Visit Ottawa - Best of Ottawa

Capital of Canada, the most educated city in the country, a city with some great standard of living, these are few things through which Ottawa is known throughout the world. Even though the popular Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal enjoy the crowd’s attention but it is Ottawa that still lies underrated. There is so much to experience and so much to explore, that by not visiting this incredible city, you might miss out on something very important. The city has everything- ancient wonders and modern marvels. A perfect combination of both the new and vintage eras, Ottawa has a plentiful of leisure attractions, outdoor activities, historic and cultural attractions. There are some really incredible things to do, during your trip to Ottawa and make the most out of it. Parliament Hill, Canadian War Museum, Peace Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, Bytown Museum, Centre Block, Currency Museum, Laurier House, Major’s Hill Park and National War Memorial are some of the prominent places which should be seen during your visit to Ottawa.

The best time to visit Ottawa is during the months of March to May and that period is ideal to indulge in some interesting activities. Also, there are many events and festivals like Winterlude and Christmas celebrated around the city of Ottawa to celebrate the culture and traditions of the country. The city also has a good variety of restaurants and having Beaver Tail once you’re here is mandatory. There are many bars, pubs, clubs and cafes in Ottawa and thus it has a bustling nightlife.

Ottawa Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Ottawa tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (UTC-08:00)
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Language: English is the predominant language.
  • Electricity and Internet: Sockets used in Ottawa is "TypeB" North American NEMA 5- 15 standard and voltage being the standard 110V. Wifi services are available at major public places, hotels, cafes, restaurants as well.
  • Tipping: Tipping is followed in Canada in return of the services provided to you by the waiter or the taxi driver. You can tip about 5-10 percent of the total bill amount.
  • Other tips: Ottawa is one of the most educated cities in the world and hence people here are quite liberal in their thoughts. They are also open to people with different castes, religions, race and even sexual preference.

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Ottawa Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Ottawa

  • Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water
    Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water53 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    Experience the thrills of Ottawa and Gatineau from both land and water on an amphibious vehicle tour of Canadas capital city....

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  • 2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour
    2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour8 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour bike tour of Ottawa that shows you many of downtown Ottawa's major attractions on its beautiful and ...

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  • Best of Ottawa Bike Tour
    Best of Ottawa Bike Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 7 Hrs

    Explore Canada's capital city of Ottawa on this guided, 5-hourbike tour which covers about 30-32 kilometers (18-20 miles).For...

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  • Canadian War Museum Admission
    Canadian War Museum AdmissionNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Days

    Canada's rich military history is showcased through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentation...

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Facts and Stats for Ottawa*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ottawa

    Know the pollution level of Ottawa before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 11.22 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 24.3 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.68 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 19.93 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 10.14 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 23.21 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 8.88 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.86 (Very Low)
  • Ottawa: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Ottawa for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ottawa.

    • Burglary and Theft 20.66 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 18.39 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 24.65 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 24.66 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 13.91 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 27.11 (Low)
    • Attacks 20.98 (Low)
    • Drug offense 40.69 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90.92 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 71.38 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 24.83 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.85 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 33.16 (Low)
  • Living in Ottawa - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Ottawa is 201.25 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 74.81 (High)
    • Climate Index 44.46 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 17.85 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.8 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 63.83 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 73.32 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.6 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 148.7 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ottawa

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ottawa

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.91 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.98 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.37 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 48.25 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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