In talking to a lot of people, I realized that Ottawa is not a city that is well perceived by many Canadians. I will prove to you in this article that there are many things you can do when you come to Ottawa.
Let's go for a stroll !
To get around, I suggest a route that you can take at your leisure.
Go up Bank Street: On this street you can see many works of street art. If you want to take beautiful pictures, this is a corner that I recommend!
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: A must-see in Ottawa, this monument is guarded by soldiers. If you come at the exact time from 10am to 5pm you can observe the changing of the guard of the soldiers during a ceremony in song for about ten minutes. This event can also be seen at Rideau Hall.
Alexandra Bridge: Head to Major's Hill Park to enjoy the ambiance of this small park and the view of Quebec. As you cross the Alexandra Bridge, you will be switching from Ontario to Quebec, changing the laws and customs (French is first and English is second on the signs).
Follow the border to the Portlage Bridge. Along the way, you will find statues, a Japanese garden and, if you are lucky like me, beavers. Being on the Quebec side, you will have the chance to admire a beautiful view of the Parliament.
Another idea for a walk: If the weather is nice and you feel like it, you can take a walk along the lock station. In addition to the walk, you will be able to observe a rather impressive lock system.
Even if you're not really a museum person, some of them are really worth it.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum
Interesting museum if you want to improve your general knowledge about the creation of everyday objects and phenomena. You'll find both theoretical and practical presentations on site.
Count 17$ for the entrance and 8$ for the parking.
From September 14 to April 30: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm
From May 1st to September 8th: Every day, from 9 am to 5 pm
The Canadian Museum of Nature
One of the best museums I've done so far, divided into 5 floors, themselves divided into several themes. You will find a room dedicated to dinosaur bones, but also a floor where you can observe minerals (special mention for a moon rock exposed) and precious stones. A very interactive museum, perfect if you're more the type to not read descriptions.
Count $20 for admission (parking to be avoided at $3 per half hour, or $5 total if you arrive after 4:30pm).
From September 3 to May 31: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 5pm, and on Thursdays until 8pm.
From June 1 to September 7: Daily from 9am to 6pm, and Thursdays until 8pm.
As a little bonus, most museums in Ottawa are free in their last half hour of operation. This can give you a sample if you're not sure you want to spend a budget to visit.
The Supreme Court of Canada
If you wish to visit the Supreme Court of Canada, guided tours (free of charge) are available. In addition, it is also possible to attend a hearing. For the guided tours, they are indicated at the entrance or you can also make a reservation by sending an email.
From August 31 to May 3: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm
From May 4 to September 4: All week, from 9am to 5pm
Ottawa's Parliament Building
This imposing building offers free guided tours in English and French every day. If you want to stop by, it only takes 30 minutes to visit.
Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 6pm, and Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.
Note: The central building is currently closed for renovation.
Where to eat and drink
To fill your stomach, I recommend 2 places:
The Mill St Brew which is a fairly common chain in Canada. Its establishments brew their own beers and advise you which one goes best with your dish. To try : The Moroccan Falafel Salad, which will surprise you with its sweet and salty mix.
The BDT: it was recommended to me by someone in the area, but I didn't have the opportunity to try it. It is an establishment that has very good reviews.
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