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Places of Interest
Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and a must-see when visiting Canada’s capital. The historic, neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings stand tall on a hill overlooking the majestic Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa. And although the buildings are home to the country’s federal government (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau works there), visitors are welcome on-site for free tours and programming all year-long. Whether you visit Parliament Hill for a selfie, for a tour, or to experience one of the many free events, you’ll never run out of things to discover!
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Parliament Hill
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Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and a must-see when visiting Canada’s capital. The historic, neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings stand tall on a hill overlooking the majestic Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa. And although the buildings are home to the country’s federal government (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau works there), visitors are welcome on-site for free tours and programming all year-long. Whether you visit Parliament Hill for a selfie, for a tour, or to experience one of the many free events, you’ll never run out of things to discover!
Museums
The awe-inspiring spaces at the Canadian Museum of Nature bring to life Canada’s nature – from dinosaurs to aquatic wonders – all majestically presented in the castle-like Victoria Memorial Building. Beautiful, world-class galleries along with fun and interactive features ensure that visitors of all ages are entertained. The building itself has a fascinating past. It is the birthplace of all of Canada’s national museums and once served as the emergency headquarters for the Canadian government after a fire destroyed the Parliament Buildings in 1916. Former Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier lay in state in the Museum in 1919.
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Canadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la nature
240 McLeod St
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The awe-inspiring spaces at the Canadian Museum of Nature bring to life Canada’s nature – from dinosaurs to aquatic wonders – all majestically presented in the castle-like Victoria Memorial Building. Beautiful, world-class galleries along with fun and interactive features ensure that visitors of all ages are entertained. The building itself has a fascinating past. It is the birthplace of all of Canada’s national museums and once served as the emergency headquarters for the Canadian government after a fire destroyed the Parliament Buildings in 1916. Former Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier lay in state in the Museum in 1919.
The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally renowned for its symbolic architecture; it is known for inspiring and touching stories. Canada's rich military history is showcased through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. Rest and reflect in Memorial Hall. Discover the Museum's fascinating architectural theme. And chat with a veteran to let history come alive.
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Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Pl
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The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally renowned for its symbolic architecture; it is known for inspiring and touching stories. Canada's rich military history is showcased through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. Rest and reflect in Memorial Hall. Discover the Museum's fascinating architectural theme. And chat with a veteran to let history come alive.
The all-new Canada, Science and Technology Museum, provides a highly digital experience for the whole family – igniting visitors with a passion for science and inspiring the next generation of Canadian innovators. After undergoing an $80.5-million renewal of its entire building, the museum features over 7,400 m2 (80,000 sq. ft.) of redesigned exhibition space, including an 850 m2 (9,200 sq. ft.) temporary exhibition hall to accommodate travelling exhibitions from around the world. Eleven new exhibitions – including the ZOOOM Children’s Innovation Zone, Artifact Alley and the Exploratek maker studio – as well as long-time visitor favourites, like locomotives and the Crazy Kitchen, delight visitors young and old. Museum highlights: A modern, spacious facility featuring 11 brand-new exhibitions including Artifact Alley, the ZOOOM Children’s Innovation Zone, the Exploratek maker studio, and three new apps. Long-time visitor favourites – the Crazy Kitchen and locomotives – will also make a comeback to the delight of visitors. A Demo Stage offers exciting, participatory science demonstrations.
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Canada Science and Technology Museum
1867 St Laurent Blvd
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The all-new Canada, Science and Technology Museum, provides a highly digital experience for the whole family – igniting visitors with a passion for science and inspiring the next generation of Canadian innovators. After undergoing an $80.5-million renewal of its entire building, the museum features over 7,400 m2 (80,000 sq. ft.) of redesigned exhibition space, including an 850 m2 (9,200 sq. ft.) temporary exhibition hall to accommodate travelling exhibitions from around the world. Eleven new exhibitions – including the ZOOOM Children’s Innovation Zone, Artifact Alley and the Exploratek maker studio – as well as long-time visitor favourites, like locomotives and the Crazy Kitchen, delight visitors young and old. Museum highlights: A modern, spacious facility featuring 11 brand-new exhibitions including Artifact Alley, the ZOOOM Children’s Innovation Zone, the Exploratek maker studio, and three new apps. Long-time visitor favourites – the Crazy Kitchen and locomotives – will also make a comeback to the delight of visitors. A Demo Stage offers exciting, participatory science demonstrations.
