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Ottawa is the capital of Canada and it can be a very rewarding destination. If you cannot stand politics, then you have come to the wrong city. Parliament Hill is unmissable both as a landmark and photo opportunity. If you want to go inside, it is open for tours, climbing the Peace Tower, and observing Question Period in the House of Commons. Other national institutions like the Royal Canadian Mint also run tours. There are enough museums to fill a week. The Canadian War Museum is probably the most well known. The Canadian Museum of Civilization, across the river in Hull-Gatineau, Quebec, should also be high up on your list. Culture lovers should stop at the National Gallery and check to see if any concerts are on at the National Arts Centre.
While there are not too many Ottawa hostels to choose from, those that exist provide a wide range of possibilities -- there are some major differences in size, atmosphere, and clientele. Be sure to compare the hostels in Ottawa, so that you find the best fit for you. Location is another important factor, especially if you visit during the cold winter. It is much more comfortable to stay close to the places you want to see.
Whichever Ottawa hostel you end up staying at, ask for advice to help you see beyond the monumental city and check out the everyday urban life. A typical place to start is Byward Market. The city and surroundings are great for cycling and walking. One good place to do this is the river path system, from where there are ever changing views of the centre. Get out of town and visit Gatineau Park for a more natural experience. A good thing about winter is the chance to skate on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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HI - Ottawa Jail Hostel
"HI - Ottawa Jail Hostel has to be one of the coolest hostels in the world! Who doesn't want to sleep in their own jail cell? The formerly condemned Carleton County Jail used to house petty offenders, those on death row, mental patients, and other random guests. Since being condemned, the building has been converted with minimal renovations to the building structure into a hostel. The Location Right opposite the Rideau Center and close...
Ottawa Backpackers Inn
"Ottawa Backpackers Inn is just like a small-town hostel, except it's located in Canada's capital of Ottawa. The Backpackers Inn looks a little rundown from the outside with the old, warn couches on the porch, but don't let that fool you -- inside you'll find an environment that is lacking in the sterility of other hostels. The living area is very comfy and you'd be forgiven for trading in the bunk bed for a soft lounge chair. The room is...
Barefoot Hostel (Ottawa)
"Best hostel -- perfectly clean! - I stayed at the barefoot hostel for the long weekend of Canada Day -- it looks really small from the outside, but inside they have a big common room to chat with other backpackers or to watch tv on the big flatscreen. The rooms have a nice size -- 4 beds each with lockers as well. The bathroom -- usually the dirtiest room in a hostel was very clean and super modern! You felt not like taking a shower in a...
"… health clinic, A business/stationary mart.*Check in times: Mon-Sun before 11:00am-5:00pm. *No Shows (not arriving until 5:00pm) will be charged one night's stay unless informed earlier. Please e-mail to confirm time of arrival if you arrive later than 5:00pm *Check out time: Mon-Sun 12:00 noon. Parking Available depending on availability for a fee.***Breakfast Special at a near by restaurant 1/2 block away is included in your...
Ottawa Apartment Suite Hotel
"… bathing. Luminous living spaces deliver panoramic views along with a dedicated office-ready area. Ottawa Apartment Suite Hotel has 10 one bedroom Apartment fully furnished These apartments have a king size bed and a comfortable sofa bed for a guest. Also included: Juicer, bed linen & towels, washing machine, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, air-conditioning, oven, fridge-freezer, toaster, pots & pans, TV, DVD player, stereo,...
"… seven bedrooms, two with private, en-suite baths, all with in-room telephones. Guests have the exclusive use of the large ground floor living room, porch, dining room and sunny roof deck. Our unique, air conditioned bedrooms are furnished with antiques, and some have private baths, sun porches or a fireplace. Guests have lots of space to enjoy in the guest living room, verandah, dining room, equipped kitchen and private roof deck....
