Things to Do in Ottawa
As capital cities go, there are plenty of things to do in Ottawa, arguably the most visitor-friendly capital in the world. Small enough that everything worth seeing is within a brisk walk or an inexpensive cab ride, the city is also large enough to have something to offer nearly every taste whether it be cultural, culinary, athletic or historic.
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Five-minute walk | 270m / 0.2mi
Visited by more than three million people each year, Parliament Hill is one of the most popular things to do in Ottawa. Explore solo or take a guided tour of the grounds and monuments. Don't miss the annual Sound and Light Show during the summer months.
Nine-minute walk | 650m / 0.4mi
Indulge in retail therapy at downtown Ottawa's premiere shopping centre featuring over 170 retailers and specialty boutiques. The Rideau Centre is also located adjacent to the Ottawa Convention Centre.
15-minute walk | 1.1km / 0.7mi
Strolling the ByWard Market is an essential thing to do for travelers visiting Ottawa. Aside from containing Canada's oldest continually operating farmer's market, the surrounding area is home to a variety of popular bars and restaurants.
TD Place Stadium
10-minute drive | 3.0km / 1.8mi
Sports fans visiting Ottawa shouldn't miss catching a game at TD Place Stadium, home to the CFL Ottawa Redblacks and NASL Ottawa Fury FC. The stadium has also played host to the Olympic games, FIFA soccer matches, live concerts and so much more.
Downtown Ottawa is home to many cultural and historical museums, providing days of things to do in Ottawa. Some of the most popular museums include:
- National Gallery of Canada - 20-minute walk | 1.4km / 0.9mi
- Canadian Museum of History - Seven-minute drive | 2.7km / 1.7mi
- Canadian War Museum - Eight-minute drive | 2.8km / 1.7mi
Canadian Tire Centre
20-minute drive | 29.2km / 18.1mi
Cheer on your favourite hockey teams this season. Canadian Tire Centre is home to the NHL Ottawa Senators. The arena also hosts concerts, sporting events and other things to do in Ottawa throughout the year.
Our nation's capital is famous for hosting popular festivals during all seasons. Our downtown location puts you just steps from exciting music performances, food showcases and much more.