City Orientation Walk, Ottawa

Ottawa the capital of Canada is located in the Province of Ontario. Being the fourth largest city in the country it boasts a large number of memorials, historical buildings and quite a few museums. Its mild weather will definitely cheer you up and keep you busy. Here is a list of the best tourist attractions you should check while in Ottawa.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Canada » Ottawa (See other walking tours in Ottawa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: Caroline
Parliament Hill and Buildings

1) Parliament Hill and Buildings (must see)

Parliament Hill is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings — the parliament buildings — serves as the home of the Parliament of Canada, and contains a number of architectural elements of national symbolic importance. Parliament Hill attracts approximately 3 million visitors each year. The Centre Block contains the Senate and Commons chambers and is fronted by the Peace Tower on the south facade, with the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Supreme Court of Canada

2) Supreme Court of Canada (must see)

The Supreme Court of Canada is the top of the Canadian judicial pyramid and was established on 8 April 1875. Its decisions are binding upon all lower courts in the country. In 1933, the Supreme Court was formally made the court of last instance for criminal appeals and in 1949 for all other appeals. The increased importance of the Court has been mirrored by the number of its members, rising from six judges upon the establishment in 1875 to nine judges recently. In 2000, Beverly McLachin was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bank Street

3) Bank Street

Bank Street is the major north-south road in Ottawa. Between Wellington Street and Gladstone Avenue in downtown, Bank Street is a shopping and business development district officially known as the "Bank Street Promenade" and the street is lined with common signage affixed to streetlights and street-level advertising billboards showing this distinction.

The area between Somerset Street West and Gladstone Avenue (within the Bank Street Promenade) is considered the centre of...   view more
Sparks Street

4) Sparks Street (must see)

Sparks Street is one of the most prestigious historic streets in Ottawa, holding a number of heritage buildings. Founded in the early 1800s by Nicholas Sparks – hence the name – it was made a fully pedestrian street in 1966, which makes it one of the first outdoor malls in North America. Nicholas Sparks, one of the Fathers of Ottawa, was a farmer who in the mid-19th century cut a path through the forest toward his house that has ultimately become the well known Sparks Street.

Today, the...   view more
National Arts Centre

5) National Arts Centre (must see)

Situated between Elgin Street and the Rideau Canal, The National Arts Centre (NAC) is a centre for performing arts in Ottawa. It is housed in a hexagonal building that is joined by roof with the Mackenzie King Bridge and was designed by Fred Lebensold.

The National Arts Centre (NAC) showed its first performance in 1969. Masterminded by Canadian Parliament as a centennial project back in the 1960s, the centre has evolved as the country's leading stage for the performing arts. It is also...   view more
Rideau Canal

6) Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal, also known unofficially as the Rideau Waterway, connects the capital city of Ottawa to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River. It is 202 kilometres in length. The canal system uses sections of two rivers, the Rideau and the Cataraqui, as well as several lakes. The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States. It remains in use today primarily for pleasure boating, with most of its original structures intact, operated by Parks Canada. The...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Fairmont Château Laurier

7) Fairmont Château Laurier (must see)

The Chateau Laurier Ottawa is one of the key attractions in the city. Designed in the Châteauesque style, this historic and stylish hotel stands at the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive. The Château was built between 1909 and 1912. Originally, it was planned to occupy part of the land belonging to Major’s Hill Park. However, that decision caused controversy and the then Prime Minister of Canada, Wilfrid Laurier, had to step in and assist in finding an alternate place for the...   view more
Rideau Street

8) Rideau Street

Rideau Street is a major street and one of Ottawa's primary retail thoroughfares in downtown Ottawa. It's one of Ottawa's oldest and most famous streets running from Wellington Street in the west to Montreal Road in the east where it connects to the Vanier district. Rideau Street is home to the Château Laurier, the CF Rideau Centre and the Government Conference Centre (Ottawa's former central train station). Along with Wellington Street and Sussex Drive it was among the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Major's Hill Park

9) Major's Hill Park (must see)

Major's Hill Park is one of the most distinguished parks in downtown Ottawa. It is situated above the Rideau Canal at the spot where it empties into the Ottawa River. Because of its prime location, Major’s Hill Park is the site for many of Ottawa's exciting events such as Canada Day celebrations on July 1, annual Tulip Festival in May and February’s Winterlude Festival.

