Visitors to the city of Ottawa will find plenty of things to do in this great capital city. With all the sites to see and experiences to be had you can be sure to find something that will entice your whole family. Here are just six easy-to-visit Ottawa vacation sites in Canada’s capital that visitors must see.
The Parliament buildings are on a hill above the Ottawa River. A panoramic view of the city is visible from the Peace Tower here. Things to see include sculptures of famous Canadians on the grounds and elaborate carved stonework on the buildings. Visitors can see a Changing of the Guard ceremony and a light show. The East Block area of the buildings is open for tours during the summer. This tour takes visitors through rooms that are furnished the way there were during the 19th century.
There is something to do all year long on this canal that runs through Ottawa. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboats are available for rent between May and the beginning of October. Visitors can take sightseeing cruises along the canal. There are scenic trails along the canal for bicyclists. The part of the canal that runs through Ottawa becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway during the winter.
This museum is on the Rideau Canal in a building that dates back to the early 19th century. Visitors can see artifacts here that date back to Ottawa’s early days when it was known as Bytown. Exhibits here tell the story of Ottawa’s transformation from the lumber town of Bytown into the country’s capital city.
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Visitors can learn about Canada’s achievements in technology and science here. Interactive exhibits here have dials, levers and buttons. Laboratory equipment, surveying tools and hand tools are some of the things to see. Visitors can learn about locomotives, canoes and bicycles.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Children will enjoy seeing alpacas, goats and pigs at this farm in the middle of the city. Visitors can take wagon rides through the farm during nice weather. There are places to picnic and a play structure on the museum’s grounds. The museum has an interactive exhibit on renewable energy. Things to see include a tractor and a wagon from the early 20th century.
The entrance to this park is less than three miles from downtown Ottawa. Visitors can go swimming, boating and fishing here during the summer. There are trails for hiking, biking and skating. Winter visitors can go cross-country skiing here.
Travelers who see these six sites in Ottawa will, no doubt, enjoy their time in Canada’s capital. Spending your time wisely will lead to a greater overall trip so don’t miss out on anything when next visiting Ottawa.
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