Why You Should Visit Ottawa

There is one city I think more travellers to Canada need to take note of. Ottawa. The big O! It sometimes gets overshadowed by a couple of different initials, like T.O, but our nation’s capital has so much to offer, from local food to local traditions and unique spots. Here is why you should visit Ottawa.

World Food

More often than not, there’s a European city I usually wish I was back exploring in. Luckily, in Ottawa I can stuff my face with dishes that take me back to Europe like yummy scones. The best bagel I’ve ever eaten was in Ottawa, I can get quiche like in France from Le Moulin de Provence, and the Byward Market makes me feel like I’m travelling the world in one place!

The Byward Market


Le Moulin de Provence

Unique Places to Sleep

There’s no shortage of unique accommodations you can sleep in – even a European-style castle. The historic Chateau Laurier was once a palace for heads of state and British royal families when they came here to visit. It’s been around since June 1912 but the man who led it, Charles Hays, died on the Titantic that April and didn’t live to see it’s grand opening. When you stay here, you really do feel a part of history. On the other hand if you don’t want royal luxury, you can always spend a night in the Ottawa jail.

The castle is over 100 years old!


Cell rooms at the Ottawa Jail

Real Canadian Winter

Ottawa happens to be the best place to spend a good ol’ Canadian winter. It’s where thousands head for Winterlude every February. The annual winter festival is pretty magical with different outdoor scenes throughout the city where you can watch Canadian artists chizzle away at life size ice sculptures. Spending a winter in Canada is not complete until you’ve skated the Rideau Canal, the world’s largest outdoor skating rink. It’s not just for tourists. Locals come here to skate too.

Winterlude 2013


The Rideau Canal


Canadian Traditions

No competition here. Ottawa is home to some of our favourite Canadian traditions. It’s where the original Beaver Tail still lives and acres of maple sugar bushes make it the best place to tap our savoury Canadian maple syrup!

Cookin’ up maple syrup


The Beaver Tail!


Have you been to Ottawa yet?





A Canadian journalist turned blogger, Cristina traded in the conventional 9-5 to live life by her own terms. Her passion for local travel and experiences has taken her to more than 25 countries and 50 different cities. She\\’s currently planning her next chapter of volunteer travel around the world.

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