Ottawa city life
Ottawa is Canada’s cultural and historical hub, where you can visit many museums but you can also find plenty of entertainment spots.
Major attractions in Ottawa include:
- The National Gallery of Canada
- Notre Dame Basilica
- Peace Tower
- The Canadian War Museum
- The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
- The Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The Parliament Buildings
Have a lovely experience and see a play at the Ottawa Little Theatre or wander around in the ByWard public market where numerous artisans, farmers and craft merchants expose their special merchandise all year round.
Attend numerous sport events, related to hockey, football, soccer, basketball and baseball or practice some of these yourself.
While in Ottawa, join the numerous festivals or celebrations, like Winterlude, Bluesfest, Canadian Tulip Festival and many more.
Nightlife is pretty vibrant and diverse, you can find countless bars and lounges, especially in “the Market” area, and also plenty and diverse restaurants where you can taste international cuisine dishes.
Whenever you feel like seeing other places in Canada, Montreal is the closest option, around two hours away by train or by car.
International atmosphere in Ottawa
Ottawa is a multicultural city, hosting many international students and welcoming numerous tourists from all over the world. Regarding ethnic communities, you will encounter Chinese, Arabs, Latin Americans and Filipinos.
Ottawa is also home to numerous embassies and consulates and some of the world’s greatest technology companies located here, as it is one of the best cities in Canada in terms of economic development.
In Ottawa, summers are warm and humid and winters are pretty cold. Daytime temperatures during summer record 30 °C (86 °F) or higher. Snow and ice are dominant during the winter season, receiving high amounts of snow annually, with average high temperatures between -2 °C (28 °F) and – 5 °C (21 °F). Spring and fall seasons have a variable weather, with unpredictable swings.