A Voyageur's Guest House, Bed & Breakfast
"Located in downtown Ottawa just behind the bus terminal Voyageur-Greyhound. Walking distance to the Parliament Hill and others tourist attractions. Shops & Restaurants at next block....Close to the airport and Train Station, Hwy 417 at the corner.There are 8 rooms in which 5 of them are upstairs with shared bathrooms and 3 in the main floor with private bathrooms, Prices are from $49 for single and $59 for couple. We pay for the breakfast...
Australis Guest House
"… and embassies and the Rideau River. You can walk downtown. Winner of gold award for services in tourism. Informative and helpful hosts on what to do in the city. 100-year old home with cosy private bedrooms all with WiFi access. Hearty, home-cooked delicious breakfasts by prize winning cook who is author of best-selling breakfast cookbook. Long-time recommendations in Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. Featured in the...
Embassy Hotel & Suites
"… Hill, the National Arts Centre, The Byward Market, museums, galleries and shopping are all just a short walk away. If the multitude of sightseeing possibilities in Canada's Capital City don't tire you out, there is a Health/Exercise Room with universal gym, rowing machine, stair master and Sauna. The Nook, a quiet cosy dining area, is open from 7 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday, for the convenience of Hotel guests. The Study,...
ByWard Blue Inn
"… City of Ottawa parking garage for $8 - $ 15 per day. Our newly refurbished rooms feature: * Complimentary breakfast * Private balconies * Ensuite bathrooms * Kitchenettes * Climate control * Telephone * Hardwire Internet access * Wireless Internet access * Cable TV Parliament Hill view from 6th floor balcony Room features: * 1 Queen sized or 2 Single beds * Spacious private balcony * 3 piece washroom with tub and shower *...
Days Inn Ottawa Downtown
"Days Inn Downtown Ottawa is within walking distance of the Parliament Buildings and the National Arts Gallery. Just 2 blocks from the hotel, guests can shop at the Byward Market or Rideau Shopping Centre. The University of Ottawa and the Casino du Lac Leamy are just minutes away. Guests will enjoy amenities such as free high-speed internet access and an on-site fitness centre. Private parking is available." … "… onto Bronson...
Travelodge Ottawa Downtown
"Welcome to the Travelodge Ottawa Downtown. We are located in downtown, a short walk to parliament and attractions. Short walk to numerous restaurants, shops, museums and Government offices. Our hotel offeres a Shuttle to and from airport (charges apply), Free Local Phone Calls, Free Onsite Parking and Free High Speed Wireless Internet among other amenities. In addition to the Rates and Totals shown, other charges may apply for local...
University of Ottawa Residences
"Wonderful place to stay, close to everything, and much cheaper than any hostel or inn! Prices range around CAD$140 weekly for one person or CAD$120 per person for double room! Unbelievable! You should check it out!" … "The residence is the best that I have ever been to. It is not a very high price to pay and you get everything that you actually need!" … "… 4 per unit. We also have a family rate, a convention rate, more...
Saint Paul Residence & Conference Centre
"… hiking and skiing that Ontario and Quebec have to offer.Each of our 93 spacious guest suites features spacious guest bedrooms, each with a double bed, private kitchenette complete with microwave, refrigerator, and sink, private three piece bathroom, large desk and work area, cable television, air conditioning, internet access, telephone with voice-mail and free local calls.All guests will also enjoy our complimentary continental...
Ottawa Travel Tips & Suggestions
There are plenty of fun things to do in Ottawa, regardless of the time of year (though it's a little chilly for those who are used to warmer weather -- make sure to bundle up if you visit in the winter!). The ByWard Market has a lot of nice restaurants. The clothing shops in the Market are pretty expensive, so I'd suggest heading to the Glebe for shopping. Bank St. has a lot of great stores. There are some great used book stores as well -- the Book Market in ByWard Market and the Book Bazaar on Bank St. The street vendors in the Market sell real wool hats, and alpaca wool hats as well! The National Gallery is worth a visit, as well as the Notre Dame across from it.
Lots of stuff to see in Ottawa, but the city basically shuts down at 9:00 PM. Go to Montreal for the night.
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