The Ottawa Sampler

The Ottawa Sampler, Ottawa, Canada (A)

Ottawa is a city with vast exploring opportunities for individuals of all ages. As the capital of Canada the city offers great nightlife, food, shopping and sights. This guide will help you see some of the best spots Ottawa has to offer in a convenient central location and will give you a little sample of all the great amenities mentioned.
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Guide Name: The Ottawa Sampler
Guide Location: Canada » Ottawa
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3.0 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: Christopher Massardo
Author Bio: Christopher Massardo is a writer and fashion stylist based in Canada working in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Byward Market
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Majors Hill Park
  • Parliament Building / Parliament Hill
  • NAC (National Arts Centre)
  • Canadian Museum of Nature
The Byward Market

1) The Byward Market

An easy way to kick start your exploration of downtown Ottawa is the glorious and historic Byward Market. Packed with a diverse and colourful range of shops, boutiques, restaurants and outdoor vendors that are sure to get you excited to explore and discover this great area. Try a Beaver Tail or if you are in town during the right time check out the outdoor fresh produce market and flowers all along the outside of the Market. At almost any time of the year expect to find out door musical performances or street performers attempting something daring!
National Gallery of Canada

2) National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is truly a sight not to be missed or forgotten with its amazing glass architecture and unique statue out front (a giant spider). Take in the sights around, the inside and admire the uniqueness. Go inside and find out what events or different showcases are taking place. The gallery is known for show casing a diverse range in events including most recently being the venue of Ottawa Fashion Week. The gallery is also steps away from the next sight on the list.
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Majors Hill Park

3) Majors Hill Park

Scenic and breathe taking are two things to expect when walking through Majors Hill Park. The park is above the Rideau canal and you can actually see many of the sights on our tour from the Park depending on where you are located within. With a stunning view looking into neighbouring province Quebec and walking paths that connect you to several of the sights on our tour this is a sight sure not to be forgotten. If you find yourself in Ottawa for Canada Day Majors Hill is a regular spot for Canada day related events.
Parliament Building / Parliament Hill

4) Parliament Building / Parliament Hill

You likely would have noticed this while walking through Majors Hill or at least part of it. The historic and monumental Parliament building is something not to be missed when visiting Ottawa. Tours are available inside and additionally you will also find the gift shop inside to purchase souvenirs . If you are in town during Canada Day you will find live performances on Parliament Hill.(Also get a peek at the ever blazing Centennial Flame which represents Canadas unity from sea to sea)
NAC (National Arts Centre)

5) NAC (National Arts Centre)

The National Arts Centre better known as the NAC houses a diverse range of shows and performances throughout the year. Depending on when you are in town there could be any number of options to choose from. Whether you are a fan of the ballet or a musical have a look at ticket prices and see what suits you and your interests. The NAC also houses its own cafe within for a nice refreshment. An addiotnal benefit of the NAC is it's great location to other areas of Ottawa not on our list such as the Elgin Street night life which will be covered in another tour, but also to our next and last location on the tour!
Canadian Museum of Nature

6) Canadian Museum of Nature

The Canadian Museum of Nature sits inside a 100 year old heritage building that is a stunning display of old meets new when it comes to architecture. The museum has a great range of shows and exhibits that are educational for the family, especially the kids! What you can expect to find on exhibit here depends on when you are in town, it could be anything from Amphibians to Dinosaurs! If you find yourself in town and have the option of choosing a day to go and want to save a bit of shopping money, Thursdays from 5pm-8pm are free.
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Walking Tours in Ottawa, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Ottawa

Create Your Own Walk in Ottawa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Ottawa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ottawa's Historical Churches Walking Tour

Ottawa's Historical Churches Walking Tour

The city of Ottawa has a number of notable religious sites fit to spark interest in both ardent believers and those keen on ecclesiastical architecture. With most of the churches located in the downtown area or nearby, one can visit these locations without trouble.

The Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, a splendid Gothic Revival masterpiece, is a centerpiece of Ottawa's spiritual landscape....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Ottawa Introduction Walking Tour

Ottawa Introduction Walking Tour

The name Ottawa comes from the Algonquin word for trade. It is an appropriate name for the Ottawa River, which was once the primary trade route for Eastern Canada. The capital of Canada gets its name from this river due to its location. Resting on the banks of the Ottawa River, Ottawa is a political and cultural city that also offers outdoor activities and beautiful natural sights.

Ottawa was...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Statues and Sculptures Walk

Statues and Sculptures Walk

As a cultural city, Ottawa abounds in monuments and statues of various sorts. In fact, there are so many of them that the locals, accustomed to their presence, jokingly claim they hardly notice them at all. Still, these artistic creations serve as visual storytellers, sharing tales of courage, peacekeeping, and commemoration.

The Maman Statue, a prominent sculpture located outside the National...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Historical Buildings Walking Tour

The architecture of Ottawa – formalistic and functional, for the most part – is marked by the city's role as the national capital of Canada. As such, it represents a mix of styles, varying considerably based on the era of construction of any particular object, and reflects the nation's heritage and political significance.

Centermost among these structures is the Parliament...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles