One of the biggest reasons to visit Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is to see its architecture. Parliament Hill is an area full of Gothic parliament buildings adorned with copper-topped turrets and gargoyles. The Centre Block is the main building, and it supports the Peace Tower, which is the tallest structure in Ottawa.
Built in 1841, the Notre Dame Cathedral-Basilica is the oldest church in the city and features wooden carvings.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization documents the country's history, whereas the Canadian War Museum traces its military history. Merchants sell souvenirs and fresh food at the ByWard Market, an old, 1840s brick building.
Rideau Canal is an UNESCO historic site with parks and lakes. TD Place features a stadium and arena that have hosted World Cup games, hockey games and other sporting events as well as performances by famous musical artists.
Hints and tips
When you fly to Ottawa, you will likely arrive via Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW), which is 9.32 miles south of the city. Car rental agencies have counters at the airport and around town.
About 20 blocks south of Parliament Hill is the central bus station, and VIA Rail Station is 4.35 miles southeast of the downtown area. Popular events include the Winterlude Festival in February and Ottawa Bluesfest in June.