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Things to Do in Ottawa

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  • EliFin24119
    Vestal, NY47 contributions
    Only downside is that the ornate buildings are currently closed for renovations for the next decade.
    Guides were very knowledgeable and approachable.
    Security was effective without being intrusive.
    Do carry actual COVID 19 vaccine card to keep things straightforward.
    Maybe we will return when the renovations are complete.
    Written June 7, 2022
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  • John R
    Ontario's Near North, Canada11 contributions
    Took longer than I expected. Good exhibits and lots of space. But the efforts to murder each other over the years made me sad
    Written June 3, 2022
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  • Roger S
    L'Orignal, Canada35 contributions
    The skating surface of the canal was excellent on the 1st of Feb. 2022. It was our 5th or 6th time, skating on the canal, after 4 to 5 years of absence, The surface and the relatively milder temperature -4 to -3 Celsius with a breeze.

    Having said this, the disappointing thing was the Beaver Tails. No cheese and garlic, and they were smaller, but tasty and quite costly at $7.50CAN. After all, although they are a tradition of ours to savor after a long 5.5 KM and back for a total of 11 KM skating from Dow's lake to downtown Ottawa in view of the parliament building, remembering paying $3.50CAN for a larger version and more to it.

    If you go skating good, its wonderful experience...however as for the Beaver Tails, well, save your money. SORRY!
    Written February 2, 2022
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  • Jeff Y
    40 contributions
    I'm not a huge fan of spending time indoors, at a non-art museum, when I've visiting a place new to me --- I want to be out and about, seeing the place, rather than "artifacts" I can see elsewhere or research online. But this is a beautiful old building, with the exhibits well laid out and with just the right of information to be useful and enjoyable, without being overwhelming. Two hours was just right to see the collection. Highly recommended.
    Written June 7, 2022
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  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,643 contributions
    Although we would normally have spent at least two hours in the NGA, we were short of time because of a looming lunch date with friends. I saw the Impressionism in Canada exhibition, which we had seen in Munich in the fall of 2019. It more than merited a second visit. My wife went to the General Idea exhibition, for which I lacked time. We met in the Rideau Chapel to hear the recorded performance Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium, with forty speakers for the 40 voices that were recorded. Gorgeous music in a highly suitable setting.

    One criticism: the admissions desk has been moved into the second-floor space that used to be the location of a restaurant with a superb view of Parliament Hill. This is decidedly not an improvement.
    Written June 8, 2022
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  • John R
    Ontario's Near North, Canada11 contributions
    The arrangement means you focus on one period at a time which real absorbed us. Great for a rainy day visit and decent hiking and biking trails right there. 9km from Parliament
    Seeing the CF 16 was cool
    Written June 10, 2022
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  • puckstopper31
    Edmonton, Canada689 contributions
    Impressive landmark and well maintained. Easy to walk to. These really are buildings of our heritage.
    Written November 10, 2021
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  • Laura K
    New York City, NY36 contributions
    we were greeted by friendly folks and sampled delicious beers, that go down more like cider with strong fruit notes.
    Written July 1, 2021
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  • 1mammamia
    Woodbridge, Canada145 contributions
    This facility offers guided tours for a fee, well worth the price. You are guided to the underground corridors overlooking the laboratories where silver and gold coins are made. Through the windows you can see a few meters from you, hundreds of gold and silver coils ready to be melted and stamped. Literally hundreds of millions in value are in the vault for you to see.
    Written June 23, 2022
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  • Rod T
    Ottawa, Canada30 contributions
    Over the last 50 years I have visited many churches both in Europe and North America and Notre Dame Basilica is one of the best.
    Written June 13, 2022
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  • George B
    Montreal, Canada5 contributions
    At my wife's insistence who learned about the waterfalls on her cell phone ( it is not mentioned as a mainstreem Ottawa tourist attraction ) we were pleasantly surprised by the quiet natural beauty ,lack of crowds.. Took a very peaceful walk along the shore
    Written May 27, 2022
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  • John R
    Ontario's Near North, Canada11 contributions
    The park is lovely and spacious on the sunny days but at the northern tip are the best free washrooms in Ottawa. Great views from the park
    Written June 7, 2022
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  • Mesh
    Stratford-upon-Avon, UK194 contributions
    Free to enter, inter action as you go. Extremely interesting and informative. Plenty to see and do, great fun to create your own note and able to keep as memento
    Written June 24, 2022
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  • Kevin P
    1 contribution
    Small craft brewery that was part of our tour with great beers and very nice people make it well worth a visit if you are in the area.
    Written October 12, 2019
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  • CYFoodLover
    Ottawa, Canada594 contributions
    This past Saturday was my first ever visit to the Carp Farmers’ Market and it was very enjoyable although the grounds were muddy from an early morning rainstorm. Sure, I have been to the Carp Fair grounds once for the garlic festival and another time for an outdoorsman & fishing show; but there is nothing like shopping for fresh pastries, vegetables and grabbing something to eat while you are enjoying a day’s outing with your wife!

    Since she had been there more often and she informs me that a number of vendors had not shown up likely due to the weather. However we were kept busy sampling kimchee, preserved meat and homemade delicacies. There were still scores of concessions both indoor (a sort of barn) and outdoors; displaying their local farm products, home-made pastries, handicrafts and locally raised flowers to keep us occupied. Let’s say that there is something here for everyone!

    Like many customers, my wife came for one particularly item that she could only find grown locally here and ended up going home with one or more shopping bags of goodies! A wonder Saturday well spent!
    Written September 8, 2019
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