We went to Ottawa after our New York, Toronto, Canada tours. Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It is a small, quiet, and safe place that is a great destination for tourists or businessmen. Ottawa is a place where culture and politics meet. We only had a day and a half to explore the city because we went to Montreal the next day.

Ottawa is a small city that you can walk by foot in exploring the city!! It was a gloomy day for us. The skies were dark and started to rain a little. But nothing stop us from walking around the city. Pictures were taken using my Samsung Note 4 and GoPro Hero 3 (Black edition). 

Here are my personal top favorite places in Ottawa, Canada

1. The Parliament Hill

Directly across the Ottawa River is Parliament Hill, Canada's seat of government. The main building, called the Centre Block, houses the House of Commons and Senate chambers, the Cabinet meeting rooms, and the offices of the Prime Minister and the leaders of the opposition parties.

First used in 1866, the Centre Block was destroyed by fire in 1916 and was rebuilt in the Gothic revival style. The circular building, which houses the Library of Parliament, survived the fire and is in the original Victorian High Gothic style.

The tallest structure in the Peace Tower, which was dedicated in 1927 as amemorial to Canadians who have died in military service

2. National War Memorial

The National War Memorial in Ottawas was originally built to commemorate Canada's sacrifice in the First World War (1914-18). It now honours all who have served Canada in wartime. -The Canadian Encyclopedia

3. Rideau Canal 

The Rideau Canal, a great military engineering achievement of the 19th century, opened central Canada to settlement and trade. The canal construction also brought thousands of people to the area, helping to shape the community of Bytown, known today as Ottawa, Canada's Capital.

The entrance locks mark the beginning of a 202-kilometer route linking the Ottawa River and Lake Ontario though a system of lakes and rivers, connected and made navigable by the channels, locks and dams that the workers constructed. Designed for military purposes and completed in 1832, the canal was never used for defense. Today, it is an artery for recreational boating and a national historic site, owned and operated by Parks Canada.

4. Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

Notre-Dame Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Ottawa and the mother-church of the archdiocese of Ottawa. The historic building, begun in 1841, is the largest and oldest standing church in the nation's capital - Notre-Dame Ottawa

Just across the church is the National Gallery of Canada.

5. National Gallery of Canada

It was closed when we went there. We only took pictures outside, and with this big spider standing behind me!

The National Gallery of Canada is one of the most striking landmarks in Ottawa. Designed by Architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988, this stunning building of granite and glass houses Canada's exceptional art collection. Ligh, spacious galleries and quiet courtyards await you as you partake in a voyage of discovery through exceptional collections which reglect the rich diversity of Canada's heritage and culture. Over 1,200 works from the permanent collection are on display, including from the Canadian, Indigenous, International, and Contemporary collections. Special exhibitions, organized by the Gallery in conjuction with museums from around the world, highlight the work of renowned Canadian and international artist. From centuries-old paintings to avant-garde sculptures, the Gallery offers a fascinating journey of exploration through the collective imagination of Canadian artists. - Ottawa Museums

6. Canadian Museum of Civilization

This museum is actually located at Quebec. We took a cab going to this place from the downtown area of Ottawa.  I forgot how much it cost us but, i guess it is not that expensive 'cause it's just a 15 to 20-min drive. 

The Canadian Museum of History welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year to its celebrated complex in the heart of the National Capital Region, making it the country's most-visited museum. With roots stretching back to 1856, it is one of Canada's oldest public institutions and a respected centre of museological excellence, sharing its expertise in history, archaeology, ethnology and cultural studies both within Canada and abroad. - Canadian Museum of History

7. Byward Market



This is a great last stop for buying souvenirs for yourself, and your family back home! 

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© Monica Peralta


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