10 reasons why Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is the perfect place for a summer city break

1. TOUR THE CAPITAL BY BIKE – Ride safely throughout Ottawa on their extensive bike paths network which allows you to explore the different neighbourhoods the city has to offer, including Downtown Rideau with its abundance of trendy retail outlets, trailblazing restaurants and thriving arts scene or Ottawa’s ByWard Market, an almost 200-year-old outdoor farmers’ and craft market surrounded by boutiques and cafés. http://www.rentabike.ca / http://www.downtownrideau.com / http://www.byward-market.com

2. MAKE A SPLASH whilst kayaking or canoeing down the world heritage UNESCO Rideau Canal that runs right through the heart of the city. Whether you want to experience nature close up watching the native birds and turtles or marvel at the architecture of boathouses and cottages that line the canal, the Rideau has something for everyone. You can also take a guide boat tour. http://www.paulsboatcruises.com

3. FOR A TASTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE visit Rideau Hall, home to the Governor General of Canada. Explore the fabulous heritage gardens, find shade under one of the 10,000 trees on its grounds, and have your camera ready when you come upon the inukshuk, totem pole and rose gardens. http://www.gg.ca/

 when the Parliament Buildings come to life in an electrifying free sound and light show that tells Canada’s story. Mosaikais projected in a colourful display on Parliament Hill nightly between July and September. http://www.mosaika-sl.ca/

5. GET ARTY and explore the National Gallery of Canada which houses more than 36,000 works inside and is earmarked as the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art. From wonderful Indigenous artworks to contemporary international pieces including French-born Louise Bourgeois’s 30-foot replica spider Maman which sits outside the gallery. http://www.gallery.ca/en/

6. UNWIND LIKE ROYALTY in the Fairmont Château Laurier. Set in the heart of the capital city and located next door to the Parliament Buildings, this hotel features 429 guest rooms, including 33 luxury suites, from cosy Fairmont Rooms to the most opulent suites. Explore the secrets of this 102-year-old hotel with the help of a modern app—and learn about the hotel’s connection to the Titanichttp://www.fairmont.com/laurier-ottawa/

7. BECOME A LOCAL and visit one of the many farmers’ markets throughout the city. Try the large Sunday market at Brewer Park with over 100 vendors of locally grown produce including meats, eggs, breads, preserves, cheeses, and ice cream. With ample green space, picnic tables under a canopy of trees, playgrounds and biking paths, Brewer Park is a very dynamic outdoor market venue. http://ottawafarmersmarket.ca

8. GET INTO THE FESTIVAL SPIRIT – Ottawa has perfected the festival. Music enthusiasts have no shortage of options with a year-round itinerary which includes BC Royal Bank Bluesfest, TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest (the world’s largest chamber music festival), Music & Beyond, and the Ottawa Folk Festival.http://www.ottawafestivals.ca

9. EXERCISE SOME RETAIL THERAPY in Westboro Village, a unique shopping district with an eclectic mix of boutiques offering exquisite clothing and accessories, outdoors gear, home décor and specialty foods. The village is well known throughout the city for its hospitality and is the perfect spot to pick up a reminder of your Ottawa trip. http://www.westborovillage.com/

10. REJUVENATE YOUR MIND AND BODY. After a hard day of strolling through the capital’s neighbourhoods unwind at one of Ottawa’s exclusive spas. Choose either a city centre retreat such as Holtz Spa with a menu of treatments that span massages and facials, to body buffs and manicures (some procedures even use local maple syrup!) or take the short 15-minute drive to Nordik Spa-Nature, the largest spa in North America, for a wholly relaxing experience in their Nordic baths or Källa saltwater pool. http://www.ottawa.holtzspa.com / http://www.lenordik.com/

For more information on Ottawa visit: http://www.ottawatourism.ca

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