Apr 11, 2012
Ottawa is the capital of Canada, and one of the most important cities of Ontario
History of Ottawa
Étienne Brûlé a traveller from Europe crossed the Ottawa River on his voyage to the Great Lakes. He was the first European to visit this place and discovered it in 1610. Settlements in the region were seen in early 19th century when people from England found land to be fit for agriculture.
There was a major trading on Timber that went all the way from Ottawa to Quebec City. Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital because it was far away from the borders and was easily defendable at the times of attacks on the colony.
During this period only the city saw many emerging entrepreneurs setting up sawmills which soon became the largest in the world.
Tourism in Ottawa
Ottawa is one of the coldest capitals in the world. It has fun written all over it. The beautiful city has awesome destinations engraved within.
Rideau Canal: It is a 201 Kilometres long waterway that connects Kingston and Ottawa. In 2007 this site was recorded as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. One can rent and ride a bicycle along the roadside in summers but the scenario turns the other way round in winters when the mercury dips below zero freezing water into ice and the illusion looks just fantastic.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier: Even if you don’t take up an overnight stay at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the castle-like hotel neighbour to the Parliament Hill is worth stopping by.
Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute If you appreciate fine fare, reserve a table at Signatures, a CAA/AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurant that specializes in classic French cuisine with a modern twist.
National Gallery of Canada Arts lovers will want to include a visit to the National Gallery on their Ottawa itinerary.
It’s the permanent home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art, which includes distinctive works by Inuit sculptors.
Gatineau Park A haven for outdoors lovers in every season, Gatineau Park lies north of Ottawa. It’s a place where couples can go biking, hiking, canoeing, and even pitch a tent in warm weather. Come winter, it’s a major attraction for skiers. Whether you fancy snowshoeing, cross-country or downhill skiing, there’s a trail or slope for the two of you.
ByWard Market This fun and funky, four-square-block district in the center of Ottawa is one of the city’s major visitor attractions. Whether you want to get something fresh to eat, browse unique boutiques (if you want chain stores, the Rideau Centre shopping mall is at the outer edge of ByWard Market), be entertained, or simply stroll the urban tableau, this is a must-see destination. At night, ByWard Market’s ethnic restaurants, pubs, clubs, and music venues all have their fans.
Travelling Around Ottawa
Here is a handy list that gives an overview of how to travel Ottawa from some famous cities by road with an approximation of time.
- Kanata 17 minutes
- Richmond 11 hours, 37 minutes
- Kemptville 41 minutes
- Buckingham 33 minutes
- Rockland 8 hours
- Carleton place 40 minutes
- Casselman 40 minutes