Canada's picturesque capital, Ottawa is full of national sites, landmarks, museums and attractions, and should be top of your list when you're visiting Canada.
Made all the more charming by the sparkling Rideau Canal that cuts through the very heart of the city, Ottawa offers a wonderful blend of old and new, summer and winter. In the warmer months, enjoy gentile picnics in front of Parliament Hill and stunning sunsets over the canal's locks, or get your skates on during the winter as the canal transforms into the world's longest skating rink, complete with on-ice shops and steaming cups of hot chocolate. For a spot of heritage, head to the Canadian Museum of History, or visit ByWard Market to grab a bargain.
Don't stop there: pair Ottawa with more of Canada and also visit Toronto and Montreal. Or, for something completely different, visit the glittering skyline of New York and enjoy Broadway, Central Park and, of course, some shopping.