Tourist Information

Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic city of more than one million people. Located in the province of Ontario at the Quebec border, it’s a place where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets; where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); and where you can spend much of your time exploring on foot. It’s a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world.

As a result of the war of 1812, the Rideau Canal was built as an alternate military supply route, but is now used by boaters and paddlers and is one of Ottawa’s most recognizable landmarks.

Other anniversaries in 2012 include the 60th year of the Canadian Tulip Festival, one of the major tourist events in May. And the distinguished Fairmont Château Laurier hotel turns 100! This historic building, located next to Parliament Hill, has been a destination for visiting dignitaries and celebrities alike.

This is Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Come experience it for yourself. For more information about what to see in Ottawa, visit


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