Neighbourhoods
Locavores, fashionistas and merrymakers love the pedestrian-friendly and historic ByWard Market neighbourhood. The area is bursting with so many unique boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and bars that you’ll need to make return trips to Ottawa’s oldest, most-concentrated neighbourhood! History The ByWard Market itself – now one of the oldest farmers’ markets in Canada – was established in 1826 by Lieutenant-Colonel John By, Builder of the Rideau Canal. The area was created as a commercial sector to support the builders of the Rideau Canal. Soon, stores, taverns, hotels, residential and industrial buildings sprang up, and Rideau Canal labourers of mostly French-Canadian and Irish origin settled in. As the area evolved, so did the architectural styles. Many of the original buildings still house a melting pot of businesses and cultures – all of which contribute to the area’s eclectic charm. Farmers’ market The ByWard Market Square is home to indoor food vendors and unique shops, as well as a year-round outdoor market brimming with artists’ handcrafted goods, seasonal fresh farmers’ produce and flowers. Once inside the central part of the building, look up to see the large papier mâché sculpture hanging from the ceiling. Created in 1978, the impressive piece called McClintock’s Dream depicts colourful market vendors from times past in an enormous cloud. Dining Whatever culinary experience you’re craving, you’ll find it in the ByWard Market area. Gourmet dining at Sur Lie Fine Food and Wine or Restaurant e18hteen; high end dining in a casual atmosphere at Play Food & Wine; affordable international eats in the ByWard Market Square; 24-hour diner fare at Zak’s diner. And no one can resist a sweet or savoury BeaverTail pastry at its original location. If you’d prefer to try multiple restaurants in one go, book a dining tour with Experience Food or Ottawa Tasting Tours and let them take care of the planning. Or for a broader look at the ByWard Market food scene (including samples), join a C’est Bon Cooking Food Tour, which visits foodie stops like Mantovani 1946. These tour companies also offer tours in other neighbourhoods. Nightlife In the evening, the neighbourhood’s many pubs, bars and clubs fill up with revellers, and in the warm months, the many outdoor patios provide the perfect setting to people watch or to be seen. Live music and DJs keep you dancing into the night at favourite local haunts like the Rainbow Bistro or Mercury Lounge. Tap your toes to the sound of Jazz while sipping wine at Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro. Enjoy Irish pub hospitality at venues like the Heart & Crown or brewpubs like Lowertown Brewery. Or for a truly local experience, visit the Château Lafayette. Known locally as The Laff, this classy tavern meets dive bar is the city’s oldest bar! Shopping Independently-run boutiques, shops and galleries are around every corner in the ByWard Market area. Stroll along high-end Sussex Drive and browse international brands at Schad or Trustfund; unique creations at Kaliyana and Farah Studio; works of art at the Gordon Harrison Canadian Landscape Gallery; and home designs at The Modern Shop and Zone. At the North end of Dalhousie Street, known as NorthDal, Workshop Studio & Boutique exclusively carries Canadian brands including their quirky creations; Sukhoo Sukhoo makes haute couture designs, and Chapeaux de Madeleine creates beautiful hats. And don’t miss tucked away jewels like Milk Shop on William Street, Roadtrip in the Clarendon Courtyard and Librairie du Soleil on York Street.
