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Ottawa Local History

It was named Canada's capital by Queen Victoria in 1857 after she was asked to settle a dispute over which city, Quebec city, Montreal, Toronto, Kingston or Ottawa should be capital.

Ottawa Attractions

Top Attractions

Rideau Canal - This man made canal travels through the city providing giving visitors all the sights that border the water. A boat, which can be hired, is the best way of getting the full ambience of the canal's scenic route which runs all the way to the city of Kingston. In winter, the canal turns into the city's skating rink, in fact becomes the world's largest skating rink. The canal was built between 1827 and 1832.

Parliament - The building, a Gothic structure completed in 1860, is very much like London's Westminster. The changing of the guard, which takes place daily in July and August, is particularly colourful.

Bytown Museum - Ottawa used to be known as Bytown. This museum, located in downtown Ottawa traces the history of the town to its present day as Canada's capital.

National Gallery of Canada - This is the home of Canada's collections of art. International exhibits are held from time to time under various themes. It is on 380 Sussex Drive.

Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel - Centrally located at the foot of Parliament Hill, the hotel is an example of the grand buildings that were built in the early 1900s by Canada's railway companies and are admired today for the design, magnitude and artistry that went into them.The interior of the hotel has large rooms with huge ceilings and is decorated in Louis XV style reproductions.

Rideau Hall - There are not many official residences in the world that allow visiters to wonder through and so Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Queen's representative, is worth a visit. Built in 1838, it is on a very large estate. There are guided tours or you can do it yourself.

Genji Japanese Restaurant This restaurant features tranquil, spacious and modern dining area as well as sushi bar. Tasty made-to-order sushi and sashimi, grilled squid, grilled eggplant, Ebi almond, beef rolls, Japanese croquettes and black cod teriyaki (named as the winning dish by Anne Desbrisay, Ottawa Citizen Food critic). Takeout is available for those on the run.
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Ottawa Shopping

Byward Market - Bustles all year around; outdoors in summer and indoors in winter.

Sparks Street Mall - This is said to be Ottawa's historic outdoor mall. It is huge, covering several blocks. Lots of parking and off course, covers everything from souvenirs to luggage from the wide range of shops.

Ottawa Restaurants and Bars

Ottawa Restaurants

Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro - Fresh seasonal fish, buffalo and other game meats are some of the items to expect from this Aboriginal style eatery. Original works of art by Aboriginal artists adorn the restaurant which is on 108 Murray Street, Byward Market.

Cora's - This is a restaurant children will love for its simple but appealing meals. The menu is said to be inspired by Quebecois. For breakfast there is fresh fruit, French toast, cheese, yoghurt, cereal, old fashioned pancakes, eggs, baked beans and crotons. The lunch menu features over 20 choices like salads, sandwiches, stuffed crepes and pot pies. It's on 179 Rideau Street.

Rockcliffe Boathouse Marina - Just five minutes from downtown, is a traditional Canadian restaurant in a nautical setting.

Ottawa Bars & Clubs

Barrymore's Music Hall - The nice thing about Barrymore's is that there is no cover charge and yet they often host some very good rock and jazz bands, including some of international repute. There are DJs every Sunday night. The club is on 323 Bank Street.

The Earl of Sussex Club - A typical British club and there are many of them in Ottawa, catering for those with a taste for the old empire and its ways. It's on 431 Sussex Drive in the Byward Market area. Patrons have a choice of 30 varieties of beer on tap besides other domestic and imported beer. There is live music on Fridays and Saturday.

Babylon Nightclub - Dance the night away to funk, punk. metal and hip hop music at 317 Bank Street. While there are resident DJs, live bands also perform regularly.

D'Arcy Mcgee's Irish Pub - Live Celtic music is played four nights a week. Even if you don't have a taste for the music, you will be enjoy the friendly atmosphere in a typical Irish setting. The drinks themselves are enough the warm the soul, bourbon, scotches, ports and cognogs served with an Irish meal. The pub is 44 Sparks Street, downtown.

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