carré Cummings Square
    The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (MHMC) is dedicated to Holocaust education and awareness. It was founded in 1979 by a group of Holocaust survivors. The Centre's mandate is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the genocidal murder of six million Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933-1945.(from Wikipedia)
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  • Canadian Museum of Civilization

    100 Laurier Street, Hull
    Gatineau's star attraction and Canada's most-visited museum deserves at least half a day of your time. General admission $10 (special exhibitions may charge extra), but entry is free on Thursdays from 4 to 8 PM. Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM or longer, closed Mondays in winter only.
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  • Diefenbunker

    3911 Carp Road
    English tours at 2 PM daily all year around, more on weekends and in the summer. $14. Built at the height of the Cold War as the Central Emergency Government Headquarters, this giant four-story underground bunker reinforced to stand a 5-megaton nuclear blast was designed as the site where Canada's leadership could ride out a nuclear holocaust. Decommissioned in 1994, the site is now run by a dedicated group of volunteers working to preserve and restore it to its glory days in those paranoid days, complete with period maps showing what parts of Canada (and the US) would have faced nuclear doom in the event of World War III. Access by guided tour only (90-120 minutes), so book in advance. Bring a sweater, and no photography allowed.
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  • Canada Agriculture Museum

    861 Prince of Wales Dr
    Exhibitions: 9AM-5PM daily late Feb-late Nov. Animal barns: 9AM-5PM daily all year. $7 adults, $6 students/seniors, $4 children 3-14, $16 families (2 adults and 3 children), free for children under 3. Seniors free on Tu. Admission to animal barns is by donation during time of year when the exhibitions are closed. A working animal farm in the city. You can visit animal barns, see various demonstrations and exhibitions, and ride on a horse-drawn wagon. The museum also has a playground and picnic area. It is very popular with young children and a welcome change of pace for kids who have seen enough history after visiting some of the other sights.
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  • Carp Farmers' Market

    3790 Carp Road
    Saturdays 8 AM-1 PM. The largest farmers' market in Eastern Ontario.
  • Canada Day

    celebrate Canada's birthday in Ottawa on July 1
  • Bluesfest

    also in summer: The largest blues festival in Canada
    Many visitors come to Ottawa from Atlantic Canada and New England specifically for Bluesfest.
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  • Grand Hall

    Level 1
    The world's largest collection of totem poles, quite an amazing sight when all assembled together.
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  • Bytown Museum

    1 Canal Ln
    Victoria Day weekend-Thanksgiving Day: F-W 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-9PM. Rest of year: Tu-Su 11AM-4PM. $6 adults, $4 seniors/students/youth, $3 children 5-12, $15 families (2 adults plus three children under 18), free for children 4 and under. Free admission Th 5PM-9PM from Victoria Day-Thanksgiving Day. A small museum at the foot of Parliament Hill with a focus on Ottawa's early history.
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  • La Chocolatière

    1110 Notre-Dame
    Open Thursdays from 5PM-8:30PM and Saturdays from 9AM-noon. Handmade truffles and fine chocolates. Gift boxes are available.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Ottawa uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.