• Spring Tulips and Parliament Hill

Ottawa Holidays

Ottawa holidays are perfect if you are seeking a heavy dose of Canadian culture in some of the world’s top museums. You can wander the stately streets of Parliament Hill, shop at bustling ByWard Market, and cruise along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Canada’s majestic capital Ottawa really does have it all. The city boasts a blend of Canadian and French history as well as multi-cultural districts like Chinatown and Little Italy. Start your trip in Parliament Hill, which is perched above the river and lined with impressive buildings complete with spires and clock towers. During the summer, you can watch the changing of the guard and nightly light-show on the hill. If it’s a warm day, why not cycle or walk alongside the Rideau Canal? If you’re choosing to visit in the winter then you might want to get your skates on - literally - as this stretch transforms into the world’s longest ice skating rink. If you love history will find plenty to interest you here, as Ottawa is home to seven of Canada’s nine national museums. There are dozens of famous landmarks to explore too, including the National Gallery, Canadian Mint, the Museum of History, and Sussex Drive, one of the city's major ceremonial and institutional streets and home to the Candian Prime Minister.

Holidays in Ottawa, Canada: a cultural delight

No trip to Ottawa would be complete without visiting ByWard Market, the heart of the city’s restaurant and bar scene. Shop at the farmer’s market, try some Canadian dishes like poutine and BeaverTails, peruse local crafts, and soak up the carnival atmosphere.
Stay at one of Ottawa’s best hotels, many of which are located in ancient buildings. The Fairmont Château Laurier is set in a turreted, French-Gothic building by the canal, while the Lord Elgin Hotel near Parliament Hill dates back to the 1940s. More modern hotels in the central area include the Westin Ottawa and Delta Ottawa City Centre.

Want to discover more of Canada? Then head out of the capital to visit Ontario’s spectacular national parks like Bruce Peninsula and Georgian Bay, where you can cruise the Thirty Thousand Islands. Spot black bears and moose in Algonquin Provincial Park and visit the Muskoka region for trekking, dog sledding and kayaking. Our Eastern Journey tour takes in all of Canada’s major east coast cities, including Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, as well as the mighty Niagara Falls. To experience both Canada’s urban hubs and its striking wilderness, our Canadian Contrasts tour includes both the west coast cities, as well as Banff National Park with its snow-capped peaks, lakes and glaciers.

Destination Highlights
  • Float along the UNESCO-listed Rideau Canal for views of Parliament Hill, or ice skate along its frozen surface in winter
  • Marvel at the grand Victorian and Neo-Gothic buildings in Parliament Hill, including Peace Tower, Confederation Building, and Library of Parliament
  • Visit Ottawa’s world-class museums and galleries. Highlights include the Canadian Museum of Nature, the War Museum, and the National Gallery
  • Shop at vibrant ByWard Market for art and craft stalls, local food, fashion, a farmer’s market and street entertainment

Time Zone

GMT-5 Hours

Flight Time

Approx 7 hours; direct are available with Air Canada. Indirect options are available with United Airlines and American Airlines via the USA..

Currency

CAD - Canadian Dollars

Visa Information

Please ensure you have a valid electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to your departure to Canada. Please check on the Canadian Embassy for all Visa FAQ’s.

Language

English, French

Health Information

No vaccinations required

Ottawa

June to August is the best time to visit Ottawa, when temperatures range from 18°C to 22°C. The shoulder months of September and May dip down to between 14°C to 16°C. Visit Ottawa in winter for a magical, snowy adventure - the temperatures plunge to minus 10°C in January and February. Do pack a raincoat just in case - Ottawa experiences year round rainfall of 60 to 90mm a month.

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Average weather in January

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Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
-10ºC
60mm

Average weather in February

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Ottawa
-9ºC
60mm

Average weather in March

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Ottawa
-3ºC
70mm

Average weather in April

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Ottawa
6ºC
80mm

Average weather in May

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Ottawa
14ºC
80mm

Average weather in June

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Ottawa
18ºC
80mm

Average weather in July

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Ottawa
22ºC
90mm

Average weather in August

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Ottawa
20ºC
90mm

Average weather in September

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Ottawa
16ºC
90mm

Average weather in October

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Ottawa
9ºC
90mm

Average weather in November

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Ottawa
2ºC
90mm

Average weather in December

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Avg. rainfall
Ottawa
-6ºC
90mm

Types of Ottawa holidays

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Ottawa Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

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