A fair number of our guests are from outside the Ottawa area.  To make your stay in Ottawa more enjoyable, we have outlined a number of things you may want to see and do while you are visiting our lovely city.

To help you locate things, a map grid reference is provided in the descriptions below.  These grid references refer to the large scanned in map of central Ottawa that you can download from our "Useful Guest Info" page.


There are many places to shop in a city the size of Ottawa (population ~1 million).  In the older, more central parts of the city you can find trendy little specialty shops and patio cafés.  A famous area for this is the Byward Market, which also has open air booths where people sell their locally grown produce and other crafts.

If you are looking more for the shopping mall environment, we have plenty of them too!  Most of the malls are located along the Queensway (Hwy 417), so they are all easy to get to.

Finally, if you are looking for "box" stores like: Walmart, Future Shop, or Staples, you will need to head more towards the suburbs of the city.


The Glebe (Bank St., C5)
Downtown (Bank St., A5-B5)
Byward Market (A6)
Westboro (Wellington/Richmond Rd., B1-B2)


Bayshore Shopping Centre (Bayshore exit from Hwy 417)
St. Laurent Shopping Centre (St. Laurent exit from Hwy 417)
Rideau Centre (Rideau @ Colonel By, A6)
Place d'Orleans (Place d'Orleans exit from Hwy 174)

Outlets (Box Stores)...

Greenbank Rd. @ Hwy 417
Bank St. @ Hunt Club Rd. (H5)
Ogilvie Rd. @ Blair Rd.
Innes Rd. @ Blair Rd.
Merivale Rd. @ Hunt Club Rd.



Restaurant Areas...

South Keys (Bank St. @ Hunt Club Rd., H5)
Byward Market (A6)
any shopping area from above

Favourite Spots...

Don Alfonso's (434 Bank St., B5)
236-7750, Spanish style, many seafood dishes

Flying Piggy's (1665 Bank St., F5)
526-4900, good food & wine list

Juniper (1293 Wellington St., B2)
728-0220, fine food, trendy

The Keg (75 York St., A6)
241-8514, yumm steak & prime rib!

Along with the variety of shopping, we have a wide variety of restaurants.  Classy to casual, chain to mom-and-pop, we pretty much have it all.  All of the shopping areas listed above have restaurants and pubs as well.  We have provided you with a list of areas that have a good number of restaurants to choose from, as well as a few places that Anne-Marie and I have dined and thoroughly enjoyed.

Bon Appetite!



Being the Nation's Capital, there are obviously a fair number of museums in the city.  You can get more information on the museums in the city by going to the Ottawa Museum Website.

Anne-Marie and I have checked out a few museums over the years.  Our favourites are listed to the right.

Ottawa Museum Website

Canada Science & Technology Museum
Canada Aviation Museum
Canadian Museum of Nature (B6)
Canadian Museum of Civilization (+IMAX theatre)
National Gallery of Canada (A6)
Canadian War Museum (A6)


Free Stuff

Canada's Capital Website

Rideau Canal (E3-A6)
This waterway passes through the heart of the city, and is lined with nice parks and walking paths.

Rockliffe Parkway (A6-east)
Start on Sussex Drive, and take the car or walking/biking paths along the Ottawa river out to the east. Pass by the Prime Minister's house, Rideau Hall (Governor General's house), and many other fancy buildings.  Great views of the river.

Gatineau Park (Quebec side of Ottawa River)
This is a big conservation area with many of great hiking and biking trails. Check out the Meech Lake trails, and Kingsmere (Mackenzie King's estate).

Arboretum & Fletcher Wildlife Garden (D3-D4)
Part of the Central Experimental Farm and Rideau Canal Park system, there are many lovely and peaceful spaces to walk through here.    

Ottawa is famous for the fact that it is a "green" city, in other words we have lots and lots of parks.  The park spaces around the city are maintained by the National Capital Commission (NCC).  You can check out their website for information on all the sites of the Ottawa region, including the Parliament Buildings, museums, and other cool stuff.

Anne-Marie and I enjoy biking, or even just walking in many of our parks.  We have listed a few of the places we frequent on the left.


Movies & Theatre

If you are looking for entertainment while you are here, we have a number of big modern movie theatres, and some live entertainment venues.

Online movie theatre listings

The National Arts Centre (NAC)

The Ottawa Little Theatre



    The Weather Network - Ottawa

Ottawa is usually pretty nice in the fall (fingers crossed).  You may want to check the forecast just in case to be sure of what to wear; a tee-shirt or a parka.


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