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15 Fun Things to Do in Ottawa

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 22, 2019
The coldest capital on Earth - Ottawa of Canada - is a lot more inviting and warm-hearted than it may seem at first. It never fails to entice tourists into leaving their hotel rooms and braving the cold, for fun out on the town.

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Start off, by checking out Parliament Hill - the awe-inspiring seat of government of the Great White North. And don't miss the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
In summer, you can join the free yoga classes that are conducted on the lawn of Ottawa's Parliament Hill.
Next, swing by the oldest man-made waterway of North America - the Rideau Canal. It's ideal for leisurely boating.

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In winter, the Rideau Canal freezes over. So grab your ice skates and join Ottawans as they celebrate the snowfall with their iconic Winterlude festival.
Can't get enough of the ice? Try playing ice hockey with the locals, at Jack Purcell Park.
For a uniquely Ottawan touring experience, hop aboard an "amphibus". It'll ferry you across the Ottawa River for unbeatable views of the city.
Resume your tour at Ottawa's historic National War Memorial.

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If you want a deeper look at Canada's past, check out the Canadian Museum of History - just across the Ottawa River.
Marvel at Ottawa's incredible Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica - the oldest Canadian church.
Art-lovers should head for Ottawa's National Arts Center or the National Gallery of Canada - for a peek at the works of some of Canada's most seminal artists.
Shop at the historic Byward Market for Ottawa's signature Beavertails (fried dough pastries) and the maple leaf-shaped Obama cookies.

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Take to the air and soar high above Ottawa in an old-timey biplane. You'll fly safe, in the hands of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum pilots.
As the snow melts, Ottawa is transformed by the blossom of spring. Time to celebrate the Canadian Tulip Festival, with displays of colorful tulips.

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That's right, even Ottawa has a beach! Hit the Petri Island beach on Ottawa River for some fun in the summer sun.

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Ottawa is one of the best whitewater rafting destinations, so you should try navigating the turbulent waters of Ottawa River. Get your blood pumping!