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ByWard Market
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Locavores, fashionistas and merrymakers love the pedestrian-friendly and historic ByWard Market neighbourhood. The area is bursting with so many unique boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and bars that you’ll need to make return trips to Ottawa’s oldest, most-concentrated neighbourhood! History The ByWard Market itself – now one of the oldest farmers’ markets in Canada – was established in 1826 by Lieutenant-Colonel John By, Builder of the Rideau Canal. The area was created as a commercial sector to support the builders of the Rideau Canal. Soon, stores, taverns, hotels, residential and industrial buildings sprang up, and Rideau Canal labourers of mostly French-Canadian and Irish origin settled in. As the area evolved, so did the architectural styles. Many of the original buildings still house a melting pot of businesses and cultures – all of which contribute to the area’s eclectic charm. Farmers’ market The ByWard Market Square is home to indoor food vendors and unique shops, as well as a year-round outdoor market brimming with artists’ handcrafted goods, seasonal fresh farmers’ produce and flowers. Once inside the central part of the building, look up to see the large papier mâché sculpture hanging from the ceiling. Created in 1978, the impressive piece called McClintock’s Dream depicts colourful market vendors from times past in an enormous cloud. Dining Whatever culinary experience you’re craving, you’ll find it in the ByWard Market area. Gourmet dining at Sur Lie Fine Food and Wine or Restaurant e18hteen; high end dining in a casual atmosphere at Play Food & Wine; affordable international eats in the ByWard Market Square; 24-hour diner fare at Zak’s diner. And no one can resist a sweet or savoury BeaverTail pastry at its original location. If you’d prefer to try multiple restaurants in one go, book a dining tour with Experience Food or Ottawa Tasting Tours and let them take care of the planning. Or for a broader look at the ByWard Market food scene (including samples), join a C’est Bon Cooking Food Tour, which visits foodie stops like Mantovani 1946. These tour companies also offer tours in other neighbourhoods. Nightlife In the evening, the neighbourhood’s many pubs, bars and clubs fill up with revellers, and in the warm months, the many outdoor patios provide the perfect setting to people watch or to be seen. Live music and DJs keep you dancing into the night at favourite local haunts like the Rainbow Bistro or Mercury Lounge. Tap your toes to the sound of Jazz while sipping wine at Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro. Enjoy Irish pub hospitality at venues like the Heart & Crown or brewpubs like Lowertown Brewery. Or for a truly local experience, visit the Château Lafayette. Known locally as The Laff, this classy tavern meets dive bar is the city’s oldest bar! Shopping Independently-run boutiques, shops and galleries are around every corner in the ByWard Market area. Stroll along high-end Sussex Drive and browse international brands at Schad or Trustfund; unique creations at Kaliyana and Farah Studio; works of art at the Gordon Harrison Canadian Landscape Gallery; and home designs at The Modern Shop and Zone. At the North end of Dalhousie Street, known as NorthDal, Workshop Studio & Boutique exclusively carries Canadian brands including their quirky creations; Sukhoo Sukhoo makes haute couture designs, and Chapeaux de Madeleine creates beautiful hats. And don’t miss tucked away jewels like Milk Shop on William Street, Roadtrip in the Clarendon Courtyard and Librairie du Soleil on York Street.
