Presentation of the destination
Ottawa is the capital of Canada, however it is only the fourth largest city in the country with an approximate population of 1,084,000 inhabitants. For most of its inhabitants, English is their mother tongue, although there is a large number of French speakers. As in all major cities in Canada, services are provided in English and French alike. Ottawa is located in southeastern Canada, very close to the border with the United States and the lake. Ontario The city is located on the shores of Lake Ottawa which the native Indians who inhabited the area before the arrival of the settlers called Kichesippi, which means the great river. The climate in Ottawa is temperate, with great climatic variations During the year they pass from 30 degrees Celsius in summer and they descend to 20 degrees below zero in the winter months. The city of Ottawa is located in the GMT-5 time zone, the Currency of use is the Canadian dollar.
Points of interests / things to see
The parliament hill, on which Canada's parliament building stands, is on the banks of the Ottawa River. The river, the hill and the building form one of the most beautiful views of the city. The enclosure covers a total of 112,000 square meters and the main attraction is composed of the Central Building, built between 1865 and 1927, which is the senate and the house of the commons; the Peace Tower and the Library of the Parliament, all the buildings built in neo-Gothic style. The central building suffered a fire in 1916 but was restored in a short time, nowadays the fire museum is shown in this same building. The bell that survived the fire is displayed in the library. From the tower of peace, the tallest building in Ottawa, you get the best views of the city. The best option for walking up the hill, since only the highest ones can park on the hill. authorized cars. Buses of lines 95, 96 and 97 make the journey to the base of the hill, the price of the single ticket is 2.72 dollars. Address: Wellington Street, Ottawa, Canada. Price: free. Hours: varies depending on the sessions and the day of the year, consult the website. Telephone: +1 613 992 4793 Website: http://www.parl.gc.ca/
The National Gallery of Canada is one of the most important museums of the American continent. The building in which it is located was built in 1988 with a design composed of glass and granite by Moshe Safdie. The collection of the museum is composed of paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures of all times, with a large section dedicated to Canadian artists. Some of the most important pieces of the museum belong to European Renaissance and Baroque artists such as El Greco, Rembrandt and Lorenzo Lotto. With regard to works of the nineteenth century include artists like Picasso, Degas, Monet and Boudin. Coming to the twentieth century include works by Andy Warhol, Klimt and James Ensor. But not only can you see pieces of art inside the museum, you can also enjoy the oratory of the old Rideau chapel, which was moved stone by stone to the interior of the museum. In addition to enjoying of the works of art of the interior, the gallery offers the possibility of enjoying the views over the city and, especially, the parliament hill. You can reach the gallery by taking a bus from lines 9 (stop Sussex Drive) and 1 (stop Dalhousie Street). Address: 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Canada. Schedule : October-April M, X, V, S 10: 00-17: 00, J 10: 00-20: 00; May-September V-X 10: 00-17: 00, J 10: 00-20: 00. Price: 12 dollars. Phone: +1 613 990 1985
The Rideau canal, a world heritage site, is an artificial canal built in the 19th century that divides the city of Ottawa in two and has a length of 200 kilometers, so it crosses several cities in southern Canada. This canal connects Ottawa with Kingston, on the shores of Lake Ontario, and can be navigated during the summer months, when the water is not frozen due to low temperatures. The Rideau canal is one of the main attractions of Ottawa, as well as meeting point for its inhabitants both in winter and summer. During the winter months, especially January and February, the canal waters are frozen allowing skating on the world's largest skating rink. The fans of this sport come to Ottawa only to participate in the Winterlude festival that is held every year in February and in which competitions, races and exhibition skating are held. In the summer months you can tour the canal by boat and enjoy another perspective of the city. You can also walk and bike in the gardens and trails that have been created on the banks of the canal.
