The Ottawa region offers a unique blend of urban and rural beauty, year-round outdoor activities, and vibrant neighbourhoods, influenced by many cultures, including the First Nations, French, English, Scottish and Irish.
Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, with noted collections of indigenous and other Canadian art, The Canadian War museum, the Canadian Museum of History, and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, plus many others!
The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter.
The Byward Market which was once a simple market for farmers and craft merchants has become a hub of food, shopping and entertainment. Boutiques, restaurants and bars line the streets.