Just South of Centretown and adjacent to the winding Rideau Canal, the leafy and historic Glebe neighbourhood features welcoming independently-owned businesses mixed with fun entertainment. History The Glebe neighbourhood is named after the lands (“glebe”) that belonged to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (circa 1837). As Ottawa’s population grew, the church sold some of its property and the area became one of Ottawa’s first suburbs. In 1898, the Aberdeen Pavilion was built to serve as a central hall for the Central Canada Exhibition. The crystal palace-style structure was initially used for agricultural shows and cattle auctions, hence its nickname of “Cattle Castle.” The Pavilion – the only large-scale exhibition building in Canada, surviving from the 19th century – is now a centrepiece of the mixed-use Lansdowne development. Shopping and dining The Glebe is centred around Bank Street between highway 417 (“the Queensway”) and Queen Elizabeth Drive. As you stroll along, pop in and out of the unique, locally-owned shops that are full of treasures. Browse vinyl records and other pop culture items at Crosstown Traffic, the latest kitchenware at J.D. Adam Kitchen Co., ladies’ fashion at Delilah and footwear at Glebe Trotters. Culinary options are equally diverse, including local staple Kettleman’s Bagels, Mexican specialties at Feleenas, gastropub fare at The Rowan and hundreds of beers on tap at Lansdowne’s Craft Beer Market. Walk off the calories by wandering through the surrounding leafy residential streets lined with brick homes dating from the 1800s. Entertainment and events The Glebe’s independent character is complemented by Lansdowne’s brand-name businesses and big events. Catch professional sports games and concerts at TD Place, buy local products at the year-round Ottawa Farmers’ Market and let loose in the outdoor park space. The park and on-site historic buildings like the Aberdeen Pavilion attract events and festivals like CityFolk, Brewfest and the Canadian Tulip Festival. This is one of Ottawa’s favourite gathering places!
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The Glebe
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Just South of Centretown and adjacent to the winding Rideau Canal, the leafy and historic Glebe neighbourhood features welcoming independently-owned businesses mixed with fun entertainment. History The Glebe neighbourhood is named after the lands (“glebe”) that belonged to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (circa 1837). As Ottawa’s population grew, the church sold some of its property and the area became one of Ottawa’s first suburbs. In 1898, the Aberdeen Pavilion was built to serve as a central hall for the Central Canada Exhibition. The crystal palace-style structure was initially used for agricultural shows and cattle auctions, hence its nickname of “Cattle Castle.” The Pavilion – the only large-scale exhibition building in Canada, surviving from the 19th century – is now a centrepiece of the mixed-use Lansdowne development. Shopping and dining The Glebe is centred around Bank Street between highway 417 (“the Queensway”) and Queen Elizabeth Drive. As you stroll along, pop in and out of the unique, locally-owned shops that are full of treasures. Browse vinyl records and other pop culture items at Crosstown Traffic, the latest kitchenware at J.D. Adam Kitchen Co., ladies’ fashion at Delilah and footwear at Glebe Trotters. Culinary options are equally diverse, including local staple Kettleman’s Bagels, Mexican specialties at Feleenas, gastropub fare at The Rowan and hundreds of beers on tap at Lansdowne’s Craft Beer Market. Walk off the calories by wandering through the surrounding leafy residential streets lined with brick homes dating from the 1800s. Entertainment and events The Glebe’s independent character is complemented by Lansdowne’s brand-name businesses and big events. Catch professional sports games and concerts at TD Place, buy local products at the year-round Ottawa Farmers’ Market and let loose in the outdoor park space. The park and on-site historic buildings like the Aberdeen Pavilion attract events and festivals like CityFolk, Brewfest and the Canadian Tulip Festival. This is one of Ottawa’s favourite gathering places!
