Optimize Your Time in Ottawa
Some Fun Picks For Your Visit
From visiting caves to learning something new at a historic site to skiing the slopes, Ottawa has it all. The nation's capital is fortunate enough to enjoy all four seasons - beautiful foliage in the fall, crystal white snow covering the mountains in winter, the first bloom of spring, and sunny skies to dock a boat at the shoreline in the summer.
1. Shop 'Til You Drop
Offering free weekend parking and year-round events and festivals Sparks Street Mall is a must-stop when in Ottawa. Visitors can choose from plenty of fine dining options, quick casual restaurants, and a wide variety of both boutiques and designer stores. Being North America's first permanent outdoor pedestrian mall, Sparks Street has since mastered how to entertain their guests from first serving them in the early 1800's.
2. Appreciate Canada's Past
Traveling with history buffs? With more than one million visitors each year, the Canadian Museum of History is a destination of choice in the National Capital Region. Open year-round and seven days a week, visitors enjoy spending time learning about the rich culture and remarkable individuals that have shaped Canada to the unified nation it is today. While you're there, be sure to stop by the Canadian Children's Museum, the international exhibitions, the Canadian Postal Museum and the IMAX Theatre during your visit.
Open year-round, Canadian Museum of Nature is a great museum for adults and children alike. Recently renovated, the museum has an array of exhibits to see, informative movies to watch and interactive booths to play around with. No matter the time of year, they have plenty of permanent exhibits and activities that remain throughout the seasons - Mammal Gallery, Bird Gallery, Animalium, guided-tours, Vale Earth Gallery to name a few.
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