The Byward market is the oldest market in Canada. The neighborhood in which it is located consists of low houses built in the architectural style of the early nineteenth century, time of the beginning of the market. Nowadays we want to preserve this environment in the neighborhood, so all remodeling and new constructions must be carried out in this style, to ensure that the neighborhood has a similar aesthetic and that it retains the essence of the time in the city. that the market was established. The Byward market not only attracts curious tourists, the people of Ottawa go there to do their shopping and spend an entertaining day. Its main attraction is its outdoor stores, so spring and summer are the best seasons to visit, although the market remains open all year. In the market you can buy fruit and vegetables, eat on the street and have a beer in a good atmosphere, some of the more than 175 market stalls offer only beer tasting. Many bars and restaurants have been opened on the streets near the market, making the neighborhood one of Ottawa's main walking areas. Website: http://www.byward-market.com/
The cathedral of Notre Dame began to be built in 1832 on the remains of a wooden church that had been there before but that had become too small for the parishioners who came to it. The original idea, by Antoine Robillard, was a neo-classical design. However, in 1844 Pierre-Adrien Telmon arrived from France to continue with the construction and the design was modified to a neo-Gothic style. The construction was completed in 1846 and in 1847 the church was consecrated as a cathedral. On the outside, the two bell towers flanking the main nave stand out, covered with tin and which make them shine every time the sun shines. The exterior decoration is sober, but the interior is much more worked. The walls are covered with brightly colored paintings and carved sculptures that represent different religious figures. The polychrome stained glass windows and the wooden sculptures that decorate the choir stand out as well. The choir is decorated with 30 wooden figures, where the most important form the Sagrada Familia with San Juan Bautista and San Patricio. Address: 385 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Canada. Schedule : L 11: 30-18: 00, MS 10: 00-18: 00 (October-May) 9: 00-18: 00 (June-September), D 8: 00-20: 30. Price : free. Guided tours prior reservation. Phone: +1 613 241 7496 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.notredameottaws
Gatineau Park is 45 kilometers from Ottawa. It has an extension of 361 square kilometers and is the ideal place to breathe fresh air, hiking, cycling and even camping. The park was inhabited before the arrival of the settlers, so the conservation of the different cultures that have inhabited the park is one of the main objectives. In this way it is possible to make tours in which you can enjoy the traces left by these cultures. Pink Lake and King Mountain are two of the main destinations in the park. In order to arrive from Ottawa, you can take the 5S motorway or take the bicycle route on the Trans Canada Trail.
The city of Kingston is located 173 kilometers from Ottawa. In addition to the attractions offered by the city, it is one of the best places to enjoy Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is the smallest of the five great lakes of northern America, yet it has an area of 19,477 square kilometers. In Kingston you can not miss a walk in the park that sits on the shore of the lake and enjoy the mouth of the river. The best way to get from Ottawa to Kingston is to take the road ON-15 S.
MontrÃ © al is a city that shows a great cultural variety and multiple attractions for those who decide to visit it. During the visit MontrÃ © al can not miss a tour of the old quarter to visit the Plaza de Armas, the Municipal Palace, the Old Port, the Basilica of Notre Dame and the History Museum of the city. Once reocrrido the historical center should visit the Olympic Park and the Botanical Garden. Excursions on the river are also very common among tourists. In order to arrive from Ottawa you can take a train that makes the journey in two hours approximately, the price of the single ticket is 60 dollars.
The archipelago of the Thousand Islands is very close to Kingston, at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River on Lake Ontario and form a natural border between Canada and the United States. The most beautiful way to get to know these islands is to take one of the many cruises that cross the area, since they offer the best views and the most hidden places, although you can also enjoy the views from the air , hiring the services of an ultralight. On one of the islands is Bolt Castle, very visited by tourists. From Ottawa, take the ON-15 S road.
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How to get there ?
By plane: Ottawa International Airport is 13 kilometers from the capital. This airport receives flights from other Canadian cities as well as from the United States and some European cities mainly. These flights are operated by the airlines Air Canada, Delta, United and US Airways among others. To move from the airport to the city center you can take a taxi, the average price of the route is 29 dollars. You can also take the public transport service OC Transpo, the price of the single ticket is 2.72 dollars. By road: the ON-15 S road and the 5S and 50S dual carriageways are just some of the highways that connect Ottawa with the rest of Canada and with the United States. By train: the company VIA Rail Canada manages rail travel. The journey between Ottawa and MontrÃ © lasts 2 hours and the price of the single ticket costs 60 dollars. The ticket to Quebec costs $ 115 and the journey takes 5 hours and 50 minutes. The trip to Toronto lasts 4 hours and 15 minutes and costs 127 dollars. VIA Rail Canada: http://www.viarail.ca/ In the city: OC Transpo manages transportation in the city of Ottawa. You can buy tickets for a single trip or multi-trip tickets that are much cheaper. The daily pass is priced at $ 7.95. OC Transpo: http://www.octranspo1.com/
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