Located near big attractions like Parliament Hill and the ByWard Market district, the Downtown area is a shopping, culture, dining and entertainment destination, officially designated by the city as Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District. History The Bytown Museum recounts Ottawa’s rich history, from the early years of Rideau Canal construction, through the rough and tumble times of early Bytown, to Ottawa’s designation as Canada’s capital and beyond. The museum is fittingly located inside the city’s oldest stone building, which was initially used as a treasury and storehouse during the Rideau Canal’s construction from 1826 to 1832. The museum is also located beside the picturesque Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a hive of activity throughout the year. In the summer, its calm waters and historic locks attract boaters and paddlers, and Rideau Canal Cruises runs electric boat tours. In the winter, the canal is transformed into the Rideau Canal Skateway – the world’s largest skating rink where thousands of people skate to work, school or for pleasure. The pathways and green parks that line both sides of the canal are a mecca for cyclists and runners looking for a workout with a view. The Rideau Canal is a little piece of heaven within the downtown core! Entertainment and culture World-class entertainment and homegrown talent are on stage – in English and French – at the many theatres in Downtown Rideau, including the National Arts Centre (NAC), Arts Court Theatre and La Nouvelle Scène. Visit the Bytowne Cinema to see independent and foreign films in one of Ottawa’s oldest movie theatres. The completely renovated Ottawa Art Gallery, which is attached to the Arts Court, displays some of the best local and Canadian art, including works by the Group of Seven. Admission is free! This area also hosts special events celebrating film, music and seasons throughout the year, including the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival (Jazzfest) in June, Christmas Lights Across Canada in December, as well as Winterlude in February. Confederation Park, located next to the NAC, is an official site for many events. Shopping, dining and relaxing Retail therapy is easy at the CF Rideau Centre – the largest shopping destination in the city. Between Nordstrom, Simons and all of your favourite affordable and luxury brand names, you’ll find everything you’re looking for. Or head across the street to NRML, one of North America’s premier streetwear boutiques. And to refuel after all that shopping, try a spa treatment at Holtz Spa or locally-inspired cuisine and craft beer at restaurants like The Albion Rooms.
Downtown
Located near big attractions like Parliament Hill and the ByWard Market district, the Downtown area is a shopping, culture, dining and entertainment destination, officially designated by the city as Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District. History The Bytown Museum recounts Ottawa’s rich history, from the early years of Rideau Canal construction, through the rough and tumble times of early Bytown, to Ottawa’s designation as Canada’s capital and beyond. The museum is fittingly located inside the city’s oldest stone building, which was initially used as a treasury and storehouse during the Rideau Canal’s construction from 1826 to 1832. The museum is also located beside the picturesque Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a hive of activity throughout the year. In the summer, its calm waters and historic locks attract boaters and paddlers, and Rideau Canal Cruises runs electric boat tours. In the winter, the canal is transformed into the Rideau Canal Skateway – the world’s largest skating rink where thousands of people skate to work, school or for pleasure. The pathways and green parks that line both sides of the canal are a mecca for cyclists and runners looking for a workout with a view. The Rideau Canal is a little piece of heaven within the downtown core! Entertainment and culture World-class entertainment and homegrown talent are on stage – in English and French – at the many theatres in Downtown Rideau, including the National Arts Centre (NAC), Arts Court Theatre and La Nouvelle Scène. Visit the Bytowne Cinema to see independent and foreign films in one of Ottawa’s oldest movie theatres. The completely renovated Ottawa Art Gallery, which is attached to the Arts Court, displays some of the best local and Canadian art, including works by the Group of Seven. Admission is free! This area also hosts special events celebrating film, music and seasons throughout the year, including the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival (Jazzfest) in June, Christmas Lights Across Canada in December, as well as Winterlude in February. Confederation Park, located next to the NAC, is an official site for many events. Shopping, dining and relaxing Retail therapy is easy at the CF Rideau Centre – the largest shopping destination in the city. Between Nordstrom, Simons and all of your favourite affordable and luxury brand names, you’ll find everything you’re looking for. Or head across the street to NRML, one of North America’s premier streetwear boutiques. And to refuel after all that shopping, try a spa treatment at Holtz Spa or locally-inspired cuisine and craft beer at restaurants like The Albion Rooms.
One block south of Parliament Hill, historic and pedestrian Sparks Street is nestled in the hustle and bustle of Ottawa’s urban core. Sparks Street is still lined with a variety of businesses that are especially busy during weekdays and special events. Dine at restaurants like the refined Riviera and have a pint at pubs like the aptly named D’Arcy McGee’s. Find specialty souvenirs at The Snow Goose Gallery, and shop for jewelry, fashion and more. Thousands of people gather on Sparks Street for popular festivals throughout the year. The Sparks Street Poutinefest celebrates the decadent Canadian dish made of fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. The Ottawa Ribfest welcomes BBQ rib vendors from all over North America cooking their specialties. And the International Busker Festival features street performers from around the world who show off their talents. Admission to these events is free! Tour companies offer fun ways to explore the city, and a few are based on Sparks Street. Cloaked guides from the Haunted Walk recount the spooky side of Ottawa year-round, including tours of the old Carleton County Jail, which is now the HI – Ottawa Jail Hostel. During the warm months, you can board Lady Dive Tours’ Amphibus or their hop-on, hop-off bus, or explore on two wheels with Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals.
Sparks Street
One block south of Parliament Hill, historic and pedestrian Sparks Street is nestled in the hustle and bustle of Ottawa’s urban core. Sparks Street is still lined with a variety of businesses that are especially busy during weekdays and special events. Dine at restaurants like the refined Riviera and have a pint at pubs like the aptly named D’Arcy McGee’s. Find specialty souvenirs at The Snow Goose Gallery, and shop for jewelry, fashion and more. Thousands of people gather on Sparks Street for popular festivals throughout the year. The Sparks Street Poutinefest celebrates the decadent Canadian dish made of fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. The Ottawa Ribfest welcomes BBQ rib vendors from all over North America cooking their specialties. And the International Busker Festival features street performers from around the world who show off their talents. Admission to these events is free! Tour companies offer fun ways to explore the city, and a few are based on Sparks Street. Cloaked guides from the Haunted Walk recount the spooky side of Ottawa year-round, including tours of the old Carleton County Jail, which is now the HI – Ottawa Jail Hostel. During the warm months, you can board Lady Dive Tours’ Amphibus or their hop-on, hop-off bus, or explore on two wheels with Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals.
Ottawa’s Chinatown is a compact and multicultural community centred around Somerset Street West, between Centretown and Little Italy (just west of Bronson Avenue). History In the early 20th century, the area that is now Chinatown was home to mostly working-class Irish and Italian immigrants, while the local Chinese population was scattered throughout downtown. After the First World War, Chinese immigrants set up businesses along Somerset Street West. When Ottawa welcomed thousands of Vietnamese refugees in 1979, many settled in the area. Through the 1990s and 2000s, the neighbourhood developed an official identity and was eventually designated as the Chinatown Business Improvement Area. A beautiful Chinatown Gateway, or Royal Arch, was unveiled in 2010 as a joint project with Beijing, Ottawa’s sister city­. Sights, shopping and dining After entering the impressive Gateway at Somerset Street West near Bronson Avenue, you’ll feel inspired to explore diverse businesses like funky local soap brand Purple Urchin. And you’ll quickly satisfy your sushi, pho, ramen or dim sum cravings at the many Asian restaurants. Visit the traditional Yangtze Dining Lounge for classic Chinese cuisine, or the festive Shanghai Restaurant – open since 1971 – for Asian dishes and drag queen karaoke on Saturday nights. Finish off the evening with cocktails and live entertainment at a venue like the cozy The Art House Café. Events The Ottawa Asian Fest in July has activities for the whole family and food vendors from across Ontario selling Asian specialties. In September, the Remixed festival celebrates arts and multiculturalism with special events hosted by businesses throughout the area.
