Bordering the province of Quebec and the fourth largest metropolitan area in Canada is Ottawa, Canada’s Capital. As the country’s capital city, Ottawa is best known as being home to the seat of federal government. But behind that façade lies an architecturally stunning city with a unique combination of urban and rural experiences. From cultural performances at the National Arts Centre to street performers in the Market, the ambiance in Ottawa is ever changing. Festivals, sporting events and exhibits at over 29 local museums present visitors and residents alike with a wonderful menu of things to see and do. The changing seasons offer highlights as well – spring, with over 3 million tulips in bloom, summer, with an action-packed festival and event schedule; fall, with the beautiful changing colours, and in winter, the world’s largest skating rink.
The famous Rideau Canal is a great way to take advantage of a sunny winter's day in the Capital. The rink offers 7.8 kilometres of uninterrupted skating, enough to keep anyone warm on a cold winter day. The National Gallery of Canada, a visual arts museum of international stature, holds its collections of art in trust for all Canadians. Parliament Hill is among Canada's most recognizable heritage sites. The Parliament Buildings on the hill are historical monuments, architectural treasures, and an important national symbol cherished by all Canadians.
A mere 10 minutes from the downtown core are the Gatineau Hills and Park, which offer outstanding recreational opportunities and breathtaking views. 363 square kilometres provide an unspoiled setting for fans of cross-country and downhill skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and other outdoor activities. In the forests of Gatineau Park can be found 60-odd species of trees, a wide variety of animals and countless crystalline lakes.
The nation’s capital is full of culture and entertainment, as well as having a great selection of accommodation.
Not far to the south lie beautiful, historical Brockville and the recreated 1860’s village at Morrisburg.