... Along the Rideau
Ottawa is the primary gateway to eastern Ontario and offers a wide array of activities. There's a bounty of museums to enjoy, with subjects as diverse as money, nature, technology and aviation, as well as many choices in restaurants, galleries and shops. Ottawa's trail system makes the city a preferred destination of skiers, bikers and walkers.
The Rideau Waterway offers hours of delighting rambling -- quiet scenic byways along the Rideau River, past historic lock station towns. At the heart of a Rideau adventure is charming Merrickville, a village bursting with intriguing historic sites, artisan studios, live theatre and excellent dining.
Ottawa Area Attractions
30,000 acres of Canadian Shield just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa.
National Gallery of Canada
Canada's pre-eminent visual arts museum is a stunning granite-and-glass landmark near Parliament Hill.
The heart and soul of Canadian public life is Parliament Hill, three Gothic-inspired buildings with a dramatic cliff-top setting. Tours and special events.
The history and living culture of Canada's First Nations comes alive on Victoria Island, a traditional Native gathering and trading place. Craft workshops, dance demonstrations and guided tours June to September.
Merrickville Mrs. McGarrigle's Mustard:
Award-winning mustards, freshly-roasted coffee, handmade chocolates, imported and European specialty foods
Hand-crafted beautiful and durable works in leather Kilmarnock Orchards: pick your own or already picked fruit; homemade pies and preserves
Rideau Woodlands Ramble:
Garden centre and display gardens in woodland setting including rare and unusual plants