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Ottawa’s Chinatown is a compact and multicultural community centred around Somerset Street West, between Centretown and Little Italy (just west of Bronson Avenue). History In the early 20th century, the area that is now Chinatown was home to mostly working-class Irish and Italian immigrants, while the local Chinese population was scattered throughout downtown. After the First World War, Chinese immigrants set up businesses along Somerset Street West. When Ottawa welcomed thousands of Vietnamese refugees in 1979, many settled in the area. Through the 1990s and 2000s, the neighbourhood developed an official identity and was eventually designated as the Chinatown Business Improvement Area. A beautiful Chinatown Gateway, or Royal Arch, was unveiled in 2010 as a joint project with Beijing, Ottawa’s sister city­. Sights, shopping and dining After entering the impressive Gateway at Somerset Street West near Bronson Avenue, you’ll feel inspired to explore diverse businesses like funky local soap brand Purple Urchin. And you’ll quickly satisfy your sushi, pho, ramen or dim sum cravings at the many Asian restaurants. Visit the traditional Yangtze Dining Lounge for classic Chinese cuisine, or the festive Shanghai Restaurant – open since 1971 – for Asian dishes and drag queen karaoke on Saturday nights. Finish off the evening with cocktails and live entertainment at a venue like the cozy The Art House Café. Events The Ottawa Asian Fest in July has activities for the whole family and food vendors from across Ontario selling Asian specialties. In September, the Remixed festival celebrates arts and multiculturalism with special events hosted by businesses throughout the area.
Just 25 kilometres south of Parliament Hill, Manotick feels like a country getaway within the city of Ottawa. You can tour a working Victorian grist mill, shop in independent boutiques, enjoy a leisurely lunch on an outdoor patio, or paddle a kayak or canoe along the Rideau River. History Most historians believe the name “Manotick” comes from an Indigenous word meaning “island in the river.” That refers to Long Island, which lies in the middle of today’s Manotick. Even though the British built the Rideau Canal through the area between 1826 and 1832—including a lock station at Long Island—Manotick didn’t start developing until around 1860. That’s when Moss Kent Dickinson and Joseph Currier opened the grist mill now called Watson’s Mill. By 1880, Manotick had a population of about 400 and boasted stores, a school, churches, blacksmith shops and mail service. It grew slowly but steadily over the next century. Then, a spate of residential development starting in the 1980s—along with the village’s amalgamation with Ottawa in 2001—led to a substantial influx of new residents. It’s currently home to roughly 4,500 people. Shopping Many day-trippers head to Manotick to explore its appealing, one-of-a-kind boutiques. (En route, you could stop at Gees Bees Honey Company to buy some locally made, all-natural sweetener or tour the pollinator sanctuary garden. Just make sure to check the company’s website before heading there, as the business is seasonal.) In Manotick, few passersby can resist the sweet and spicy aromas wafting out of the Gingerbread Man shop, where you can browse for frosted cookies and elaborate gingerbread houses. Pleasing scents of a different sort may also draw you to Mill Street Florist, where you can buy scented candles and other pretty gifts along with artistic flower arrangements. If you have a metaphysical bent, check out Green Spirit for meditation aids, aromatherapy items and other spiritual supplies. Lasting Impressions Gifts, meanwhile, sells gourmet foods, baby gifts, jewellery, home décor items and more. And fashionistas can drop into Mansfield’s Shoes for classic, high-quality footwear, or NIN Collection Boutique for Canadian and European fashions. Dining and drinking The Miller’s Oven, run by a volunteer group of seniors, is a beloved spot for baked goodies, tea and light lunches. The Black Dog Bistro is known for its selection of sharing plates, sandwiches and other light items, as well as ribs and steaks. For pasta and other classic dishes, head to Babbos Cucina Italiana. To slake your thirst, the Mill Tavern and the CreekSide Bar & Grill are popular pubs with lots of beers on tap. Activities, sites and events Feeling stressed? Peppermint Organic Spa, housed in what was once a grand family home, offers manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and other soothing treatments. In nearby North Gower, Manderley on the Green has three nine-hole golf courses, which you can play in any combination for a long or short game. Each summer in Manotick, you can travel back in time by touring Watson’s Mill and the Dickinson House museum—both buildings date to the 19th century. Those two sites are the hub of Dickinson Days, a weekend-long festival held each June. The Mill—which some say is haunted—also hosts paranormal-themed events in October, as well as a busy slate of whisky tastings, concerts and other events from mid-May until early September. Other popular village events include the food-themed Taste of Manotick festival in August and Manotick Village Christmas in late November/early December.
