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  Discover Ottawa
 
As Canada’s capital city, Ottawa is constantly in the spotlight. Ottawa lies in a magnificent natural setting on the south shore of the Ottawa River, with the scenic rolling hills of the Outauaise region in the background.















The Parliament Buildings, the centrepiece of Ottawa’s landscape, with their spectacular architecture, standing graciously on the hills overlooking the beautiful Ottawa River, are there for you to explore and admire. The Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a visitor's paradise with its many historic lockstations and 202 kilometres (125 miles) of scenic waterways.

Ottawa’s location on the border of predominantly English speaking Ontario and French–speaking Quebec gives visitors the opportunity to explore its rich, vibrant, and multifaceted culture.
Ranked as the world’s largest, the Canadian Tulip Festival takes place in May, attracting some 600,000 visitors annually. Enjoy the colourful tulips in bloom and be entertained by a wide range of musical artists as well as captivating fireworks. The Canadian Tulip Festival is a celebration founded on international friendship, and began with the 1945 presentation of 100,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands to Ottawa in recognition of the role Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands.




Ottawa is a city of cultural attractions enhanced by a wide variety of national museums featuring world-class exhibits, including the Canadian Museum of History, The National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum,  Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, and the Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada.