Ottawa Holidays

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

Time Zone

GMT-5 Hours

Flight Time

Approx 7 hours; direct are available with Air Canada. Indirect options are available with United Airlines and American Airlines via the USA..

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

Health Information

No vaccinations required

As the Nation's capital, there is never a shortage of things to see and experience in Ottawa. From its incredible national museums to its scenic vistas and iconic sights, discover some of the very best that Ottawa has to offer below.

  • Walking Gourmet Food Tour of Byward Market

    Get to know Ottawa's vibrant culinary scene and discover hidden gems in the lively Byward Market area of the city. Discover a 'progressive dinner' experience, with four-course meal split across four different award-winning and famous restaurant whilst you soak up the eclectic atmosphere of the area as you stroll between each eatery.

  • Ottawa Historical Highlights Walking Tour

    Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing tour with a private and knowledgeable guide, as they provide a captivating overview of the Capital and showcase its colourful history, political characters and iconic architecture. Explore the included stops at all of Ottawa's top sights, including Parliament Hill, The National War Memorial, The Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Sussex Drive, Byward Market and many more.

  • Ottawa City Cycling Tour

    Take the opportunity to see and experience the fantastic history and diversity of Canada's capital in a way that is not possible on a tour bus or on foot. Explore Ottawa's most popular sights as you cycle from the picturesque vistas of the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River to iconic Parliament Hill and Quebec's breath taking Gatineau Hills.

  • Ottawa River Cruise

    Cruise along the Ottawa River and see the sights of the Capital as well as the natural beauty and historical architecture of the surrounding area. Take in majestic views of Parliament Hills, Rideau Falls and the Prime Minister's residence, 24 Sussex. You'll be provided with fascinating commentary and insight on the development and rise of Ottawa as a city and how it became the seat of Canada's Government.

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
-10ºC
60mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
-9ºC
60mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
-3ºC
70mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
6ºC
80mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
14ºC
80mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
18ºC
80mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
22ºC
90mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
20ºC
90mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
16ºC
90mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
9ºC
90mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
2ºC
90mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
-6ºC
90mm
  • Rachel, Destination Executive

    Rachel

    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."

Types of Ottawa holidays

Ottawa Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

You might also like these

We think you might also like to take a look at these destinations. If you'd like some advice, our Destination Specialists will be able to find something that is right for you.

USA

Washington DC

Washington DC

Mexico

Mexico City

Mexico City
Humayun's Tomb

India

Delhi

Delhi
Old Post Office

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City