Best Things To Do in Ottawa, Canada

Whether you're visiting Ottawa for a few days or are a localite, Ottawa is sure to have something new for you. Explore our guide that tells you about the best tourist places to visit and things to do in Ottawa. This guide will give you an idea about the popular attractions, upcoming tourist spots, and off-beat things to do in Ottawa. This makes it easy to plan weekends or long vacations in Ottawa. We have compiled this cool stuff to do in Ottawa keeping in mind the points of interest for families, groups, and romantic couples. Looking at the activities for adventure junkies in Ottawa listed here will get the blood rushing and adrenaline pumping through your veins.

Check out free places to visit in Ottawa which you can visit without spending a penny. Handpicked tours, day trips, and excursions in Ottawa will make your visit comfortable. You will also find the opening and closing time, along with the time required to cover major attractions. This will help you to have a flawless plan without much hassle. We have also included eateries in Ottawa recommended by locals.

Tourist Attractions in Ottawa

Take a look at these famous tourist attractions in Ottawa that are a must-visit!

  1. #1 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 1017 itineraries
    Parliament Hill

    Address: Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4, Canada

    Feel close to political royalty by taking a tour of the Parliament Hill and Buildings. The parliament suite which still houses the Canadian legislature, was built in 1859 and is one of the most visite...Read more

  2. #2 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 683 itineraries
    Rideau Canal

    Tags: Water Body

    Address: Ottawa, ON, Canada

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The Rideau Canal forms the longest ice-skating rink in the world during winter and offers a range of activities including camping and boating all year round. Opened in the 1830’s as a strategic ...Read more

  3. #3 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 489 itineraries
    Canadian War Museum

    Tags: Museum, Specialty Museum

    Address: 1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8, Canada

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Canadian War Museum was built in 1880 and houses a colossal collection of over 50,0000 items that portray all the aspects of the history Canadian Military. The permanent collection includes the st...Read more

  4. #4 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 884 itineraries
    Byward Market

    Tags: Market

    Address: Byward Market, Ottawa, ON, Canada

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Offering a mad-mix of bustling cafes, pubs, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, museums, salons and shops, the ByWard Market is Canada’s oldest public market. Whether you love fashion or are ...Read more

  5. #5 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 1154 itineraries
    National Gallery Of Canada

    Tags: Art Gallery, Sculpture

    Address: 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    With a huge spider sculpture welcoming you at the entrance, you get ready to see the surreal collection of National Gallery of Canada. The Gallery was founded in 1880 and is by far, one of the best ar...Read more

  6. #6 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 1149 itineraries
    Canadian Museum Of Nature

    Tags: Museum

    Address: 240 McLeod St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2R1, Canada

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Canadian Museum of Nature is one of the most popular kids’ attractions in Ottawa with a rich collection of fossils, mineral and rocks, exhibits of wild animals, birds and insects and a stunn...Read more

  7. #7 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 447 itineraries
    Canada Aviation And Space Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Rockcliffe Flying Club, 11 Aviation Parkaway, Ottawa, ON K1K 2X5, Canada

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Canada Aviation and Space Museum showcases the history of the country’s aviation and has a collection of military and civilian aircrafts, helicopters and prototypes, bush-planes that date ba...Read more

  8. #8 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 963 itineraries
    Peace Tower

    Tags: Landmark, Tower

    Address: Peace Tower, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6, Canada

    The Peace Tower was added to the Parliament Buildings in the 1920’s and today it is one of the finest examples of Gothic design with a number of gargoyles, friezes and other stone sculptures tha...Read more

  9. #9 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 1051 itineraries
    Notre Dame Basilica

    Tags: Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: 385 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 1J9, Canada

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    The Notre Dame Basilica was built from 1841 to 1885 and is the oldest building in Ottawa. The present day basilica stands on the grounds of the prior St. Jacques Church that was built in 1832. Today, ...Read more

  10. #10 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 555 itineraries
    Diefenbunker - Canadas Cold War Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: 3929 Carp Rd, Carp, ON K0A 1L0, Canada

    Timings: 11:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    The Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum was built during the Cold War as an emergency underground bunker. The bunker was built to protect incase of a Nuclear attack and still reminds the world abou...Read more

  11. #11 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 665 itineraries
    Royal Canadian Mint

    Tags: Museum

    Address: 320 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G8, Canada

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The Royal Canadian Mint designs and produces all of the country’s coins in gold, silver, platinum and palladium and manufactures coins on behalf of other countries as well. Esteemed medals are a...Read more

  12. #12 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 731 itineraries
    National War Memorial

    Tags: War Memorial

    Address: Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5A4, Canada

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The National War Memorial was established in 1939 to pay tribute to the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I, World War II, Second Boer War, War in Afghanistan and the Korean War....Read more

  13. #13 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 410 itineraries
    Ottawa Locks

    Address: Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4, Canada

    Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    The Ottawa Locks consist of 8 locks that link the Ottawa river to the Rideau Canal. The locks provide a lift of 24 meters and is still manually operated. The boat rides take you to the locks and also ...Read more

  14. #14 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 563 itineraries
    Haunted Walk Of Ottawa

    Address: 46 1/2 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8, Canada

    Ottawa’s hauntings have been captured by many television shows and paranormal detectives and to taste a slice of its legendary tales, the Haunted Walk of Ottawa is as close to Ghosts as you can ...Read more

  15. #15 of 209 Things To Do in Ottawa
    - Used in 411 itineraries
    Rideau Hall

    Tags: Architecture , Hall

    Address: 1 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1, Canada

    Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Built in 1838, the Rideau Hall is the official residence of the Canadian Monarch and the Governor General of Canada. Take a tour where the Governor welcomes dignitaries from all over the world. The ro...Read more

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  • suggestion re: half day or day trips to interesting areas/towns outside of greater Ottawa

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    • You may enjoy visiting the  Bonnechere Caves, Old Montreal, Upper Canada Village, or Gananoque for a day trip from Ottawa.

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