Ottawa is the beautiful capital of Canada. Situated on the Ottawa River, it is a relaxed city with high levels of education, a high standard of living and a rich array of activities and special places to discover.
The city is perfectly designed for tourism. You will never run out of things to do, with a plethora of free guided tours, concerts, cultural demonstrations, and light-and-sound shows.
In the center of Ottawa is the historical Rideau Canal. During summer, it is teeming with boats and the pathways around it are trodden by walkers and runners. Some boats can be rented for tours. In winter, the canal becomes the world’s largest skating rink with a size comparable to 90 Olympic hockey rinks.
If you want to have fun at night, the ByWard Market is the place to go to. It is one of Canada’s oldest and biggest markets and boasts vendors selling winter items, souvenirs, and famous local food like poutine and beaver tails.
It also hosts quite a number of nightlife spots, restaurants, and boutiques.
The most active neighbourhoods in Ottawa are Centretown, ByWard Market, New Edinburgh, and Sandy Hill, which is just a kilometre away from Parliament Hill, and where you'll find the University of Ottawa.
The quieter but more affluent New Edinburgh is slightly further from downtown but people here still enjoy the nightlife offered by the ByWard Market’s bistros, bars, clubs and restaurants.
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