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Manotick
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Just 25 kilometres south of Parliament Hill, Manotick feels like a country getaway within the city of Ottawa. You can tour a working Victorian grist mill, shop in independent boutiques, enjoy a leisurely lunch on an outdoor patio, or paddle a kayak or canoe along the Rideau River. History Most historians believe the name “Manotick” comes from an Indigenous word meaning “island in the river.” That refers to Long Island, which lies in the middle of today’s Manotick. Even though the British built the Rideau Canal through the area between 1826 and 1832—including a lock station at Long Island—Manotick didn’t start developing until around 1860. That’s when Moss Kent Dickinson and Joseph Currier opened the grist mill now called Watson’s Mill. By 1880, Manotick had a population of about 400 and boasted stores, a school, churches, blacksmith shops and mail service. It grew slowly but steadily over the next century. Then, a spate of residential development starting in the 1980s—along with the village’s amalgamation with Ottawa in 2001—led to a substantial influx of new residents. It’s currently home to roughly 4,500 people. Shopping Many day-trippers head to Manotick to explore its appealing, one-of-a-kind boutiques. (En route, you could stop at Gees Bees Honey Company to buy some locally made, all-natural sweetener or tour the pollinator sanctuary garden. Just make sure to check the company’s website before heading there, as the business is seasonal.) In Manotick, few passersby can resist the sweet and spicy aromas wafting out of the Gingerbread Man shop, where you can browse for frosted cookies and elaborate gingerbread houses. Pleasing scents of a different sort may also draw you to Mill Street Florist, where you can buy scented candles and other pretty gifts along with artistic flower arrangements. If you have a metaphysical bent, check out Green Spirit for meditation aids, aromatherapy items and other spiritual supplies. Lasting Impressions Gifts, meanwhile, sells gourmet foods, baby gifts, jewellery, home décor items and more. And fashionistas can drop into Mansfield’s Shoes for classic, high-quality footwear, or NIN Collection Boutique for Canadian and European fashions. Dining and drinking The Miller’s Oven, run by a volunteer group of seniors, is a beloved spot for baked goodies, tea and light lunches. The Black Dog Bistro is known for its selection of sharing plates, sandwiches and other light items, as well as ribs and steaks. For pasta and other classic dishes, head to Babbos Cucina Italiana. To slake your thirst, the Mill Tavern and the CreekSide Bar & Grill are popular pubs with lots of beers on tap. Activities, sites and events Feeling stressed? Peppermint Organic Spa, housed in what was once a grand family home, offers manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and other soothing treatments. In nearby North Gower, Manderley on the Green has three nine-hole golf courses, which you can play in any combination for a long or short game. Each summer in Manotick, you can travel back in time by touring Watson’s Mill and the Dickinson House museum—both buildings date to the 19th century. Those two sites are the hub of Dickinson Days, a weekend-long festival held each June. The Mill—which some say is haunted—also hosts paranormal-themed events in October, as well as a busy slate of whisky tastings, concerts and other events from mid-May until early September. Other popular village events include the food-themed Taste of Manotick festival in August and Manotick Village Christmas in late November/early December.
Sightseeing
Immerse yourself in nature in Gatineau Park, the Capital’s conservation and outdoor recreation park, just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau. Year-round, enjoy a range of activities —swimming, hiking, biking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing — as well as heritage sites and nature interpretation. One of the few places in Quebec with such rich biodiversity, the Park is a sanctuary for more than 100 species of plants and animals at risk. Gatineau Park is managed by the National Capital Commission.
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Gatineau Park
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Immerse yourself in nature in Gatineau Park, the Capital’s conservation and outdoor recreation park, just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau. Year-round, enjoy a range of activities —swimming, hiking, biking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing — as well as heritage sites and nature interpretation. One of the few places in Quebec with such rich biodiversity, the Park is a sanctuary for more than 100 species of plants and animals at risk. Gatineau Park is managed by the National Capital Commission.