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There is a few things you should know about Ottawa hostels and the city in general. Besides comparing you the best and cheapest hostels in Ottawa, we also highlight what we have liked, disliked and things to look out for.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.
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Here is a few more tips from the community. Other travelers share their best tips on backpacking Ottawa:
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.