Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is the Capital City of Canada. The city is situated on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in south-eastern Ontario. Across the river is the community of Gatineau and the Quebec Border. The centre piece of Ottawa is Parliament Hill (Home of the Federal Government of Canada) and an assortment of surrounding federal buildings.
The city is home to Victorian-era architecture and historic sites complimented by entertainment, cultural, and artistic venues. Most notably are the National Gallery of Canada, National Arts Centre, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Portrait Gallery of Canada, Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Quebec).
There are 25 National Historic Sites in Ottawa. The Rideau Canal and Fort Henry are some of Ottawa's most popular historic sites. They are also recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Other historic sites in the region include Laurier House, Château Laurier, Earnscliffe, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica and Rideau Hall.
Some of the more popular attractions, festivals, tours and guides in Ottawa, Ontario include the many historic sites listed above, as well as, the "changing of the guard at Parliament Hill", Escape Rooms, and Winterlude.
Many activities are enjoyed in the city and surrounding parks like walking tours, biking, sightseeing historic sites, camping, kayaking, whitewater rafting, golfing, skiing, caving, skydiving, boat cruises, flightseeing and hiking.
The more notable parks, trails and natural places to visit include the Rideau Canal & Walkway, Rideau Hall, Kitchissippi Lookout and the Confederation, Commissioners and Bate Island Parks.