When I was speaking to people, I realized that Ottawa was not a city well regarded by many Canadians. In this article, I am going to prove to you that there are many things you can do while coming to Ottawa.
Let’s go for a stroll !
For a walk, I suggest an itinerary, but this is your call!
Go up Bank Street: Along this street you can observe interesting Street art, if you want to take beautiful photos this is a place that I recommend!
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier : A must-see in Ottawa, this monument is guarded by soldiers. If you come at an exact time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you’ll be able to observe the change of guard of the soldiers during a song ceremony of ten minutes. This event is also observable at Rideau Hall.
Alexandra Bridge : Then head to Major's Hill Park, to enjoy the atmosphere of this small park and the view it offers over Quebec. Crossing the Alexandra Bridge, you’ll pass from Ontario to Quebec, thus changing the laws and customs (French goes in first position and English in second position on the panels).
Go along the border to the Portlage bridge. Along the way, you’ll find statues, a Japanese garden and (if you’re lucky like me) beavers. Being on the Quebec side you’ll have the chance to admire a beautiful view of the Parliament.
Another idea for a walk : If the weather is nice and the heart tells you, you can take a walk along the canal waterway. Along the way, you can observe an impressive system of locks.
Even if you’re not really a museum person, you definitely have to visit these:
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Interesting museum if you want to improve your general culture about the creation of common objects and phenomena, you’ll find on site both theoretical and practical representations.
· $ 17 for entry and $ 8 for parking.
· September 14th to April 30th: Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· May 1st to September 8th: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Canadian Museum of Nature
One of the best museums I have done so far, has 5 floors each divided into several themes. You’ll find a room devoted to dinosaur bones, but also a floor where you can observe minerals (special mention for an exposed lunar stone) and precious stones. This is a museum that is very interactive if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to read.
· Around $ 20 for the entrance to this museum (avoid the parking at $ 3 per half hour, or $ 5 in total if you arrive after 4:30 p.m.).
· September 3rd to May 31st: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday until 8 p.m.
· June 1st to September 7th: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday until 8 p.m.
If you don’t know: most museums in Ottawa are free in their last half hour. This can give you a sample if you're not sure you want to spend your money for a visit.
The Supreme Court of Canada
If you wish to visit the Supreme Court of Canada, guided tours (free) are available. In addition, it is also possible to attend a hearing, for guided tours, you can find more information at the entrance or you can also make a reservation by sending an email.
From August 31st to May 3rd May: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From May 4th to September 4th: All week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parliament of Ottawa
This imposing building offers free guided tours in English and French every day. If you want to stop there it only takes 30 minutes to visit.
Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Note: At the moment the central building is currently closed for work.
Where to eat and drink
To fill you up I recommend 2 places:
The Mill St Brew which is a fairly widespread chain in Canada, these establishments brew their own beer and advise you which one goes best with your dish. You’ve got to try: The Moroccan Falafel Salad will surprise you with its sweet and savory mixture.
BDT: I was advised by someone from the region but I did not have the opportunity to test it, it is an establishment which has very good opinions.