Here are the must sees when visiting Ottawa and countryside.
- Parliament Hill is the seat of Canada's government and the setting for national celebrations year round. Tours are offered daily and admission is free.
10. Walk or Bike the city and see sculptures.
- Hockey Player
- Queen Elizabeth Monument
- John By, Engineered Rideau Canals
In fall, the forest is a burst of color surrounding this (9 mile) self-drive Canadian safari. Only 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa in the rural area of Montebello, Quebec, you’re right in the center of Canadian wildlife in their natural habitats. The park even offers overnight accommodation options, including glamping in a beautiful yurt-like Wi-Tent, or observing real wolves in their den from the panoramic windows of a Wolf Cabin
With 64 different climbing routes over five different rock faces, the picturesque Eardley Escarpment in Gatineau Park is worth scaling for the view – once you get to the top, of course! Accessible all year-round, see breathtaking views of the Ottawa Valley from 300 meters up.They also have zip lining and bungee jumping close by.
Take a cruise on the St. Lawrence River. You will love to see the 120 room Boldt Castle. A tour of the castle is optional. Check out the tours at Gananoque Boat Line, GanBoatLine.com. Thousand Island Dressing was named after all the islands.
Ottawa has perfected the festival. In the fall specifically, Fall Rhapsody is a must. Throughout the rest of the year there is no shortage of options, which include the Canadian Tulip Festival, Canada Day celebrations, the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light and Winterlude. For the music lover don't miss RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest and the CityFolk Festival.