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What to do in Ottawa
Ottawa is the exciting capital of Canada, and it was built to attract tourists from all over the world. There’s plenty to see and do for all types of travellers to enjoy, from museums to thrilling outdoor adventures, it’s all here in Ottawa!
Take a cab to Parliament Hill and visit the number one attraction in Ottawa. Catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony during summer mornings, and don’t miss the spectacular Sound and Light show that make Parliament Hill come alive at night.
In Ottawa, you can experience the best in Canada all in one place. Enjoy the world-class art display of the stunning National Gallery of Canada. Learn more about the country’s dramatic history at the Canadian War Museum. Then visit the UNESCO listed Rideau Canal to cruise the waterway with boaters from spring to fall or get a chance to skate at the world’s biggest naturally frozen skating rink in winter.
If you want a tour of Ottawa on both land and water, just hop on the Lady Dive Amphibus. Walk across Ottawa’s picturesque ByWard Market courtyards with your camera. There are also plenty of restaurants, shopping options, and clubs in this historic farmers’ market too!
Looking to catch a show? Take your pick from the lineup of music, dance, and theatre from the National Arts Centre, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa Little Theatre, and The Gladstone.
Adventure seekers can also have endless fun in Ottawa. Feel the thrill of white water rafting and kayaking on the Ottawa River. Jump for joy at the Great Canadian Bungee. Then cycle your way around natural areas, parks, gardens, and national sites all over the city.
When to visit Ottawa
The best time to visit Ottawa is between March to May for reasonable room prices, the city is starting to warm up, and there are fewer tourists too. Save money on airfare too by booking flights for May and June because they are the cheapest times to fly to Ottawa.
Australia citizens need an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to fly to Canada and visit Ottawa. Just visit the High Commission of Canada in Australia to find out how to secure your eTA and Smartraveller for more travel info.
Travelling to and around Ottawa
After your plane lands at Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, you can reach the city centre by taxi, shuttle, car rental, and ride share apps. You can travel around Ottawa and explore by rail, bus, taxi, rental car, bicycle, and on foot.
Temperature average in May
7.2 - 18.3°C
Rainfall average in May
Cheapest time to fly to Ottawa (YOW)
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