Ottawa is, contrary to popular belief among non-Canadians, Canada’s capital. It’s located right on the Ontario/Quebec border. Fun fact, back in elementary school in a geography class I failed a project because I put Ottawa in Quebec, not Ontario, and my Dad still brings up his shame lol.
Anyways, I’ve been lucky enough to visit Ottawa a couple of times. Having the best experience while visiting a few different friends who went to University at one of the two located in the city.
The biggest plus for me, before I was the legal drinking age, was the proximity to Hull, Quebec. See, the legal drinking age in my province (Ontario) is 19. The legal drinking age in Quebec, however, is 18. The drive seriously only took around 10 minutes, so it was totally worth it!
Back to Ottawa! Since it is the Capitol of my beautiful country, while you are visiting it’s a must to stop by Parliament Hill, which is the home to Canada’s legislature. There’s also Rideau Hall, which is the house of the Governor General.
There are plenty of Museums and Galleries to check out while you’re there too! Including the Canadian Museum of History, National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature and Canada Aviation and Space Museum! I’ve personally only visited the Museum of History back when I was a kid, but I do want to visit the others!
If you’re in the mood for more of a scenic tour of Ottawa then you’re still in luck! (Anywhere in Canada you’ll be in luck, I’m telling you this country is beautiful!) I’d suggest Jacques Cartier Park! It’s a beautiful park located right across the river from the National Gallery of Canada, although being across the river it is technically in Gatineau, Quebec, but like I said earlier it’s very close! According to a quick google maps check it’s a 5-minute drive 🙂
In terms of fun activities, there is Calypso Park, which is a huge waterpark full of rides! The nightlife in Ottawa is absolutely amazing. Given the fact that within the city there are two Universities and one college, there are a lot of bars! Also, would absolutely recommend hitting up Ottawa for Canada Day (July 1st) because it’s absolutely incredible.
Ottawa is beautiful and incredible, you’ll find lots of things to do just by walking around the streets. If you’re interested in beautiful university campuses check out U Ottawa and Carleton University while you’re here.
Let me know if you’ve been to Ottawa before! I’d love to hear your thoughts about it!