Ottawa is Canada's capital, a dynamic showcase city of more than 1 million people. Located in Ontario at the Quebec border, it's a place where you'll hear English and French spoken in the streets; where you can discover Canada's proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It's a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the World.
Ottawa is a destination alive with celebration, beginning each year with February's Winterlude, continuing through May's Canadian Tulip Festival, heating up July 1 with the biggest Canada Day celebration in the country, and going all-out with headliner summer music festivals.
This city is a uniquely beautiful place: an urban center on the edge of nature where you can enjoy the great outdoors — just outside your hotel room, and nearby in the surrounding country side. There's an easy cosmopolitan vibe here, and Ottawa is known for being both welcoming and walkable. Explore the distinctive local neighborhoods, including the historic ByWard Market: by day this area boasts a bustling farmers' market and chic shops, by night it hums with activity at the restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs.
This is also a city that enjoys the finer things in life, with a culinary community that's earning wide acclaim, unique boutiques and shopping districts, a lively local music and art scene, and always exciting nightlife.
Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place. The market houses museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more. And when the streetlights turn on, the market becomes one of the spots in Ottawa to grab a late night drink and catch some live music.