So, you are coming to Ottawa, Capital of Canada.
Well, Ottawa is home to fantastic architecture, galleries, museums, shops and more. It is located at the convergence of three rivers in northern Ontario. The picturesque natural geography, the waterways, and green space along with the Rideau Canal make it a place to visit.
So here is a list of must visit places in Ottawa whether you are on business or vacation:
A magnificent Victorian Gothic sandstone building, the Parliament Building, is home to Federal Government of Canada. It is situated on a tree covered promontory overlooking the rolling Ottawa River. The Gothic structure was constructed in 1859 and 1927.
However, you can walk along the Parliament, but a tour is highly recommended to know all about the history and architecture of the building. These tours are provided for no cost and last only 45 minutes. Tours are for the east and center block.
The National Gallery of Canada is home to an amazing collection of Canadian art. The giant spider placed in front of the gallery is the main attraction. One can see Maman, a famous sculpture created and designed by Louise Bourgeois.
Some of the main attractions of this place include artworks by Picasso, Michelangelo, da Vinci, in addition to contemporary and indigenous pieces. Works by Canadian artists such as Antoine Plamondon and Joseph Légaré too can be found here. Contemporary work too is on display so there is no reason to miss such a place.
Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica
The silvers spires of Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Ottawa are an eye-catcher. Notre Dame is just opposite the National Gallery of Canada. It is an old churches in Ottawa and is the seat of the Catholic archbishop of Ottawa. One must go inside and have a look at the magnificent interiors. The stained glass windows and architecture in the cathedral is a must visit, especially if the National Gallery of Canada is on your visit list.
However, it is a bustling place; do check the mass schedule. Bookings can be made online for a nominal fee.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier Historic Display
At the main floor of the Chateau is the history display. Once you enter the popular Chateau Laurier and cross the boutiques, there is a hall full of photos displaying the history of the city and property. It has a Titanic connection too.
Charles Melville Hays was one of the people responsible for hiring designers for the hotel as an in charge of the railway expansion.
Chateau is one of the flagship hotels. After going back from the opening of the Chateau, he took Titanic and could never watch his dream come true.
Nordik Spa Nature
While sitting in Ottawa, you must take out some time to experience the Nordik Spa Nature. It is 20 minutes away from Ottawa and is one of the best places you should visit in Ottawa. It will offer you the best spa experiences and is bordered by nature.
It has a free salt pool with an infinity pool. It has the same density as the Dead Sea. Try Kalla treatment at the Nordik Spa. A day must be spent here to get the feel of the place.
Other notable places here include Sunset from Andaz Hotel, Byward Market neighborhood, Rideau Canal, Mosaiculture, Laval Street, Canadian Museum of History, Aviation and Space Museum with artifacts and vintage planes, Canadian Museum of History and more.
Lastly, you may want a decent place to get your currency exchanged. Get it done at the Ottawa currency Exchange.