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Visiting Ottawa

Canada’s capital is a jewel in the crown of the Great White North—and since legend has it that it’s “the most educated city in the world,” you’ll be guaranteed a good answer if you happen to ask for directions. In summer, bask in a boat on the gorgeous Rideau Canal. In winter, it freezes over and you can ice skate in the very same spot.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Ottawa. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Ottawa flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo. ... Read More
Canada’s capital is a jewel in the crown of the Great White North—and since legend has it that it’s “the most educated city in the world,” you’ll be guaranteed a good answer if you happen to ask for directions. In summer, bask in a boat on the gorgeous Rideau Canal. In winter, it freezes over and you can ice skate in the very same spot.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Ottawa. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Ottawa flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Ottawa

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The Princess and the Tulip - the History of the Tulip Festival

Written by girlfromals on 29 May, 2004

When strolling through the parks watching all the children run around and tourists taking pictures of the blooming flowers, it is hard to remember that the Tulip Festival was born out of one of Europe's darkest chapters -- World War II. When the Germans invaded the…Read More


Parliament Hill

Written by gingerella on 18 May, 2004

So you brought the kids, and grandma, to Ottawa - what are you going to do to keep everyone happy? HELLO?! What are you going to do first, is the question! There are so many places it can actually be a bit much to wrap…Read More


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Ottawa Winter Carnival

Written by larryr on 15 Feb, 2003

The view from our room in the historic Lord Elgin Hotel was spectacular. To top it off we were so close to everything that was available to see and do. We had no idea what a great choice we had made until we got there. From…Read More


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Gift of the Gods

Written by girlfromals on 09 Aug, 2005

When I saw the posters go up for Gift of the Gods, I promised myself that I'd see this exhibit early. The inner procrastinator got the better of me, and I found myself visiting the museum on the last weekend of the show.…Read More


Bus Bus Get on the Bus!

Written by girlfromals on 30 Jun, 2003

One of the great things about living in Canada's capital city is the decent bus system. Here are a few tips to help you plan your way around Ottawa by bus. Boy, do I wish I had known some of these things before I moved…Read More


O Ottawa

Written by J.D. on 05 Nov, 2000

Ottawa is a beautiful city. Among the things that we most enjoyed in our two days in Ottawa were: Parliament Hill. Unlike Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., you can really enjoy the parliament buildings as well as the grounds. There…Read More


Exploring Byward Market

Written by Quan on 03 Jan, 2001

I was drawn to Byward Market with the promise of french pastries. Having lived in France for a year, I miss the pastries, and search for them in all of my travels. Though it feels a bit like betrayal, I have to admit…Read More


Changing & Handling Money in Canada

Written by Jim Rosenberg on 22 Mar, 2001

If you're coming to Canada from the U.S., your transition to Canadian money will be a simple one that does not require much advance planning. Unless you have a bank that really specializes in making Canadian currency exchanges, you are probably better off not…Read More


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A Capital Experience: Beautiful Ottawa, Ontario

Written by Jim Rosenberg on 28 Sep, 2000

Sometimes considered little more than an add-on to other, more popular Canadian destinations such as Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City, Canada's capital city is a refreshing contrast to the crowds and more challenging logistics of larger North American cities. Friendly, meticulously cared-for, safe and…Read More


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Ottawa For Free

Written by Re Carroll on 28 Apr, 2002

Many of the museums and attractions are free year round so its easy to have fun in Ottawa without spending much, if any, money. They are also located close together so you can leave your car at the hotel and not even pay…Read More


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