When Queen Victoria of England named the capital city of Canada in 1857, the city was far from cosmopolitan. In fact, the small town of Ottawa was quite a rough and tumble place. Throughout the years, however, the City of Ottawa truly came into its own, becoming the very epicenter of Canada’s political culture. Today, Ottawa is an international city that also embodies Canadian hospitality and charm. No matter what time of year one visits this city, Ottawa is a world-class destination.
The downtown district of Ottawa is ideal for all travelers. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, the vibrant and colorful city will welcome you day and night with a wonderful array of activities and entertainment for all ages and interests. For starters, Extended Stay Hotel’s downtown location is minutes away from world-class museums and art galleries. The National Gallery of Canada is such venue that offers some of the most stunning works of art ever created. Here, visitors can tour permanent and temporary exhibits to find the best in Canadian and international art.
Ottawa has a unique history forever tied to the region’s native tribes. A tour through the Canadian Museum of Civilization will give visitors a glimpse into this heritage, as well as other points of human history. Also here, individuals can catch an IMAX show or tour through one of the museum’s permanent exhibitions, which includes an extensive amount of work on the First Peoples, Canada’s native tribes.
The Canadian War Museum presents exhibits that show Canadians’ roles during times of armed conflict. This includes past armed struggles within Canada as well as around the world. The Canadian Museum of Nature, on the other hand, showcases the species that populate the country’s sublime landscapes. Also here, visitors can study the museum’s extensive dinosaur fossil collection. In addition, the Canada Science and Technology Museum has a great deal to offer science enthusiasts. At this museum, individuals of all ages can enjoy exhibits that focus on the evolution of technology in several industries, including transportation, electricity and aerospace science.
Theatres, heritage sites and stunning architectural marvels also abound in Ottawa. A visit to Parliament Hill showcases Gothic Revival architecture and provides insight into Canada’s system of government. In the quadrangle area of Parliament Hill, Canadians hold celebrations and demonstrations. Bordering Parliament Hill on one side is the Rideau Canal. First opened in 1832, this canal is still used today. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the canal is a popular spot for pleasure-seekers who cruise or bike along its path. A visit to one of its locks is truly a unique experience.
Ottawa not only has wonderful museums and historical sites, it also enjoys a reputation for offering a diverse selection of cuisine to its visitors. Savour Ottawa is a program that is currently increasing the viability of locally grown and prepared foods served in restaurants across the region. One of the city’s premier restaurants, Bekta, can be found in Ottawa’s downtown area. At Bekta, diners can sample award-winning cuisine in a cozy, modern atmosphere. The wine list alone is reason to visit this acclaimed establishment.
In an international hub like Ottawa, other great restaurants are not hard to find. The city’s Chinatown and Little Italy are the best bets for Asian and Italian cuisine, respectively. Beechwood Village offers visitors great dining opportunities as well as a chance to enjoy a cold brew at one of the area’s premier pubs or to do a little shopping. Similar neighborhoods abound throughout the city and include hotspots like Somerset Village and Rideau Street among others.
Ottawa is an ideal place to experience the variety of Canada. Tourists and business travelers alike will discover Canada’s unique history, cuisine, politics, and culture that can only be found in this unique international metropolis.
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