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The people in charge of Ottawa tourism have a much easier job than those from a lot of other places as Ottawa is so full of amazing things to do that all they have to do is just list them and people will want to visit!
As the seat of government in Canada, and the capital city, Ottawa is particularly known for its national museums and galleries, like the Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum & National Gallery (to name a few), and all the government trappings, like the Parliament buildings, RCMP Musical Ride, and Changing of the Guard. You could spend days and days going from place to place, learning about all of the history and culture of Canada.
But Ottawa isn't just about museums and culture. Ottawa is also home to some incredible festivals. From Jazz and Blues Festivals, to Animation Festivals to Celtic Festivals, to agricultural fairs to Canada Day in the Capital, Ottawa has a festival for everyone. Check the event calendar for additional events and book your visit around one!
Another thing that people forget about Ottawa is that it is a wonderful place to be out of doors. With the Rideau Canal running right through the centre of the city, and 600 km of multi-use pathways round the city, you can walk and cycle to your heart's content! You can also enjoy boat tours, ziplines and even white water rafting, not to mention the gorgeous parks and gardens that dot the city.
Ottawa is a great place to live and a really wonderful place to visit. It doesn't matter if you are 5 or 85, you'll be busy and active the whole time your are in Ottawa. So if you haven't ever been, it is time to put it on your list. And if you've been before...It is time to go back!
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