Ottawa is Canada's capital city and one of, (if not ``the``) most beautiful cities in all of Canada. As the national capital, Ottawa has all the amenities you would expect in a capital city. There are 17 national museums (11 within walking distance from our home) 5 art galleries, numerous drama and stage theaters, the National Performing Arts Center (Orchestra, Ballet and Concerts), and all federal buildings including Parliament Hill. Due to Ottawa’ s location on the boarder of Québec and Ontario, our city is perfectly bilingual in English and French. Even though we live in the heart of the city, we are never more than a few minutes from Canada's famous natural beauty. Ottawa is a city devoted to nature and greenery. There are 450 kilometers of nature trails, another 250 kilometers of paved bike trails, 12 fresh water beaches, federal and provincial parks, and recreational activities such as whitewater rafting and boat rentals minutes from the downtown. Ottawa hosts 14 international festivals including the Jazz Festival, the Blues Festival, the Tulip Festival, the National Winter Carnival and the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Ottawa is ideally located 2 hours west of Montreal (an easy day trip) , 1 hour north of the American boarder (New York’s White Mountains and Vermont’s Green Mountains) and equal distant between Toronto (Canada's largest city) and Quebec City (Ottawa's rival for Canada's most beautiful city) . We live in the Centretown district of Ottawa. We are a short walk to grocery stores, countless resturants, shops, nightclubs, pubs, musuems, the Parliament Buildings, cafes and public transportation. Ottawa is the perfect city for both romantic and family vacations. Discover the picturesque picnic places, walk through the amazing gardens at Rideau Hall, stroll beside the festive canal or lose yourself (and probably some cash) at one of our two casinos. As a family, you may wonder if there are things to do with children. Ottawa is “The Canadian Family Destination”. From outdoor activities to national museums, families flock to Ottawa because of its child-friendly atmosphere. Unlike many museums, Canadian museums are designed for both children and adults. All the museums (especially the Museum of Science & Technology, the Museum of Civilization, the Aviation Museum, the Museum of Nature, and the International Children’s Museum) allow kids to play, dress in costumes, and design and build artistic creations. (Our favourite is the Science & Tech, where you can build a Lego structure and then see if it will survive an earthquake!) There are 2 playgrounds less than 5 minutes walk from our home for younger kids, sports and recreation activities for all ages, and good shopping. If you love nature you can be hiking or camping deep in the Canadian wilderness within 15 minutes drive from our house. We often go camping and have all the equipment we can lend to you so that you can experience the great outdoors and maybe even see moose, elk, beaver or the famous northern lights (aurora borealis).
Galleries/Museums, Cultural/Tourist Attractions, Children's Activities, Public Parks, Restaurants/Bars, Clubs, Serious Shopping, Theatres, Spa, Tennis, Golfing, Outdoor Biking, Beach/Swimming, Boating/Sailing, Canoe/Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Hiking, Skiing/Snowboarding
Visit Parliament Hill, Go Whitewater rafting, See the museums, Stroll in the ByWard Market, too many
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