Discover Ottawa

When visiting our university, feel free to discover Ottawa, Canada’s capital! Here are some delicious or beautiful spots you might want to go to.

Restaurants

Vittoria Trattoria

Vittoria Trattoria

Located in the ByWard Market, Vittoria Trattoria, is one of the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa. It offers traditional cuisine and a good wine list.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

In the ByWard Market, The Keg is famous for its beef dishes, including the traditional Keg steak.

Riviera

Riviera

The Riviera building, located near Parliament, used to be a bank. Today it is one of the most popular fine dining restaurants in the capital.

Royal Oak

Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is one of the most popular pubs in Canada. You will find several restaurants of this chain in the city, where you can enjoy a wide choice of foods and drinks.

JOEY Rideau

JOEY Rideau

The popular JOEY Rideau restaurant, part of a chain, offers bistro-style cuisine with a chic decor and a casual atmosphere.

 

Laurier Social House

Laurier Social House

The Laurier Social House is a very lively restaurant, and is open later than most. It offers a wide variety of choices at attractive prices.

244 Laurier Ave E

 

Museums

National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada has one of the most outstanding collections of art in Canada. It features Canadian (including Indigenous) and European works along with special exhibitions. The building is easy to spot due to its high glass roof and the giant spider sculpture, Maman, in front of the entrance.

Canadian Museum of history

Canadian Museum of history

The Canadian Museum of History is on the Gatineau side, in Quebec, right across the bridge. The various museum collections will show you the history of our country since its beginning. Many temporary exhibitions are also featured. The totem room is particularly impressive.

 

Canadian War Museum

Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum presents Canadian military history and involvement in various world conflicts from the creation of Canada to the present day. It features many military and artistic objects and artifacts.

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

Discover nature by visiting the Canadian Museum of Nature. This museum has many collections, the zoological collections being the most diverse and abundant. Many temporary exhibitions are also featured.​​

Activities

ByWard market

ByWard market

Visit one of Canada’s oldest and largest markets, the ByWard Market in downtown Ottawa. With many shops and restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Go ahead and try a beavertail, a typical Canadian pastry, during your visit!

Canal Rideau

Canal Rideau

The Rideau Canal is an Ottawa symbol. In winter, it’s the longest ice rink in the world and in summer, it’s used for boat cruises. It is also the only UNESCO-recognized site in Ontario.

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill, another symbol of Ottawa, is in the heart of downtown. Guided tours are offered daily to allow you to discover the architecture and interior of the Parliament Buildings.

Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park, just 15 minutes away from downtown Ottawa by car, is a protected area of over 36,000 hectares. Its many trails allow visitors to discover beautiful landscapes, lakes and meadows. In winter, there’s cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and in summer, Meech Lake offers a lovely beach to soak in the Canadian sun.

National Arts Centre

National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre offers a varied program of concerts, plays and dance performances throughout the year.

Sugarbush (Spring)

Sugarbush (Spring)

When the temperature is between -5° at night and +5° during the day, the maple syrup is at its best. A popular tradition is to go to a sugar bush to see how maple syrup is made and eat a giant brunch: pancakes, bacon, sausages, oreilles de crisse, tea, coffee and, of course, maple syrup.

Notre Dame cathedral

Notre Dame cathedral 

Notre Dame Cathedral faces the National Gallery. Free to visit — the dark roof studded with golden stars is mesmerizing and if you’re lucky to catch a sunny day, the stained glass windows reflect colours everywhere.

Tulip Festival (May)

Tulip Festival (May)

The annual Tulip Festival features a million tulips blooming in public areas, including 250,000 in Commissioners Park near Dow’s Lake.

Yoga on the Hill (May-August)

Yoga on the Hill (May-August)

Join the fun on Wednesdays at noon for free yoga on the Parliament Hill lawn. Bring your own mat and water!

Canada Day (July 1st)

Canada Day (July 1st)

Don’t miss Canada’s 151st birthday in the National Capital Region, filled with pageantry and celebration!

Boutiques

Made in Ottawa Gifts

Made in Ottawa Gifts


Rideau Center
50 Rideau St
-Trudeau/Poutine socks, artisanal jewelry,…

Ottawa Souvenirs &Gifts

Ottawa Souvenirs & Gifts


Rideau Center
50 Rideau St
-keychain, stuffed toys, maps and postcards,…

Byward Market

Byward Market


Inside and around (during the summer) the market building, enjoy diverse souvenir shops.

Parliament Souvenir And News

Parliament Souvenir And News


13 Metcalfe St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5K9

Around The Corner

Around The Corner


130 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4

Canada In A Basket

Canada In A Basket


55 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3

Maple Leaf Souvenirs & Cigars

Maple Leaf Souvenirs & Cigars


59 William St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z9

Crazy Moose Clothing Co

Crazy Moose Clothing Co


60 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 1J4

Canada's Four Corners

Canada's Four Corners


93 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5B5

Roots

Roots


Rideau Center
50 Rideau St
-clothes

Hudson’s bay

Hudson’s bay


73 Rideau St,
Ottawa, ON K1N 5W8
-Clothes, house, electronics

Beavertails

Beavertails


To be found in the winter on Rideau Canal and in front of city hall and all year round in the market,
at the crossroad of William and George street.

Poutine

Poutine


There are many little poutine shacks on Rideau street.
(snack) 3 brothers, 160 Rideau St
(snack) Smoques poutinerie, 407 Dalhousie
The Smoque Shack, 129 York St
Zak’s Diner (open 24/7), 14 Byward Market
The great Canadian Poutinerie, 200 Deschamps Ave

Le moulin de Provence

Le moulin de Provence


55 Byward Market Square
Discover cookies with Canada/Obama/Trudeau as decoration.

We have great hotels that are near the University of Ottawa. Do not hesitate to contact us to have any information regarding your stay in Ottawa. 

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