Laid out in 1874, the park was originally named after Colonel By, the engineer who built the Rideau Canal, and...   view more
ByWard Market

10) ByWard Market (must see)

Founded by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, ByWard Market is one of the largest and oldest public markets in the Canadian capital, commonly regarded as the birthplace of Ottawa. John By, responsible for engineering the Rideau Canal, laid out the market plan. While working on the town grid, he arranged for George and York Streets to be extra wide. The aim behind this was to make way for the horse-drawn carriages that daily transported grocery to the market.

ByWard has largely preserved its historical...   view more
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

11) Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica (must see)

Set in the place where the first Catholic chapel once stood, Notre-Dame Basilica is the oldest church in Ottawa that has survived for many centuries. In 1978, the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Ottawa was officially marked as a historic building by the City Council.

In 1832, a small wooden church, known as St. Jacques Church, was erected on the site. In 1841 it was demolished with the plan of being replaced by a larger church. The latter was designed in a Neo-classical style by Antoine...   view more
National Gallery of Canada

12) National Gallery of Canada (must see)

The National Gallery of Canada is one of the most acclaimed art institutions in the world and contains the most exceptional collection of artworks. Designed by Moshe Safdie, the Gallery building is one of the most beautiful in Ottawa. Completed in 1988, it houses a huge and diverse collection of paintings, drawings and other works of art, created by both Canadian and prominent European masters.

For years, Canadians had wanted a national gallery of their own where they could display Canadian...   view more
Royal Canadian Mint

13) Royal Canadian Mint (must see)

The Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa houses one of the oldest (est. 1911) and one of the largest gold refineries in the Western Hemisphere. The new refinery was built in 1936 to refine gold for mines and central banks around the world. The Canadian Mint was officially opened by Lord Grey and his wife, Lady Grey, on January 2, 1908. Originally established to produce Canadian circulation coins, today the Royal Mint manufactures coins for other countries as well, including the Czech Republic and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Byward Shopping Tour in Ottawa

Byward Shopping Tour in Ottawa

Ottawa’s ByWard Market is a place where you can find a large variety of rare specialty items. India, Thailand, Mexico, France and Indonesia are just some of the countries that exhibit their famous wares in this market. Also, you can find here custom-made jewelry, hand-made pieces of furniture and works of art crafted by local artists.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Ottawa Famous Galleries Walking Tour

Ottawa Famous Galleries Walking Tour

Ottawa is home to a large number of great galleries and offers something to everyone. You'll discover a plethora of masterpieces of sculptures and paintings from ancient times to the present. Whether they be small family-owned galleries or large national galleries, they teach you more about Native Canadian art and its evolution. Be sure to take a walking tour through Ottawa's famous galleries and discover the jewels of this northern city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Byward Market Nightlife 2

Byward Market Nightlife 2

Ottawa is not only one of Canada's cultural centers but also one of the most vibrant towns in the country. A delight for any music and dance lover. You can find a wide variety of clubs that will enchant you with some of the best martini, music and fun people. The city comes alive during the night and is ready to entertain even the most demanding clients. Dare to take a tour through Ottawa's best night clubs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Ottawa Theatres Walking Tour

Ottawa Theatres Walking Tour

Ottawa has plenty of theaters and art organizations. Ready to satisfy any taste and mood, you can find venues which stage plays ranging from traditional Canadian to International to more exotic and extravagant. Take a tour through some of the most popular theaters in Ottawa.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Bars and Pubs Tour

Bars and Pubs Tour

The capital of Canada, Ottawa is a major international hub with a diverse set of cultural influences. For the entertainment of both its locals and guests to the city, Ottawa offers a range of great drinking establishments, as well as plenty of hardy food to go along with it. Take this Ottawa Bars and Pubs Tour and discover the friendly faces and great entertainment Canada’s capital city has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Ottawa Famous Churches Tour

Ottawa Famous Churches Tour

The city of Ottawa has some amazing religious sites and it is a perfect religious destination for people interested in that. With most of the attractions located in downtown or in the near vicinity, you will have no trouble in visiting some of these attractions on your trip. We invite you to take a walking tour and see the formidable churches of Ottawa.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km