Ottawa Holidays

Canada’s easy-going capital

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, Canadian and French. 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.

Destination Highlights
  • Catch the evening light show on Parliament Hill
  • Cycle along the picturesque Rideau Canal
  • Visit the fascinating Canadian Natural History Museum
  • Hit the foodie scene in lively ByWard Market
  • Head over the river to Quebec and Gatineau Park
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT-5 Hours
  • Currency CAD - Canadian Dollars
  • Visa Information Please ensure you have a valid electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to your departure to Canada. Please check on the Canadian Embassy for all Visa FAQ’s.
  • Language English, French
  • Flight Time Approx 7 hours; direct flights from the UK to Ottawa are available
  • Health Information No vaccinations required

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Executive

"No visit to Ottawa is complete without a Beavertail - a flat doughnut in the shape of a Beaver’s tail with a variety of toppings - the perfect snack to enjoy while exploring the city."

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