Advice for Visitors to Canada
Welcome to Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capitol city! There is plenty
to see and do so let’s get started.
The Rideau Canal is one of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa as well
as being the longest skating rink in the world in the cold winter months.
You can skate for miles and stop along the way to warm up with a hot chocolate
or a traditional Beaver’s Tail (a type of deep fried doughnut that
looks, well, like a beaver’s tail!) In the summer it is filled with
boats and just as lovely to walk along. Gatineau
Park is also ideal for walking, biking or cross country skiing.
The park also houses the estate of Mackenzie King, Canada’s former
Since you are in the capitol city you may want to take a peek inside the
splendid buildings on Parliament Hill. If you are visiting in the summer
months (May to August) check out the Sound and Light show which is a dazzling
half hour sound and light display of Canada’s history. It’s
free and there are two shows per night (weather permitting), one in English
and one in French. For more info contact the National Capitol Commission
at 1 800 465-1867.
If you brought the kids you will not want to miss out on The
Museum of Science and Technology with many hands-on activities
to keep little hands busy. And if you’ve got a little boy in tow
you can’t leave without checking out the dinosaurs in the Canadian
Museum of Nature. There is also the stunning National
Gallery of Canada which houses some of the most beautiful paintings
in the world.
Health and Safety
Ottawa is a very safe, friendly town. There are no health warnings issued
at present with regards to any diseases or illness. Of course
one never knows when you might get a flu or cold so it is better to buy
travel insurance before going on holiday anywhere. That what no matter
what you will be covered and not have the stress of unexpected expenses
due to unexpected illnesses!